South Wind Produce is owned and operated by Miles Okal and Angie Raines. We began in 2013 at the Breeze Incubator Farm in Hillsborough, NC before buying land in 2014. Our 47-acre farm in Rougemont, NC is a former tobacco farm that we are cultivating into a diverse landscape of fruits, vegetables, orchard trees, grasses, wetlands and woods.
Miles grew up in Arlington County, VA and has over 10 years experience farming in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Angie grew up in Hickory, NC and came to farming from a love of cooking. We met in 2010 when Angie was Market Master for the Dupont Circle Farmers Market in Washington, DC and Miles was working for farmer Heinz Thomet at Next Step Produce, a vendor at Dupont Circle. After farming together at Next Step Produce in 2011 we moved to the NC triangle to continue working towards our dream of starting our own farm. We have found a wonderful community here.
As we build our farm we are experimenting with new crops for this region like rice, beans, and unique varieties of Japanese and Italian vegetables. All of our products are grown with an emphasis on the health of our community and the land.