Wrenn's Farm is a third generation family farm that has been in business for 50+ years. Beginning in 2020, the farm's focus is on growing strawberries and cut flowers for the local community. We want to continue to improve our small business in order to be a part of the eastern North Carolina farming community for many years to come.
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Calvin and Pearl Wrenn settled on what is currently known as Wrenn's Farm, after their marriage in the early 1920s. The land came from Pearl's father, the Murray family, and she and Calvin farmed tobacco during their lifetime and raised thirteen children in a three bedroom house, which still stands on the property today.
Fletcher Wrenn, their oldest son, left the farm to join the Merchant Marines in the 1950s. He traveled the world before 'coming home' to take over when his father, Calvin, passed away on the farm. Fletcher began running the farm along with his newly wedded wife, Rachel. They built hothouses in the 1960s and began transitioning the farm out of tobacco and into greenhouse and field produce. The transition out of tobacco was complete in the 1980s. The couple had one son, Mitchell, who grew up on the farm and decided early on he wanted to continue the family tradition of farming.
Mitchell Wrenn started his own legacy by getting into the strawberry plug and plant growing business. He was an active board member of the NC Strawberry Association for many years, and helped other strawberry growers along the southeast with their farming businesses. Mitchell had a great impact on the industry, and his local community. He and his wife Tonya had two sons, Austin and Ethan.
Austin Wrenn grew up knowing that he wanted to be a farmer. He and his little brother, Ethan, grew up working on the farm alongside Fletcher and Mitchell. Fletcher passed away in 2008, and Mitchell took over the operation. Eventually, Austin started in the agriculture program at NC State, and Ethan began working towards a forestry degree a few years later. Once graduation came around, Austin had an offer to work for an international greenhouse company, which he took in order to get industry experience.
While he loved his work, he always wanted to go back home to be close to his family and live on his own farm. He had the chance a couple years later, around the same time Ethan graduated with his forestry degree. Austin had been in a serious relationship for several years, and he asked his girlfriend, Christina, if she would consider moving to the farm once she graduated to help the Wrenn's on the farm. She said yes to the farm, and then yes to Austin's wedding proposal a year later. They are now happily married.
Since 2018, Austin has been a full-time farmer on the land that has been in his family for over 100 years. Ethan is now a nurse, along with working as the farm mechanic, berry and flower picker, and fix-it man whenever he is not working his full-time job. They both work together, along with the entire Wrenn family with the common goal of farming and keeping the land in the family for generations to come.