The Digital Journalist
© John Ficara
Greene County, Alabama -- Eddie Cole pauses in his field with his basket of freshly picked beans. The fourth generation to work the family farm and a music teacher in the Sumter County school district, he relies on friends and family during peak harvest season and occasionally resorts to hiring help to get produce out of the fields on time. He says of his struggles, "[Farmers] can't seem to benefit from increased prices at the top. Prices for produce bushels have pretty much remained the same. Small farmers are struggling and black farmers struggle with financing and loans. I had to sell two cows [out of 20] to put seeds in the ground."