Young Farmer of the Day: Cole Revis with Revis Farms & Flat Rock Fresh

Each year at the Got to Be NC Festival, we recognize three young farmers between the ages of 18 and 40 through our Young Farmer of the Day Program, presented by AgCarolina Farm Credit and AgSouth Farm Credit. These young farmers work hard every single day to further the N.C. Agriculture industry and build upon it as the next generation of leaders. Come out during the Got to Be NC Festival this year, May 17-19th, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to help us recognize them and say thank you for all their hard work! 

Farming is a family affair for many operations across North Carolina. Cole Revis, fifth-generation farmer with Revis Farms and Flat Rock Fresh in Flat Rock, grew up following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather on the farm. “Some of my earliest memories here were being on a tractor with my dad as we followed my pawpaw around the fields,” he said. “I always knew that I wanted to have a place in agriculture alongside them one day.” Twenty-six years later, Cole and his family are still working together on the farm growing a variety of produce, like apples, and raising beef cattle.

Growing up on their farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cole was raised with a knowledge and appreciation for agriculture at a young age. From helping raise cattle for high-quality beef products to learning how to grow a variety of produce, Cole spent many evenings and summers getting his hands dirty and allowing agriculture to seep deeper into his veins. By the time Cole graduated high school, agriculture was such a passion of his that he had no difficulty deciding what his college major would be. Today, with a degree in Agriculture Mechanization from Clemson University, Cole is not only making a difference on the farm for Revis Farms, but also throughout the community through Flat Rock Fresh.

Last fall, Cole and his family opened Flat Rock Fresh to the community in an effort to bring their products to more people. The roadside stand, located directly off I-26 on the Upward Road exit, provides seasonally fresh produce and other locally grown, raised, caught and made products to customers. Cole and his family partnered with other farms in the area to offer a variety of local items in one location. Some of the items people can look for include apples, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and bread. “It has been wonderful to watch the stand grow into a community hub for our family, friends, and neighbors who all farm to sell produce and other local products to our community,” said Ellerslie McCue, a family friend who nominated Cole Revis for our Young Farmer of the Day Program. “We have been blown away by the support and excitement for the stand and look forward to watching it grow, supporting more farmers and providing local goods to our area.” The farm-stand is open year-round, which means people can experience a variety of fresh products all year long. Stop by today to stock up on all your favorite produce items and help support our local farmers!

Beyond the farm stand, Cole’s passion for agriculture further shines through his involvement with local FFA groups, other farms in the area and the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association. “Cole is a mentor and advisor for our local FFA group where he works hard to educate the upcoming generation of agricultural leaders,” said Ellerslie. “He also works closely with many farmers in our area. His patience for teaching and kindness to others never fails to amaze me in the midst of all that he has to get done on the farm.” Throughout the community, Cole and his family are known for their willingness to help others and their hard work ethic. “The Revis family is made up of the hardest working people I’ve ever known,” said Ellerslie, “but that work ethic doesn’t hold a candle to what they are willing to do to help others. Cole is the first person to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, and that is a trait that has been passed down to him through the generations.” All of these qualities and more contributed to Cole being chosen as one of the Young Farmers of the Day for the Got to Be NC Festival this year.

Cole’s wife, Dr. Emily Revis, is also heavily involved on the family farm and across the N.C. Agriculture industry. She is currently a small and large animal vet at Animals R Us, the local vet clinic in Flat Rock. “Emily serves as a big supporter of the agriculture community in this region and has a big impact on the industry around here,” Ellerslie said. “Together, her and Cole are a force to be reckoned with!”

Look for Cole and Emily around the festival grounds today, or wave as they ride in the tractor parade at 1 p.m. with their family in the Got to Be NC pickup truck. We are so honored to have Cole representing the agriculture industry and propelling it forward. From farming to mentoring, he is a shining light for the upcoming generation of agriculture leaders. Thank you Cole for helping to further the agriculture industry through all your hard work on the farm and throughout your community!

About Rollercoaster

"Life is short, so do the things you love with the people you love." Rollercoaster is the fair-themed nickname for Taylor Harris, an information and communications specialist in the Public Affairs Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. An alumni of N.C. State University and former Marketing and Sales Assistant with Scott Farms, a sixth-generation family farm out of Lucama, NC, she is no stranger to the world of agriculture. Football and singing are her biggest passions. While at the fair, her "must do" items are a pineapple smoothie from Tropical Delight and a ride on the Fireball, now referred to as F5.

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