Jody Hartle wears a lot of different hats. She runs a successful farm, bakery and cookery and serves on the Surry Farmers Market Board - all while teaching at Surry Community College.
Hartle runs Barking Coyote Farm and Barking Coyote Bakery and Cookery with her husband. The farm is in Wilkes County while the bakery is in Elkin.
She has lived in the Clingman area since 1973. She and her husband bought their farm in 1994 but only recently made the farm a source of income when her schedule with SCC went from 12 months to nine per year.
The Barking Coyote is home to 120 free-range chickens, with their coop known as the “Chick Inn.” Their eggs are added to the large number of produce that is grown on the farm.
Cherry, pear, apple, fig, peach, pecan and walnut trees stand on the property. Zucchini, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, rhubarb and garlic are all grown in the fields, and an aviary of bees rounds out the assortment of products from the farm.
Blackberries, strawberries and blueberries are also produced on the farm.
Hartle said the farm produces about 1,200 bushels of blueberries - 10 gallons of blueberries a day.
The blueberries take up most of the summer days, then in the afternoons the rest of the crops are tended to.
The Barking Coyote is not “certified” organic, but the owners do try to keep pesticides to a bare minimum and do not spray during harvesting time. Also, the pesticides would kill the bees from Hartle’s aviaries as they try to gather pollen.
The bakery produces artisan breads, pastries, bagels, cakes, fruit tarts, cookies and cakes. Jams, marmalade, chutneys, relishes, pickles and salsas are also up for sale.
Currently the farm and bakery sell their goods only through farmers markets like the Elkin Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. She also attends the markets in Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy and in Clemmons.
She and her family split the earnings from their efforts into thirds to keep the children’s interest in the farm - one third for her son, one for her daughter, and the remaining third for her and for her husband.
She’s also the professor of a totally new degree at SCC. Digital Media Technology begins in the fall of 2013 and takes Hartle out of the simulation and game design major and makes her the lead instructor of the new major.
The program is one of only four in the state that will offer students to take the major - and the only one focusing on instructional design - designing simulations for companies to practice with.
The program can cater to corporate, medical and educational requirements for simulators.
Hartle said this kind of technology was set to be the next big thing. Students will not be limited to just this type of technology even if it will be SCC’s main focus.
The same software used in the simulation and game design will be included in the new program, allowing the college to use much of the same technology while giving students an entirely new use for it.
There is also overlap between areas like graphic design and other design programs.
In the future SCC hopes to partner with universities like Appalachian State, East Carolina and UNC - Asheville to allow students to transfer their two-year degree to a four-year university.
Pre-registration is ongoing through the summer.
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