Community Works To Save Sick Man's Farm

By: Rachel Markin Email
By: Rachel Markin Email


"I'm just a neighbor helping a neighbor that's all i know to say," says life long Richard Wilkerson.

Since early October, Richard Wilkerson has been coming here with nearly 100 other volunteers.

"They've been coming here after their work shift, staying for four or five hours or late into the night, some of them five and six days a week," says Kevin Trent, Calvin Harp's brother-in-law.

These volunteers are stripping Calvin Harp's tobacco.
"he's slipping in and out right now..."

Harp has stage-four pancreatic cancer and can no longer work on his farm.

"Oh he loved doing it, he'd sneak out here after church sometimes," says Trent.

Friends and family describe Harp as a strong, generous man..

"...He would do anything for anyone, at any time, didn't matter," says Tim HighBaugh, who describes himself as friend.

They say Calvin Harp poured his heart into this work and they have come here to make his farm survives as a way to celebrate him.

"Oh we joke and talk about memories with him..." says Highbaugh.

For some it might be hard to understand, but they swear there is healing in the physical labor of stripping the tobacco.

The volunteers have been working for three straight months, producing more tobacco, quicker than Harp Farm has done before.

They expect to be finished tonight or tomorrow.


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