Sharp Family keeping the family traditions alive

Sharp Family keeping the family traditions alive

Amy Sharp is used to life on the farm, her father was a farmer and she grew up on a farm in Humphrey near Stuttgart. She and Jamey met as students at Arkansas State in Jonesboro and the as the say the rest is history. They married in 2000 are the proud parents of two youngsters, son Jay who is 12 and daughter Alli who is 9.

Alli and I bonded over our love of cats as there was a new crop of late spring kittens at the farm headquarters. Both children are active members of the farm team and help with various activities during crop production throughout the year. Jay and Alli worked hard during the spring and early summer to produce a thriving garden and brought in a bumper crop of squash. They don’t like to eat squash but it was a nice addition to family meals for their mom and dad. Their watermelon patch didn’t fare as well as we had little early rain this year. The kids also have a little side business during the fall when they pick up pecans and sell them.

“They are just little harvesters” Jamey said. “We do a lot of crawfish dinners and save up the sacks. Jay and his two cousins, Preston and Caden Barber loaded up the sacks in addition to several 5 gallon buckets this past sea­son.”

There are over 15 old pecan trees at Arrowhead Farms.

The Sharps live on land that is across the road from where Jamey grew up in Crawfordsville.

After he and Amy

married they lived in the old original farm house on Sharp Rd that Jimmy had remodeled for them when they married.

They purchased the old Springfield house in 2005 and have remodeled it into a comfortable, cozy family retreat. Amy even kept the old 1950’s electric stove that was original to the kitchen.

Jamey remembered cutting the yard to the house when he was a kid. The yard has a variety of old fruit trees, pears, plums and such.It was a long yard and he was able to pick up and eat an apple by the time it was time to turn and make the next row. He would eat the fruit while cutting the grass. The Sharp family and the Springfield family have an association that goes back into the 1940’s. Jimmy Sharp, Jamey’s dad, was Crittenden County Farm Family in 1988. The Sharps lived in a brick ranch house at the corner of Hwy. 50 across the street from the Springfield House. Jamey was 12 years old, the same age as his son Jay when I did their Farm Family Section back in 1988, so working with the family this summer brought back a lot of good memories.

Jamey’s grandfather also farmed the same land and started the family farming tradition. The town of Crawfordsville grew up around these family farms that thrived because they were on some of the highest land in Crittenden County.

The Farm headquarters is located just behind the family home. It is filled with family memorabilia reminiscent of old Crawfordsvlle and holds many family collectibles.

Jamey and his dad collected arrowheads while he was growing up. Most kids did in the area as the tiny treasures were uncovered each year with early spring tilling. All of my cousins had the same hobby. The headquarters is located on Arrowhead Farm Rd. off Hwy. 50.

Amy, a part-time pharmaceutical sales rep, spends her days busy with the kids and their activities. She loves to cook and has shared with us two of her favorite recipes.

Jamey runs the operation with the help of three other workers. Stanley Duckworth was born on the farm.

“This is as much his farm as it is mine” Jamey said.

His father came up from Mississippi when my grandfather farmed and he and his 5 brothers stayed. He lives about 50 feet from where his original family farm house is located. A Romanian family; father Narcis and son Silviu came to work the farm about 3 years ago.

“They are great workers and have a very strong work ethic,” Jamey said. He saw their resume and it stated that they didn’t want to be separated and wanted to work on the same farm. The Sharps hired them and it has proved to be very advantageous. The first day on the farm Sliviu, an animal lover, rescued one of Alli’s cats that had been stuck in a tree for three days.

He took a ladder climbed up the tree and rescued a very frightened kitty. When they return from their trip home, during lay-by they bring the children chocolates. They live in the old farm house on Sharp Road. They are on the farm from March through Thanksgiving when Narcis returns to the mountain side of Romania and spends time with his wife.

Jay is an all round country boy who loves to hunt and fish. He fishes almost daily in the pond across the road from their house. He attends Marion Middle school where he plays left field and third base for the Diamond Astros. In addition to her love of cats little Alli is in the third grade at Richland elementary and is a cheerleader for Stardom Athletics.

Jamey grows primarily corn and rice. Amy and nephew, Banks Barber were busy flying kites in the field by the land on Sharp Road. The corn crop had just been planted.

The nephew was just amazed when he returned two weeks later and the crop was over his head. Jamey was busy harvesting the corn crop north of Crawfordsville this week and let me ride in the combine while he cut a few rows. It was one of the best afternoon I’ve had in a long time.

The Sharps are a typical modern farm family and hopefully Jay will continue the tradition and make it 4 generations on the family farm.