Fourtee Acres is a 45 acre minority owned family owned forestry, farming, natural gardening and rental property operation established in 1994 (with the birth of our youngest child) that is engaged in sustainability for the future. Fourtee Acres is part of the 195 acre century old Williams Family Farm (established 1916). For Tussie and Roxanna Williams, married in 1910 (our grandparents) farming was a way of life. Roxanna’s maternal family (The Wilkins) actually owned property prior to her marriage to Tussie and brought property into the marriage. Together, over the years, they were able to purchase land of which 195 acres remains under family ownership to present day.
Fourtee Acres is owned by Tyrone and Edna Williams along with their three sons, Trevelyn, Tremaine and Tyron. The name Fourtee Acres is a play on the proverbial “forty acres and a mule” that was promised to African-Americans after slavery, with a twist to acknowledge the “Four T’s” (Tyrone, Trevelyn, Tremaine and Tyron). The “double” EE’s at the end represent the “Energizing Effort” that Edna has brought to our family and to the continuing legacy of the Williams name. She has embraced this endeavor as her own legacy (as it is) and has made all of the work worthwhile. She is our backbone!
We have established the following goals for our beloved Fourtee Acres.
Our goals are:
1). Measured Succession Planning
2). Generate Sustainable Wealth and Income
3). Conservation of the environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife through sound management practices.
We believe in leaving things better than we found them, and to that end, we hope to share our story, our journey to enlighten, entertain and educate others.
In the words of my late father, Luther M. Williams “It is not how long one lives, but how well one lives”.
Keeping The Farm Workshop (2018)
Black Communities Conference (2018)
NC Forest Service Annual Landowner Meeting (2018)
NC Minority Farmers & Landowners Conference (2018)
US Endowment for Forestry & Communities Retreat (2018)
Halifax Comm. College-Agri- Business Class (2018/2019)
Tuskegee Univ. 127th Annual Farmers Conference (2019)
NC & Va Forest Landowner Conference (2019)
Various other workshops and conferences in prior years
Sustainable Forestry & Land Retention Project
NC Forest Service
USDA-Farm Service Agency
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)
American Tree Farm System
NC Tree Farm Program
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
US Forest Stewardship Program
Halifax Community College (SBC)
" Thought for The Future"
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit ~ Greek Proverb
American Tree Farm Certification
NC Tree Farm Certification
Forest Stewardship Certification
Certificate - Halifax Community College Agri-Business Program
Help Save Rural America Award (Winston County Self Help Cooperative)
Black Century Land Ownership Recognition Program (BCLORP)
North Carolina Century Farm
Public Member, NC Board of Registered Foresters