Honoring Frank Wilbournby Representative Bennie G. Thompson
Posted on 2014-01-08
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a
prodigal farmer, Frank Wilbourn.
Mr. Wilbourn was born and raised in Marks, MS. He is 71 years old and has the ageless quality of someone with natural wisdom and a generous spirit. At age 22, he took the road north for the promise of better paying jobs. After returning home from 23 years of working in the steels mills of Milwaukee, he bought his father's farm and began life as one of the few local organic produce growers and the only local organic produce seller in the town. This land was purchased by his parents in 1939.
[[Page E21]] Mr. Wilbourn spends part of his days below a shade tree besides the Fred's Dollars Store parking lot. His truck bed overflows with cabbage, string beans, bundles of kale, bags of okra, and baskets of tomatoes and peppers.
Mr. Wilbourn grows all of the produce himself on a 5-acre fraction of his 100-acre farm that's nearby. On his property, two high tunnels stand in stark contrast to the surrounding straight lines of pines and the row crops of area farms.
Mr. Wilbourn is a part of the Delta Fresh Family and was inspired by his wisdom and love for his community.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Mr. Frank Wilbourn for his dedication in being a remarkable farmer.