Jerry Plemmons:
I think back to the fact that when I was growing up, everybody – every family – had a garden. Every family had a milk cow. Every family raised chickens both for eggs and for meat, and everybody raised a pig for meat. In a space of a very few years, the milk cows and the pigs and the chickens vanished. People were able to go to the supermarket. People continued to raise gardens and can food from the gardens for several years, but now when you drive through this county how many real gardens do you see? Not very many.

- Jerry Plemmons, a lifetime Madison County resident and energy conservation consultant

Interview with Jerry Plemmons by Rob Amberg, November 10, 2000, Interview K-0506, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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