Piney Mountain joined many other area churches in an effort, organized by the Farmers' Federation, to support themselves during the hard times of the depression by raising corn and other vegetables for sale. At right are three photographs of Piney Mountain folks gathered for that purpose. (Click each one to enlarge it and view the identifications. If you can identify others, or correct any, please contact us.)
These photographs are in the McLeod Collection of the Mars Hill College Archives. Special thanks to Richard Sams Dillingham, MHC local historian, for finding them and making them available to Phena Shepherd Howie, who shared them with this website.
Phena remembers that her father assigned her a few rows in the family garden to raise beans for the project. She still treasures her badge from the Lord's Acre project, shown here enlarged; it is one inch in diameter.
For more information about the Farmers' Federation and the Lord's Acre project, see these sources: