Ford aiming for cantaloupe comeback

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Christopher Ford, a rising senior at Warren Early College High School, will research the history and possible future production of Ridgeway cantaloupes during a summer internship with the non-profit organization Working Landscapes.

Cantaloupes from the Ridgeway area were once a prized export but have fallen largely out of favor. Ford is investigating opportunities to increase cantaloupe production by identifying new markets. He will also be researching the history of the cantaloupes.

Ford is seeking input from farmers, Ridgeway residents and any others who may have useful knowledge about the fruit.

For more information or to contribute to the project, Ford may be contacted at (252) 257-0205 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ford will also assist Working Landscapes with projects like the Chopped Produce Initiative, through which local produce is chopped, bagged and distributed to regional school districts.

Working Landscapes is a nonprofit organization based in Warren County that aims to create sustainable jobs in Warren County, with a primary focuses on the production of agricultural goods.

The internship was made possible by the Max Max Mukelabai Diversity Internship Program, which is sponsored by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.