William Carrigan is a beginning farmer with a passion for agriculture. Growing up on Carrigan Farms, he has deep roots in the land and a lifelong connection to nature. Recently, William graduated with honors from North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, with minors in Entomology and Biology. His academic background provides him with a solid foundation in science, which he applies to all aspects of farming.
William is a man of many interests, with a particular fascination for insects, mycology, and foraging for mushrooms. He is studying the impact of plant growth regulators on delaying bloom to prevent crop loss to frost in apples and peaches. He is also particularly interested in pawpaws, having traveled all over the eastern United States to research them. Currently, William is focused on identifying the best suited pawpaw cultivars for his locale that possess key traits of freestone, yellow / color-break, and superior flavor profile and is in the process of establishing a large pawpaw orchard. This spring, he will be planting a new apple orchard and a new block of asparagus, adding to the farm’s already diverse selection of crops.
Blessed with the gift of gab, William is passionate about sharing the crucial importance of agriculture. As the farm’s spokesperson, William understands both the history and tradition of farming and the amazing agricultural advances yet to come. He is a strong advocate for no-till farming and sustainable agricultural practices and takes great pride in planting and tending the crops at Carrigan Farms, including pumpkins, sunflowers, corn, and more.
In addition to his work in agriculture, William is a certified lifeguard and lifeguarding instructor with many years of experience at the quarry at Carrigan Farms. He is also a PADI certified rescue diver and loves scuba diving during his vacations. William enjoys long walks in the woods, fishing, and other outdoor activities, as well as listening to classic rock.
In his free time, William enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is a mentor and a natural teacher, always willing to lend a helping hand and share his passion for farming. Click here to see William explain about some of the crops on the farm.