The process was part of Yam Jam, a new event sponsored by the North Carolina Study Center that aims to provide locally grown sweet potatoes to organizations and people that need food.
First Fruits Farm, owned by former UNC football and NFL player Jason Brown, contributed sweet potatoes to the event. Brown said he started farming to connect with his fellow people and after being led to it by God.
“So I was at the top of my game, but guess what, the day that I turned 27 years old it was like no other — I woke up that morning and I looked in the mirror and dude, I was going through a midlife crisis because I began to measure up everything that my brother had accomplished in his life dedicating his life to service over the course of 27 years and everything that I had accomplished in my life with, yeah, with football, yeah, successful football career, fortune, you know fame and guess what? There was no comparison — literally no comparison,” Brown said.
Brown said he wants people to learn how to grow food and that edible plants should be planted around communities.