Jacob and Candice live in the small, eastern NC town of Trenton in Jones County. Jacob graduated from NC State University in 2007 with a degree in Agronomy. In 2014, he graduated with his Master's degree, also from NC State University, in Extension Education. He currently works for NC State Extension and farms on the side. Candice graduated from Meredith College in 2007 with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. She received her Master's degree in Special Education from East Carolina University in 2012. Candice teaches Chinese students how to speak English online and stays home with their daughter, Ella Paityn and son, Judah.
Neither Jacob nor Candice grew up on a farm, though Jacob grew up in the small town of Winterville and scouted cotton and tobacco through high school. Candice, on the other hand, was raised on an "asphalt farm" in Cary, NC. After they got married in 2009, they moved to Vanceboro where Jacob's dream of farming started to become a reality. Morgan Meats began when one of Jacob's farmers through Extension gave him a pig, which he hauled home in a dog box in the back of his truck. With absolutely no forethought having gone into this scenario, they scrambled to create somewhere for this pig to go. It's worth mentioning that they lived in a neighborhood....with a Home Owner's Association! After the first pig, they got two more…then three...then four. Then, they decided that their neighborhood setup was no longer going to be conducive to their needs. So, Jacob and Candice sold their house in 2013 (a little more quickly than expected) and began the hunt for land.
Five years after the conception of Morgan Meats, they purchased 12 acres of land, built a home, and grow about 50 pigs a year. One of their goals is to build the farm debt free, which seems to be synonymous for slow. They currently sell at two Farmers Markets, two grocery stores, two restaurants, and to a CSA out of Raleigh.