At the age of seven, Marvin Ross was given his first pig. His grandfather, a farmer, helped him feed and care for it, and along the way, he taught Ross valuable lessons he would someday need to run a farm of his own. “I raised that pig and we took it to the market,” he says. “That’s where it all started for me.”
In addition to working a full-time job, Ross’ grandfather, Thomas Henry Ross, farmed more than 100 acres of land in Dorchester, South Carolina. With 11 children to help, Thomas and his wife grew row crops such as corn, soybeans and cotton, in addition to vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers…..