Family and community come together at the Ponder family farm
Zeno and Nina Ponder own a six hundred acre farm, rent out two lakes, and raise four children. They also host community square dances on their property.
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Oral History Interview with Zeno Ponder, March 22, 1974. Interview A-0326. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Well, what were some other key election years? 1950 was one;
1954 was one. You took control. 1964 was one when you ran for the
state senate. It . . . maybe during those ten
years some other parts of the mountain culture, you know, were operating
in your life. You were building a farm, you were raising a family.
- ZENO PONDER:
Well, I . . . yes, during those ten years we were, my wife and me, we
were heavily indebted really. We were . . . had the blessing of the four
children—three sons and a daughter—and I had this
huge farm here. Some 600 acres. It was bought originally. I had added to
it and bought some more land and leased quite a bit more. I had, at this
point in 64, I had formed three owned, three family operated
corporations. Ze-Nina Farms Incorporated which consists of some 400 or
500 head of beef cattle and dairy cattle. Some 5-600 acres of farm land.
18-20 acres of burley tobacco. Growing 2-300 acres of corn a year on
this operation. And then Ze-Nina Lakes—and that's Zeno and
Nina. My wife's name's Nina. Mine's Zeno, of course. And going from
there, you put the two together and you've come up with Ze-Nina. So
Ze-Nina Lakes Incorporated consists of two lakes for recreational
purposes back down on the west side of the farm. 13 acres of land and
big recreation house. We do a little square dancing there every Saturday
night during the summer time.
- BILL FINGER:
You've been busy.
- ZENO PONDER:
Have a 72 foot long front porch 12 feet wide. Two log cabins and a
self-supporting roof . . . I promised everybody that if they ever saw
another one like it I'd burn mine down and build it again. It's just