Our Ancestral Legacy

The farm had it's beginnings in 1906 as recorded in Person County Deed book 12, page 297, when Lucy Obie, the daughter of Carolyn Overby (a formerly enslaved woman), purchased 5 acres of land for $50. Lucy's son, John Thomas Obie, would eventually marry and move to Big Four, West Virginia where he worked in coal mines for twenty-five cents a day. He was able to save enough money to purchase additional land, thus enlarging the farm upon his return to North Carolina. Over the course of years, the farm would expand to include more than 100 acres.

In the mid-1980s, C. Bernard Obie, a fourth generation direct descendant of Lucy Obie, decided to walk away from a successful corporate position in Lawrence, Kansas and return to his childhood home to reclaim the dormant farmland that had been the primary source of financial sustainability for the family for nearly 100 years.

The purpose, according to Bernard, was to preserve the farm and educate the next/future generations of the Obie family on the value of being good stewards of the land.

Today, Lucy's Phratry Farm, LLC, dba Abanitu Organics, is a sustainable, organic produce operation serving regional as well as statewide clients.



"What a great privilege and honor to farm the land tended by one's ancestors! Abanitu Organics is the latest expression of love for the land by my family ―​ five consecutive generations of farmers tending the same farmstead in northern Person County, North Carolina.
As I walk the roads and trails of Abanitu, images from my childhood are constant - memories of family and occasions and events revolving around life on the farm with its trials and triumphs etched into the very fabric of the place. Especially now, as I eat plums, apples, pecans from trees planted long ago by grandparents, there is a deep respect for their industry and forsightedness. Because of their perseverance and sacrifice, we can proudly stand, plant, eat and share with others a legacy as rich as the soils of Abanitu.
In addition, I want to acknowledge and thank my mentor and teacher, Shekhem Ur Shekhem Ra Un Nefer Amen as well as the Ausar Auset Society for the decades of spiritual teachings that has helped to prepare me mentally, physically and spiritually for this wonderful work. With their nurturing and guidance, Abanitu and I continue to grow more divinely powerful in our service to the Almighty.
We give thanks...."

​C. Bernard Obie (Steward)

Great Grandma Lucy Obie

John Thomas Obie (Papa John)

Bernard C. Obie with Nannie P. Obie (Other Mama)

Bernard C. Obie & Chestina T. Obie

The house where seven of the eight children of Bernard Obie and Chestina Obie were born

The Old Home House of Papa John and Other Mama

4th Generation Farmers: Siblings Barry L. and C. Bernard Obie

C. Bernard Obie with Daughters