Jane Morgan Smith went from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, with a dedication to working at what she loves. After careers in banking, the arts, non-profits and energetic bodywork, Jane chose to share her love of authentic Black Winter truffles as a career, and devoted herself to cultivating these precious gifts from Mother Nature. At her farm in Stokes County, Jane produces all-natural truffle products and markets them to customers all over the world through Truffles NC.
The farm’s truffle orchards were originally planted in 2000 and the first truffles were unearthed in 2006. Each winter, Jane works with the dogs she trained herself, in pursuit of the precious fungus that may be growing unseen on the tree roots. The first harvest at Jane’s farm brought about a visit from Martha Stewart, who declared the truffles to be as fine as any she ever had.
With the soil of North Carolina well-suited for truffle growing, the industry is expected to expand greatly throughout the area. Jane Morgan Smith is the recently retired executive director of the North American Truffle Growers’ Association (NATGA), an organization working to make the U.S. a reliable source of truffles for worldwide consumers.
Jane spent 30 years in corporate administration, retiring early from Wachovia Corporation. She then studied beadwork at Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Forsyth Tech as a Licensed Massage Therapist, with a certification in Healing Touch, a biofield energy form of bodywork. Jane also worked in the non-profit sector at Stokes CORE in her home county.
Jane currently supports the community by volunteering weekly at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and fundraising for the BackPack Program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.
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