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Tony Melton: Humble Beginnings

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Our recently retired, due to illness, Clemson colleague Tony Melton has many constants in his life. For one, he has never stopped being the humble fellow from McBee, South Carolina, who started picking cotton when he was three years old and had an outhouse one hundred and fifty two steps from his family’s home. The other constant is his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He told me he once dreamed of as fountain flowing over not rocks but books, as books for him represent the fountain of knowledge. Although certainly not one of these young people who grew up with computers from birth, Tony has mastered the technological world as well as he always wanted to use every resource to help his clients – be he a farmer growing thousands of acres of greens or a small one-person you-pick operation.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.