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We, the Farmers ................... 2

GFB celebrates 75 years of serving Georgia

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Member Services Update .....8

Georgia Farm Bureau began when a group of farmers met at the Bartow County courthouse on June 17, 1937. Since then, Farm Bureau’s primary and ongoing goal has been to give farmers a united voice in the legislative arena, promote farm markets and provide leadership to Georgia’s agricultural community. In the 1950s GFB began offering member benefits, such as insurance, to its members.

Legislative Update................10

Schools, farmers partner to bring local food to lunchrooms

Insurance Update ................12

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Kids Corner...........................18 Photo by Shirley Pahl

Georgia agencies and ag organizations are working together as the Georgia Farm to School Alliance to get more locally grown foods in school meals. County Farm Bureau members are helping with this effort by supplying food and visiting schools to educate students about agriculture. About 300 members of the Cherokee County School District cafeteria staff visited farms belonging to Cherokee County Farm Bureau members last summer as part of the county’s Farm to School program.

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Teaching the ABCs of Agriculture

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Most Americans are three or more generations removed from living on a farm, but thanks to Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) students are learning how their food is grown and about the farmers who grow it. Franklin County Farm Bureau members Bob and Eleanor Ragsdale, pictured, are just two of the many Farm Bureau members who visit schools to talk about farming.

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GFB congratulates GFB sponsors 4-H & FFA GHSA champions Grand Champions

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Georgia Farm Bureau is the official insurance sponsor for all Georgia High School Association (GHSA) sports and academic competitions. We’d like to congratulate all of the schools that won 2011-2012 state championships for events occurring from October through mid-April. We’ll recognize winners of the late spring contests in the fall issue.

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GFB honored the six grand champion winners of the 2012 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show with a celebratory dinner in April. GFB presented $12,500 in prizes to the champions.

GFB Certified Farm Markets connect consumers with farmers

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about the cover

One of the best ways to find a farmer near you selling fresh fruit, produce, meat or honey is by checking our list of certified farm markets. Many of our markets also offer agritourism activities.

(Photo by Brooke Hitchcock) Washington County Farm Bureau member Brooke Hitchcock won an honorable mention in the 2011 GFB Young Farmer Photo Contest for this picture of her daughter Moriah and son J.W. walking the road beside her husband James’ cornfield. Look for the winners of the 2012 contest in the fall issue of our magazine. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012

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FARM BUREAU’S

Zippy Duvall, President

Charting a course for others

Georgia Farm Bureau is celebrating a major milestone this year. You probably noticed the 75th anniversary logo on the cover of this magazine. Our organization grew out of a meeting of 50 farmers who met in Cartersville, Ga., on June 17, 1937, to discuss expanding electricity into rural areas and developing better roads for farmers to access their markets. Their goal was to give farmers and rural Georgia a voice in the state and national legislative arena. After 75 years, our main mission has not changed - we still respond to the needs of Georgia farmers and their families all over Georgia. The needs of rural Georgia have changed as old challenges were met and new ones popped up. Georgia Farm Bureau has worked to meet these needs, and we’ve expanded the member services that we offer from just being a legislative voice for farmers to offering member programs for the whole farm family and member benefits that help our members’ wallets. In 1959 GFB started our insurance company because rural residents had a harder time obtaining insurance than urban residents. Through the years, Georgia Farm Bureau has continued to offer more member services and benefits that give an unprecedented value to our $25 membership dues. This year we are excited to announce that we’re partnering with five of Georgia’s major theme parks and tourist attractions to offer ticket discounts that will let you recoup the cost of your membership dues in one visit. You can read more about this on page 8. Today, many of our members may have joined our organization because of our member benefits. We are glad you’ve joined our family, but our mission remains the same as it was 75 years ago when we started - to serve as the voice of Georgia farmers. 2

In April, we led more than 100 volunteer farmers to Washington, D.C., to educate our representatives and senators about issues like federal estate taxes, farm labor, the Clean Water Act and the farm bill. We often also have the opportunity to do on-the-farm education with our public officials. In January, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Dist. 9) voiced a desire to visit with farmers in his congressional district. Farm Bureau assisted him in arranging a tour of farms and agribusinesses in Northwest Georgia on May 1 to learn about North Georgia agriculture. The tour visited Larry Thomason’s egg farm where Rep. Graves heard about the burdensome regulations that plague his small business, which employs about 15 people. We also made a stop at Moore’s Seed Farm where Andrew and Joe Moore talked about the grain crops they grow and explained the potential for canola production in Georgia and the need for research money to create jobs for Americans through a new industry. Then it was on to the Tyson feed mill where we saw how feed is produced for Tyson chicken growers and learned the economic impact poultry has on Georgia. During our last stop at the UGA Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center, we learned how research has increased farmers’ bottom lines, which in turn creates jobs. In addition to Farm Bureau’s legislative efforts on behalf of Georgia’s farmers, we work with schools through our Agriculture in the Classroom Program to educate children about where their food comes from and the farmers who grow it. County Farm Bureau volunteers across our state visit schools in their communities regularly to teach children about agriculture and how farmers protect the environment. Your Farm Bureau membership helps support our programs to educate children about Georgia agriculture. You’ll find two articles in this issue describing See WE, THE FARMERS page 28

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SUBSCRIPTION RATES Farm Bureau Members: Included in dues — $1 per year OFFICERS VINCENT “Zippy” duvall, President GERALD LONG, 1st Vice President and South Georgia Vice President BERNARD SIMS, North Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN JR., Middle Georgia Vice President Wayne Daniel, Treasurer/ Corporate Secretary DUKE GROOVER, General Counsel DIRECTORS FIRST DISTRICT: Wesley Hall, Cumming; Henry J. West, Rydal SECOND DISTRICT: Randy Ruff, Elberton; Bobby Gunter Dahlonega THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Marvin Ruark, Bishop; William Hutchins, Winder FIFTH DISTRICT: Jim Ham, Smarr; Ralph Adamson Jr., Barnesville SIXTH DISTRICT: James Emory Tate, Denton; James Malone, Dexter SEVENTH DISTRICT: Ben Boyd, Sylvania; Gary Bell, Bellville EIGHTH DISTRICT: Kim Brown, Montezuma; Don Wood, Rochelle NINTH DISTRICT: Paul Shirah, Camilla; Lucius Adkins, Elmodel TENTH DISTRICT: David Lee, Alma; Daniel Johnson, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: Jake Carter, McDonough WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Linda Crumley, Winder INFORMATION STAFF Paul Beliveau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Jennifer Whittaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Lillian Davis . . . . . . Publications Manager Jay Stone . . . . . . Publication/Web Specialist Michael Edmondson . Web/Video Manager Mark Wildman . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Dean Wood . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Damon Jones . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Rick Treptow . . Senior Radio-TV Specialist Denny Moore . . . . . . . TV Anchor/Producer Vickie Amos . . . . . . . . Office Coordinator ADVERTISING POLICY All advertising accepted subject to publisher’s approval. Advertisers must assume liability for content of their advertising. Publisher maintains right to cancel advertising for non-payment or reader complaint about advertiser service or products. Publisher does not accept per-order, political or alcoholic beverage ads, nor does publisher prescreen or guarantee advertiser service or products. Publisher assumes no liability for products or services advertised in Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors. For advertising rates and information, contact Linda Fuda at 513-307-7949 or lfudamedia@rcn.com. Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors was established in 1995. Copyright 2012 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA. www.gfb.org

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GFB marks 75 years of serving Georgia By Jennifer Whittaker ______________________________________________________ eorgia Farm Bureau is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Our organization began when a group of farmers from seven counties in northwest Georgia met at the Bartow County courthouse on June 17, 1937. Farmers from Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gordon, Floyd, Polk and Paulding counties attended the meeting organized by Robert M. Stiles, a Bartow County farmer, because they needed a farmerled organization to represent them. A second meeting, attended by 50 farmers from 25 counties, was held in Atlanta on July 31, 1937. During this meeting the farmers formed the United Georgia Farmers and elected Stiles president of the organization. In 1939, the United Georgia Farmers affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation and two years later changed their name to the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Federation. Since 1937, Farm Bureau’s primary and ongoing goal has been to give farmers a united voice in the legislative arena, promote farm markets and provide leadership to Georgia’s agricultural community. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, voluntary membership organization that is local, state, national and international in its scope and influence. “Through the years, Georgia Farm Bureau has grown as it began offering services and benefits requested by its members, such as insurance, but its core mission - to be the Voice of Georgia’s farmers - hasn’t changed. Beginning with those first 50 farmers, Georgia Farm Bureau has been, and will continue to be, a grassroots organization whose actions are determined by its members,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. The first issues GFB advocated for on behalf of Georgia’s farmers included expanding electricity across rural Georgia and improving farm-to-market roads. Today, Farm Bureau continues to advocate 4

The Cooperative Extension Service played an important role in the early organization of GFB. The county Extension office often kept the county Farm Bureau’s records, and at times, the Extension secretary served as the county Farm Bureau secretary. In July 1941, GFB moved its state headquarters from its original home in Cartersville to Mitchell County. As additional county chapters were organized across the state, GFB leaders decided to move the headquarters to a more central location. In 1944, the GFB home office relocated to Macon. GFB hired its first two field representatives in 1947 as the organization continued to grow. These employees helped organize more county Farm Bureau chapters and served as liaisons between the county chapters and the state organization. Today, GFB has 10 field representatives for each of its districts who continue to fill this role. After being housed in four different buildings in Macon between 1944 and 1988, GFB dedicated its current 170,600 sq. ft. home office in northwest Bibb County on Sept. 14, 1988. Today, more than 500 employees work at the five-story home office building, and more than 650 GFB insurance employees work throughout the state serving Farm Bureau members.

GFB begins offering member benefits

In 1958, insurance services were not readily available to rural Georgians, so GFB members voted to establish their own insurance company. The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (GFBMIC) began operations on Jan. 2, 1959. The GFBMIC is owned 100 percent by GFB policyholders and is the largest Georgia-based personal lines property casualty insurance company. County Farm Bureau offices began opening at this time with two paid employees - a secretary and insurance agent. Today, GFB has 158 county offices. Each county office is affiliated with GFB but operates under its own autonomy and is governed by a local board of directors. “Georgia Farm Bureau is a local organization. Our county Farm Bureau chapters are operated by and staffed by local folks who care about their communities,” Duvall said. “Our county chapters serve the Farm Bureau members in their county so well because they live in the same communities as our members and go to church with them and see them at local school and sports functions.

Serving Georgia’s farmers Through the years, Farm Bureau has implemented numerous programs for Georgia’s farmers. These include commodity programs that help farmers sell their crops and buy ag products and address issues pertinent to their commodities. GFB also operates a Certified Farm Market program, which promotes farmers who grow produce and sell their products directly to consumers or who offer agritourism activities to the public. See HISTORY page 16 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Georgia Department of Education’s Divisions of Agriculture Education and School Nutrition, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and Georgia Organics. Each of the partners is participating in Farm to School activities or taking action to support the movement.

Photo by Jed Evans

Feed My School

During the week of Feed My School at Bleckley County Elementary School, students ate yeast rolls, peanut butter cookies and muffins made with whole-grain flour produced on the farm of Bleckley County Farm Bureau members Johnny and Ginger Butts. BCFB President Mike Lucas, left, and the Butts are pictured with wheat at the Butts’ farm.

Schools, farmers partner to bring local food to lunchrooms

By Jay Stone __________________________________________________________________________ an effort to connect schools (K - 12) with regional or local farms in order to serve healthy meals using locally grown food. In Georgia, a group of 11 state agencies and ag organizations are working together as the Georgia Farm to School Alliance to get more locally grown foods in school meals. The umbrella network includes the

Photo by Donna Rocker

Numerous programs have emerged across the nation in recent years designed to put locally grown food on students’ plates and connect them to the farmers who grew it. The Farm to School initiative, which grew out of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program, is

As part of its weeklong Feed My School event, Norman Park Elementary School held an Expo Day where ag organizations and farmers hosted exhibits to teach students about agriculture. Nancy Coleman, a Colquitt County Farm Bureau and Georgia Cotton Women member, is pictured talking to the students about cotton.

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The Feed My School for a Week project implemented by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) launched with three pilot schools this spring. Elementary schools in Bleckley, Colquitt and Hall counties served Georgia-grown products for a week in April and May. The Farm Bureau chapters in each of these counties have worked with the GDA to supply local food and educate the students about farming. “It just makes sense,” said Bleckley County Farm Bureau President Mike Lucas. “That kid really doesn’t know where that food came from. If he’s riding around and passes a field he can say, ‘I ate some of that stuff.’ It hits home with them.” In addition to featuring locally grown products on their cafeteria menus, all three schools incorporated farm topics into their lesson plans to emphasize where the food came from. Feed My School for a Week was intended to combat childhood obesity, raise agricultural awareness and create markets for Georgia farmers. During the designated week, the three schools aimed to serve lunches composed of at least 75 percent Georgia-grown products. “We wanted to come at the Farm to School effort from a little different angle from anything we saw,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. “It’s been incredible to watch these three communities really take ownership. This kind of effort would not have been possible without the efforts of the Farm Bureau leaders in these three counties.” In Bleckley County, locally grown peaches and peanuts were featured during the week of May 14-18. Lucas said Bleckley County Farm Bureau worked to provide a cow that was ground into hamburger meat for use in dishes at Bleckley County Elementary School. To create learning opportunities, See SCHOOL page 14 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Member Services Update

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Murdock

Your Farm Bureau membership saves you money while supporting agriculture GFB offers new discounts to 5 Georgia tourist attractions You receive this magazine because you chose to become a Farm Bureau member. We value your membership and thank you for your support. People join Farm Bureau for different reasons, some to gain access to our member benefits and some because they want to support the work our organization does to support farmers and rural Georgia and to educate consumers about where their food comes from. Your membership investment also gives you access to Farm Bureau’s wide array of member services and benefits. Farm Bureau’s goal is that every member is able to save more than the cost of their $25 annual dues by using at least one or more of the many member services and benefits we offer. Georgia Farm Bureau is committed to continually researching, selecting and offering services and benefits that offer true value to our members. Your Farm Bureau leaders believe that family is a precious gift and realize the importance of spending time with our families and creating good memories, so, we are pleased to introduce our newest member benefit - discounts at local Georgia theme parks and attractions. We are excited to partner with Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags White Water, Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park and Wild Adventures Theme Park. Members can save up to $25 per ticket, depending on the time of year. Most families will be able to recover their GFB membership dues with one visit to one of the participating attractions. Please visit http://www.gfb.org/benefits for more details or to purchase tickets at the discounted rate. Stay tuned 8

for more family entertainment discounts! As a Farm Bureau member, you also get access to all of our other services and benefits such as our Identity Theft Consultation and Restoration Service and our Ford $500 Bonus Cash Program. Introduced last April, both of these programs continue to pay dividends to our members. Identity theft restoration specialists at our partner organization, ID Experts, have worked diligently to get identify-theft-related issues cleared up on behalf of our members - at no extra cost. During the past year, more than 2,000 of our members have received $500 off the purchase of their new Ford or Lincoln vehicle as a benefit of their GFB membership. That is more than $1 million in savings! Farm Bureau continues to offer our long-time member benefits such as 20 percent discounts at Choice Hotels and Wyndham Hotels and discounts of 10 percent or more off more than 900,000 products from manufacturers such as DeWalt, Milwaukee and Carhartt purchased through Grainger. Georgia Farm Bureau members also have access to a wide variety of banking services through the Farm Bureau Bank, insurance products from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental and the many products and services offered by the Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. Regardless of why you joined Farm Bureau, we’re glad you’re part of our Farm Bureau family. Your $25 membership dues enable Farm Bureau to represent and support Georgia’s farmers, who not only work

New Choice Hotel Discount Code Effective July 1, the code GFB Members use to book their discount rate through Choice Hotels will change to 00216530. Please use the new code to receive your 20% savings! year-round to grow commodities that feed, clothe and house us but also generate a strong economic base for our nation. Did you know that agriculture directly and indirectly created more than 380,000 jobs in Georgia in 2010 and that food and fiber production and directly related businesses represent the largest or second largest segment of all goods and services produced in two-thirds of Georgia’s counties? Even if you aren’t directly involved in farming and don’t live in the country, you eat, so it’s still in your best interest that farmers remain economically viable so that the majority of our food continues to be grown in the U.S. where we have the strongest food safety measures and environmental regulations in the world. Visit the Georgia Farm Bureau website at http://www.gfb.org, or stop by one of our local county Farm Bureau offices to learn more about how Georgia Farm Bureau supports Georgia agriculture and the services and benefits available to you as a member. With 158 county offices, Farm Bureau is never far away. Again, thank you for being a member of Farm Bureau! Jay Murdock is director of the GFB Member Services Department. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Legislative Update

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In November, California residents will vote on an initiative regarding labeling of biotech food products. If passed, the initiative would require all raw and processed food containing biotech ingredients to be labeled “Contains Genetically Engineered Ingredients.” This would apply to food sold in retail outlets and restaurants. If the seller is unsure, the label would state “May Contain Genetically Engineered Ingredients.” A similar proposal is underway in the U.S. Congress to require labeling nationwide. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has wisely decided against such a mandate. Farm Bureau believes FDA has taken the correct course and opposes mandatory biotech food labeling. As a government agency, FDA should only take action when a clear reason exists for doing so. No clear reason exists for mandatory labeling of biotech foods. When testifying before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in 2005, Dr. Robert E. Brackett, then director of the FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, said, “FDA is confident that the bioengineered foods on the United States market today are as safe as their conventional counterparts.” Brackett testified that FDA’s research shows, “FDA has found no evidence to indicate that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) inserted into plants using bioengineering presents food safety problems.” For hundreds of years, humans have manipulated the genes in plants by crossbreeding individual specimens with traits that benefit humans. Traditional crossbreeding depends on numerous crosses in hopes that a good plant variety will turn out randomly. Bioengineering reduces much of the randomness by inserting one or more specific genes into a plant. The result is that many agronomic plants now tolerate herbicides or resist insects and diseases or have other positive traits. FDA has no labeling requirements for food derived from plant breeding whether the method is traditional or bioengineer10

ing. The agency is more concerned with whether there are any significant differences in the food itself that warrant disclosure on a label. If there are no differences, an additional label requirement is unnecessary. In some cases genetic modifications actually do change the composition of a food product. This point is illustrated by a soybean variety with an increased level of oleic acid, an oil with positive health benefits. Since the oil from this soybean is significantly different than conventional soybean oil, FDA required a new name for the product to reflect the intended change. Brackett said FDA has no information that suggests biotech food is materially different from any other food, concluding, “We believe that we have neither a scientific nor a legal basis to require such labeling.” While FDA does not require food companies to label their products on the issue, the agency has developed guidelines that businesses can use to label their products as containing or being free from biotech ingredients, if they wish to do so. Biotech crops have been good for agriculture and good for the environment in many respects. Farmers have adopted biotech crops because they require fewer chemicals and because they offer better pest control and lower labor costs. Biotech crops also result in higher yields, which is important as the world’s population is expected to rise from seven billion to about 11 billion people by 2050. Farmers will have to rely on scientific advances like biotech crops that improve yields and the quality of their crops and livestock to meet the growing demand for food. Herbicide-tolerant crops allow farmers to plow their fields less, which reduces soil erosion, conserves soil moisture and reduces rates of carbon in the atmosphere. As farmers spend less time and fuel to plow their fields, their equipment also releases fewer engine emissions into the air. Another point of consideration is consumer confidence. The mere presence of a label suggests to consumers that there is a

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difference in quality or safety. There is no evidence to show that is the case, so a label would actually mislead consumers. Biotech crops have been widely adopted. Virtually all corn, cotton, and soybeans grown in the United States are biotech, which means most products containing corn or soybean oil have biotech ingredients. It would be difficult to find processed food products that are biotech-free. The safety of biotech-derived food products has been thoroughly assessed and confirmed by the world’s top scientific authorities, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Dietetic Association. All credible authorities have concluded that foods with biotech-derived ingredients pose no more risk than any other food. The FDA has done well in deciding not to require special labeling for biotech food products. The agency’s decision is based on sound science. Decisions related to food production and labeling need to be made based on research, not misconceptions. Jon Huffmaster is director of the GFB Legislative Department. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Field trips aren’t just for kids In addition to the GDA program, Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) is assisting in a Farm to School effort coordinated by Georgia Organics. Last June, members of the nutrition staff for the Cherokee County School District used two in-service days to visit the farms of Cherokee County Farm Bureau Directors 14

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SCHOOL from page 6 BCFB Director Michael Williams invited fourth-grade students to his farm to learn how corn is grown. According to Bleckley County Schools Nutrition Director Dr. Kathy Peavey, locally produced chicken, eggs and an array of fruit and produce were also available. “Never before have we had guidance on how to do this locally,” Peavy said. “It’s growing across the nation.” In Colquitt County, Norman Park Elementary School participated in Feed My School the week of April 23-27. Students were treated to strawberries from Ochlocknee Ridge Farm, vegetables from Southern Valley and Packer Produce and beef from a cow raised in the county and purchased in part with funds from Colquitt County Farm Bureau (CCFB). “It’s an opportunity for us to do PR,” said Trey Hart, a CCFB director who runs Ochlocknee Ridge with his father, Scott, and has sold strawberries to school systems in Colquitt and neighboring counties for years. “We need to let them know we’re here, we’re growing things and you need to support us. You don’t want to have your food products imported because you couldn’t guarantee the safety.” Students at Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy in Hall County were served strawberries from Jaemor Farms, operated by Hall County Farm Bureau President Drew Echols, along with a variety of other Georgia-grown products, the week of May 7-11. HCFB also worked to provide locally grown beef to the school. “We’re trying to find out the stumbling blocks in terms of getting products to their kitchen,” said HCFB Director Sam Chapman, who is also a member of the Hall County Board of Education. “We want to do it. The more you do locally, the better off everyone is.”

Students at Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy in Hall County enjoyed fruit, salads, beef and milk supplied by local growers during the Feed My School for a Week program.

Tim Stewart, Terry Ross and James Dault and CCFB member Liz Porter. The intent, according to Cherokee County School District School Nutrition Supervisor Susan Turner, was to familiarize the school district’s more than 300 food service workers with what happens on the farm. “We wanted to take away that disconnect between the farm and the plate,” Turner said. “We felt like we accomplished that. They were so excited afterward, and they wanted to do it again.” The farmers showed how they grow and harvest their crops and local chefs gave cooking demonstrations next to plots of vegetables. Several organizations, including CCFB and Georgia Organics, set up displays and helped organize demonstrations. At Tim and Nichelle Stewart’s Rockin’ S Farm, some of the nutritionists participated in a chickencatching contest. “The nutrition staff came out and they got a little education,” said Tim, who hosts school children on his farm for educational tours throughout the year. “We want to give them and the kids a better idea of where their food comes from and help them make wiser food choices.”

Farm to School Benefits Reducing the distance from farms to school lunch trays has a number of benefits - nutritional, economic and environ-

mental - according to Kirk Farquharson of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Southeast Regional Office. “If the schools start buying local, that’s money that goes into the local community,” Farquarson said. “It helps develop community and support local schools by supporting local agriculture.” A major component of the farm to school program is teaching kids how farmers grow the food. Most of the county Farm Bureaus who provided food to their local schools also sent volunteers into the schools to read books about farming, lead hands-on classroom activities or host farm field trips. Dr. Teri Hamlin with the Georgia Department of Education’s Agriculture Education program says ag ed has created programs in 17 high and middle schools where ag teachers and their students are growing school vegetable gardens and developing lesson plans that integrate DOEapproved curriculum with growing the garden, harvesting, cooking and tasting the produce in the school. The ag teachers are also working to identify local farmers who could supply the school with food and are working with the school nutrition staff to use the produce in the school. For more information visit http://www. fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/ or http://agr.georgia. gov/feed-my-school-for-a-week.aspx or http://www.farmtoschool.org/GA or e-mail Dr. Teri Hamlin at thamlin@gaaged.org. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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GFB President Harry L. Brown (left) congratulates the winners of the 1963 GFB College Scholarships.

1959 GFB Convention held in Columbus, Ga.

HISTORY from page 4 Farm Bureau has been a family organization for 75 years, and member programs such as the GFB Women’s Leadership Committee, started in 1944, and the GFB Young Farmer Program, begun in 1972, offer leadership development opportunities and ways for all members of the family to get involved with the organization. Both committees consist of a representative from each of GFB’s 10 districts and coordinate statewide activities for its respective programs. These committees coordinate numerous statewide activities designed to help county Women’s Committees and Young Farmer Committees promote agriculture in their local communities. Throughout its history, GFB has worked to keep farmers informed of the latest ag news. Since 1937, GFB has published The Georgia Farm Bureau News, and in 1951 GFB established a public relations department and began producing daily radio programs. In 1966, GFB began producing a weekly television show, “The Georgia Farm Monitor,” which airs on 11 Georgia stations and nationally on RFD-TV on the Dish Network and DirecTV. The PR Department also publishes the Georgia Neighbors magazine and GFB News and maintains the organization’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube channel. The heart of Farm Bureau’s member programs remains its legislative activities. GFB is non-partisan and issue-oriented in its approach to legislative activity. Rather than endorsing or raising funds for candidates, Farm Bureau helps farmers advocate for agriculture by coordinating events such as Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol in Atlanta, and annual trips to Washington, D.C., for county leaders and young farmers, that let them meet with their elected officials on Capitol Hill and see our government in action.

GFB president to a two-year term. GFB also has a state board of directors, which consists of two directors, elected by voting delegates from each of GFB’s 10 districts, and three regional vice presidents, elected by delegates from each region. District directors serve two-year terms. Regional vice-presidents serve three-year terms. Each year at the GFB convention, voting delegates designate one of the regional vice presidents to serve as first vice president. Active farmers must hold all of these elected positions. The state board also includes the state Women’s and Young Farmer Committee chairmen and GFB’s treasurer/corporate secretary and general counsel, who are officers of the organization. The board elects these four positions. “Georgia Farm Bureau has been blessed with dedicated and visionary leaders who have led our organization from a group of 50 farmers to becoming the state’s largest farm organization that serves as a bridge to unite farmers and consumers,” said Duvall. “It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of the presidents who have served before me. We are indebted to them and the many men and women who have served in leadership positions on our state board through the years.” To learn more about Farm Bureau, contact your county Farm Bureau office or visit http://www.gfb.org.

In the past 75 years, GFB has been led by 11 state presidents: Robert L. Stiles (1937-1941) of Bartow County; Harry L. Wingate (1941-1957) of Mitchell County; John P. Duncan Jr. (19571961) of Brooks County; Harry L. Brown (1961-1964) of Rabun County; William L. Lanier (1964-1970) of Candler County; W.J. McKemie (1970) of Clay County; H. Emmett Reynolds (19701978) of Crisp County; Robert L. Nash (1978-1988) of Upson County; T.M. “Mort” Ewing (1988-1994) of Newton County; Wayne Dollar (1994-2006) of Thomas County and Zippy Duvall (2006-present) of Greene County. Voting delegates at the GFB annual convention elect the 16

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Leadership history

Georgia Farm Bureau’s first five presidents pose for a group photo in 1965. Pictured in order of service from left are: Robert L. Stiles (1937-1941) of Bartow County; Harry L. Wingate (19411957) of Mitchell County; John P. Duncan Jr. (1957-1961) of Brooks County; Harry L. Brown (1961-1964) of Rabun County; and William L. Lanier (1964-1970) of Candler County. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Small grains not small in Georgia 4.  This county ranks #1 in Georgia for the farm gate value for wheat. 5.  This grain is thought to have originated from a wild variety in southwestern Asia and is primarily a forage crop in Georgia. 6.  This grain is the fourth most important crop in the U.S. 7.  This is a cereal grain used primarily as food for livestock. 8.  This company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the largest cereal company in the world. 9. This small grain is used to make foods such as bread, pretzels, crackers and bagels. 10. Grain-based foods provide complex ____ which help fuel our bodies, are low in fat, high in fiber and provide certain important vitamins. 11. It is believed that wheat was cultivated in this valley near what is now Iraq some 9,000 years ago. 12. This type of wheat is planted and sprouts in the fall, lies dormant all winter and then grows in the

ereal grain crops are grass species C that are grown primarily for their edible seeds or grain. The group includes the world’s six most widely grown crops: wheat, rice, corn, sorghum, millet and barley. Cereal grain crops with a small plant structure are generally categorized as small grains. Wheat, barley, oats, and rye are considered small grains. Small grain products include livestock feed, cereal, bread, pasta, flour, lotion, pet food, food dye, mouthwash, plastic and even shampoo! In Georgia we grow wheat, oats, rye and some barley. Some of these are grown primarily as a forage crop. Wheat is the top small grains crop for Georgia. Learn more about these small grains by matching the correct word to the statement. Then find the words on the Word Search. 1. This is the top wheat producing country. 2. This is the top wheat exporting country. 3.  This state ranks #1 in the U.S. for wheat production. J

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During this past school year, Crawford County Farm Bureau teamed up with kindergarten teacher Andrea Seagraves to educate her students about agriculture. Seagraves held Farm Friday activities each week and welcomed CCFB members to her class throughout the year to talk about agriculture. The students also took field trips to local farms. Pictured from left, back row, Seagraves and her class visit the farm of CCFB members Kerry and Robin Dunaway, along with Dr. Lauren Harrison, Seagraves’ co-teacher.

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or almost 30 years Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has been teaching students across the state about agriculture through the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program. AITC is a nationwide program initiated by

Coffee County Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee Chairman Janet Pridgen, standing, taught elementary students at Citizens Christian Academy about beef production.

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introduce teachers to the program and encourages its county volunteers to visit schools and preschools in their communities to teach children about agriculture. “Less than two percent of Americans live on a farm, so few people have any knowledge of how the food and fiber system works to provide us with food, clothing and shelter. The purpose of the Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom program is to increase agricultural literacy among children and the general public,” said Donna Rocker, GFB AITC coordinator. After attending an AITC workshop GFB held for teachers last summer, Crawford County kindergarten teacher Andrea Seagraves was inspired to start Farm Fridays, during which she does lessons and activities to teach her students where their food comes from and about the farmers who grow it. She also began teaching the alphabet using the Agriculture Alphabet Curriculum. Many Crawford County Farm Bureau members have visited Seagraves’ class to talk about the commodities they grow and their careers in agriculture, which range from farming to being an ag inspector. County Farm Bureau volunteers who visit classrooms through the AITC program do a variety of activities such as reading books about agriculture, planting school gardens, making butter in Ziploc bags or talking about the commodities they grow on their farms. This year Franklin County Farm Bureau read a book about agriculture to all 20 second-grade classes in the county and to the third-grade classes at two of the county’s four elementary schools. FCFB volunteers Dorothy Ann Eavenson, Faye Manus and Bob and Eleanor Ragsdale took turns visiting the classes to read. “It’s incredible when you go into a classroom and hold up macaroni and

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Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers Photo & recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff Yields 4 burgers 1 lb. ground beef 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 large Vidalia onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil Salt and pepper 4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls, split Any type of sliced cheese (such as cheddar, Swiss or Gouda) or 3 ozs. crumbled or shredded cheese (such as mozzarella, goat cheese, feta or blue cheese) Combine ground beef, thyme and garlic in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2inch thick patties. Brush both sides of onion slices with oil. Place patties in center of grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Arrange onion slices around patties. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. Grill onions 15 to 20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally and brushing with oil. (Grilling times for onions remain the same on gas grill.) Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired. Place 1 burger on bottom of each bun; top evenly with cheese and grilled onions. Close sandwiches. 22

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Recipe courtesy of Southeast United Dairy Industry. Yields 6 Servings. Suitable for those with low-lactose tolerance. 2 (6-ounce) cartons vanilla low-fat or fat-free yogurt (refrigerated not frozen) 1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade, thawed 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix 11/4 cup fresh strawberries or 1 (10-ounce) box frozen berries, thawed 1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust Mix yogurt and limeade; stir well. Add pudding mix; stir well. Stir in strawberries and pour into crust. Freeze at least 8 hours. Can garnish with fresh sliced strawberries. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


by Chef Rosemary Rutland Photo & recipe courtesy of the Georgia Grown initiative & GFVGA. Pictured on previous page. Yields  8 servings. 2 ripe Georgia peaches, peeled, pitted & cut into 1/2-inch slices 3 cups watermelon cubes, about 3/4- inch 11/4 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed 2 ripe mangos, peeled, seed removed, chopped 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup sweetened coconut (toasted if desired) 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 11/2 tbsp. orange juice or mango juice 4 tsp. honey Pinch kosher salt 1 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped In a large bowl combine the peaches, watermelon, blueberries, mango, and coconut.  In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, orange or mango juice, honey and salt.  Pour the lime mixture over the fruit and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for no more than 30 minutes. Serve cold. Just before serving, mix in the pecans. 

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Last year Georgia Farm Bureau signed an agreement with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) to become the official insurance sponsor for all GHSA sports and academic competitions. “Georgia Farm Bureau has grass roots in every community in this state, so sponsoring the state competitions of the Georgia High School Association is a perfect way to give back to our members because the GHSA competitions involve public and private schools across the state,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “We want everyone to realize that Georgia Farm Bureau is a Georgia-based company that reinvests in our local communities by supporting the youth of our state.” As part of the agreement, GFB also sponsored the GHSA football and basketball finals televised on GPB Television, the football radio shows “Countdown to Kickoff ” and “Georgia High School Scoreboard Show,” along with the football playoffs aired on WSB-TV. Below is a list of the schools that won 2011-2012 state championships for competitions occurring from October through mid-April. We’ll recognize the winners of the spring events in the fall Georgia Neighbors.

Gordon County Farm Bureau Vice President Gerry Weaver (center) presented the GHSA Class AA State Football Championship trophy to the Calhoun High School football team Dec. 9. Weaver is pictured with Calhoun players Reed Allen (left) and Clay Johnson. Calhoun defeated Buford 27-24 in overtime to win the AA championship. The game was the fourth consecutive season the two teams vied for the state championship and was the first year Calhoun won. Weaver presented the trophy as a representative of Georgia Farm Bureau, the official insurance company of the GHSA and a presenting sponsor of the football championship games. Weaver is Johnson’s grandfather.

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CROSS COUNTRY (Nov. 5, 2011) – Girls – A- Landmark Christian AA- Westminster AAA- Heritage-Catoosa AAAA- Marist

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SOFTBALL (Oct. 27-29, 2011) A – Gordon Lee AA- Buford AAA- Oconee County AAAA – Northgate AAAAA – Collins Hill

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Burke County Farm Bureau President Lee Webster, right, presented the GHSA Class AAA State Football Championship trophy to Burke County High School Head Coach Eric Parker on behalf of Georgia Farm Bureau after Burke County defeated Peach County High School 28-14, Dec. 10.

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Haralson County Farm Bureau Customer Service Representative Tracy Grice presented the award for the GHSA Class A State Wrestling Champion in the 126 lb weight class to her nephew Brock Cooper, who was a member of Bremen High School’s GHSA Class A State Traditional Wrestling Championship team. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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Pictured from left, Georgia State 4-H Leader Arch Smith and Georgia Agricultural Education Program Manager Chip Bridges offer congratulations to the 2012 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Grand Champions Magen Moore, Jonathan Mobley, Mattison Barnes, Anna Ruff, Bo Bailey and Balie Herndon along with Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.

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eorgia Farm Bureau hosted a celebratory dinner for the 2012 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Grand Champions at the GFB home office in Macon on Friday, April 13. These students were among more than 1,600 4-H and FFA members from across the state who competed in the annual show. GFB sponsored the six grand champion prizes awarded at the state show held in Perry, Feb. 24-26. The grand champions are: Decatur County 4-Her Bo Bailey, Grand Champion Market Steer ($5,000); Colquitt County FFA member Jonathan Mobley, Grand Champion Breeding Heifer ($2,500); Jeff Davis FFA member Balie Herndon, Grand Champion Market Barrow ($1,500); Mitchell County 4-Her Mattison Barnes, Grand Champion

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Market Gilt ($1,500); Putnam County FFA member Magen Moore, Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer ($1,000); and Elbert County 4-Her Anna Ruff, Grand Champion Breeding Ewe ($1,000). The grand champions were invited to bring their family, friends and county Extension agent or high school ag teacher to the dinner. The event was designed to celebrate the grand champions for their accomplishment along with their support team. “No champion can become a champion by yourself, so if you look around your table you’re going to see your team that helped you get here. I wanted to make sure that we recognized the whole team because it truly is a team effort, “ Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall told the grand champi-

ons. “4-H and FFA are currently training you for the future and preparing you to be leaders. We want you to remember Farm Bureau when you get out of high school and college because our organization can help further develop your leadership skills.” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black congratulated the grand champions and their families on their accomplishments in the show ring, saying, “What you’re doing is making memories for your families and an investment in your families.” After the dinner, Duvall presented each grand champion with his or her prize check and belt buckle. Duvall also presented the parents and ag teacher or Extension agent with an inspirational book to recognize the leadership role they played in helping the students win the grand championship. “The 4-H and FFA livestock programs teach young people responsibility, discipline and economics,“ said Georgia State 4-H Leader Arch Smith. “The lessons that you learned from caring for your livestock will stay with you throughout your life.” Georgia Agricultural Education Program Manager Chip Bridges said the event made an impression on the students. “I think this celebration evening has helped the kids realize that the honor of winning a grand championship extends beyond the day of the show and has helped them realize the importance of teamwork.” Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2012


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ABCs from page 20 cheese or fruit loops and ask the kids ‘Does a farmer help produce this product?’ and the kids say ‘no’, ” said Bob Ragsdale. “Hopefully, after we visit the students and read them a book about agriculture, they understand that farmers grow the food their parents buy at the grocery store.” Each year GFB promotes a different commodity produced by Georgia farmers. The yearlong promotion runs from July to July to coincide with the school year. During the past year GFB has been promoting beef and will promote soybeans in the coming year. Last fall, Coffee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) visited the third through fifthgrade classes at Citizens Christian Academy to educate the students about beef. CCFB member Janet Pridgen presented two lessons to each grade. “From Sunshine to Steak,” taught the students that cows are the ultimate harvesting machines and “Wow That Cow,” highlighted the many by-products cows provide. CCFB gave each student a beef bookmark, pencils and beef worksheets to take home. To give the students a feel for what it’s like to be a farmer, Pridgen had each student plant their own grass “field” in a bucket. The students were responsible for watering and fertilizing the seeds until they sprouted and grew. One of the more popular AITC lessons features pizza and teaches kids how the basic ingredients in a pizza - flour, cheese, tomatoes and meat - are grown. This winter, the Turner County Farm Bureau partnered with the Turner County Elementary School to promote agriculture on “Pizza Day.” The TCFB Women’s Committee provided Pizza Ag Magazines to all first – third-graders. The Ag Mags are full of fun facts and activities that teach the kids where all pizza ingredients originate. McDuffie County Farm Bureau (MCFB) threw a pizza party for the fifthgrade students at Briarwood Academy on March 20 to celebrate Ag Day on the first day of spring. MCFB Women’s Committee Chairman Avis McGahee and MCFB Office Manager Jane Young taught the students that all of the ingredients used to make the pizza come from a farm. They showed the Georgia Farm Bureau video “Without Farmers, Georgia Can’t Grow” and talked to the students about Georgia

McDuffie County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chairman Avis McGahee hands out slices of pizza to Briarwood Academy fifth-grade students as part of a lesson to teach the students that pizza ingredients originate on a farm.

agriculture. MCFB gave each student an riculum into their classes. Workshops are Ag in the Classroom pencil to help them scheduled for June 11-13 in Macon, July remember the interesting ag facts they 9-11 in Tifton and July 17-19 in Clarkeslearned. ville. To learn more about the workshops GFB will host another series of work- or the AITC program contact Rocker at shops this summer for teachers interested dhrocker@gfb.org or visit http://www. in learning how to incorporate AITC1 curMorton_GANeighbors_Sprg12_Layout 4/30/12gfb.org/programs/aic/default.html. 10:32 AM Page 1

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During February, county Farm Bureaus across Georgia collected donations for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) as part of their celebration of Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 19-25. The event is designed to teach consumers how to stretch their grocery dollars to buy healthy, nutritious food. “We’ve been so excited and so appreciative of the support we’ve gotten through the years through Georgia Farm Bureau,” said Bonnie Hopkins of RMH. “We thank you for what you do in the entire state for Ronald McDonald Houses.” Since 1998, GFB and its county chapters have donated $42,700 to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Georgia. Each year GFB rotates the donation to a different RMH. In previous years donations have been made to houses in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus and Savannah. GFB has made supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses part of its Food Check-Out Week celebrations because food is a primary need at each of these houses that provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment.

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Pictured from left, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia Executive Director Bonnie Hopkins accepts a $10,000 donation from Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and GFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Linda Crumley. The donation was presented in March at the GFB Education Leadership Conference on behalf of the county and state Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committees.

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Farm-fresh produce available at GFB Certified Farm Markets Fresh fruit and vegetables are coming into season throughout the state. You should make plans to visit one of the many Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets across Georgia. These markets offer a wide variety of farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and other items. Some of the markets allow you to pick your own produce, letting you reap the benefits of having a garden without all of the work. These markets not only offer wholesome, farm-fresh products but also give you the opportunity to visit the farm, and in many cases, talk to the farmer who raised the food. Some of the markets offer corn mazes, hayrides or other activities. Visiting a GFB Certified Farm Market is a great way to teach your children how food is grown.

Consult the list below or visit the GFB Certified Market website at www.gfb.org for a market near you. To receive a copy of the 2012 CFM brochure, call 1-800-342-1196. Visit www.georgiagrownfun. com for additional listings. Georgia ranks among the top four states for the volume and value of fresh market vegetables harvested. The farm gate value for vegetables, fruits and nuts grown in Georgia is around $1 billion dollars. If you have a farm market and want to learn about becoming a GFB Certified Farm Market member, contact Brandon Ashley at btashley@ gfb.org or call 1-800-342-1196.

Aaron’s Apple House 8350 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 • (706) 273-3180 www.aaronsapplehouse.com aaronsapplehouse@yahoo.com August-December, 9:00am-6:00pm 7 Days a Week Apples, Fresh Produce and Vegetables, Jams, Jellies, Relishes, Other Canned Items. Apple Cider and other ciders. Boiled Peanuts, Pies, Fritters, Breads and other Baked Goods. Bird Houses, bird feeders and other crafts.

Bay-Bird Farm 318 10th Avenue • Columbus, 31901 (229) 314-9341 or (229)937-5640 baybirdfarm62@yahoo.com June-December, 9:00am-6:00pm Wed.-Sat. Fresh Vegetables, sweet corn (white), field corn (white), Peas and Beans, home grown Tomatoes, cold Watermelons, Peaches, Okra, Squash, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Collards, Turnips and Peanuts. Hay (round and square bales), firewood and pinestraw.

Adams Farms 1486 Hwy 54 W • Fayetteville, 30214 770-461-9395 www.adamsfarmfayettevillega.com Apr-Oct 9:00am-4:00pm, Mon-Sat Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, Butterbeans, Peas, Cantaloupes, Peppers, Peaches, Pumpkins, Jams, Jellies, Breads.

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B & G Honey Farm 945 Sinkhole Road • Register, 30452 (912) 852-5124 or (912) 515-0294 beecolson@gmail.com Call ahead. Also located at Statesboro Farmers Market 9:00am-1:00pm, every Saturday April-November. Honey and Honey related items. Beehive Demonstratoin at Statesboro fair. B.J. Reece Orchards 9131 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 706-276-3048 • www.reeceorchards.com reeceorchards@ellijay.com July-Dec. Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm. Sunday, 1pm-6pm. Apples, Cider, Pies, Canned Goods, Breads, Honey, Fresh Produce, Sorghum Syrup, Baked Goods, Souvenir Items, T-Shirts, Baskets, Cookbooks, Bird Houses. Call for Pick Your Own.

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Berry’s Christmas Tree Farm 70 Mt. Tabor Road • Covington, 30014 770786-5833 www.berrystreefarm.com berryplace@yahoo.com By Appointment Jan-Oct/10am-7pm Nov-Dec Christmas Trees (Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Carolina Sapphire, Cedar, Fresh Cut Fraser Fir), B&B Landscape Trees (Oak, Maple, River Birch, Leyland Cypress, Holly), Fresh Wreaths, Garland, Stands, Snow Flocking Available, Farm Tours, Train Rides, Concessions Buford Corn Maze 4470 Bennett Road • Buford, 30519 (678) 835-7198 or (770) 841-0256 www.bufordcornmaze.com haroldj1121@aol.com Mid September-Mid November. September and November, 2:00pm-10:00pm. October, 10:00am-10:00pm. Dry Corn, Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Hay Ride, Concessions, Antique Farm Displays, Antique Farm Demonstrations. School Field Trips. Burton Brooks Orchards Hwy 76 122 • Barney, 31625 229-775-2710 or 2828 May-Jul 8am-8pm Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries, Vidalia Onions, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Jams, Jellies, Syrups, Homemade Churn Style Peach Ice Cream. Cagle Farmhouse & Papa Albert’s Market 150 Stringer Road • Canton, 30115 (404) 567-6363 www.caglesfarmhouse.com bernese@caglesfarmhouse.com May-Oct., Daylight to Dark everyday. Farmhouse by appointment. Fresh in season vegetables – specialty is Tomatoes and Corn-grown naturally on the GA Centennial Farm. The house is open for parties small wedding rehearsals and receptions. Garden Tours, fishing and gemstones. Check website for more details. Cagle’s Family Farm and Maize 362 Stringer Rd • Canton, 30115 • 770-345-5591 www.caglesfamilyfarm.com levi@caglescornmaize.com Year Round Mon-Friday, 9am-4pm. Call for Events and Appointments Farm Tours available by appointment March-November. Maize and fall events starting Labor Day Weekend. Christmas Trees Thanksgiving Through Christmas. Calhoun Produce Inc. 5075 Hawpond Rd • Ashburn, 31714 229-273-1887 or 1860 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com March-December. Pick your own Strawberries, Vidalia Onions, Butterbeans, Peas, Peaches, Tomatoes, Okra, Squash, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Peanuts, Pecans. Gift Shop with Home Décor Items, Farm Toys, Gift Baskets and Gift Boxes. Fall Activities-maze and pumpkins.

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Calhoun Produce Inc. Crisp Co. Cordele State Farmers Market Hwy 41 • North Cordele, 31015 • 229-273-1892 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com Jun-Sept Call for Hours Butterbeans, Peas, Vidalia Onions, Peaches, Tomatoes, Squash, Okra, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Peanuts, Pecans, Gift Shop with Home Décor Items and Farm Toys. Calhoun Produce Inc. Worth Co. 3649 US Hwy 82 West • Sylvester, 31791 229-777-0824 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com Mar-Aug Call for Hours Pick Your Own Strawberries, Vidalia Onions, Butterbeans, Peas, Peaches, Tomatoes, Okra, Squash, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Peanuts, Pecans, Gift Shop with Home Décor Items and Farm Toys. Chase Farm Market 83 Riverview Lane • Oglethorpe, 31068 478-472-1729 or 7726 • eglc@windstream.net Jun-Jul 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun Sweet Corn (White), Shelled Southern Peas and Butterbeans, Tomatoes. Copeland Strawberry Farms P.O. Box 217 • Rochelle, 31079 • (229) 365-7405 or (229) 276-6006 • stantil@windstream.net March-June, 8am-6pm Mon-Sat Strawberries, Ice Cream, Broccoli, Onions, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Cabbage, Collards, Melons, Jams, Jellies. School Field Trips. Copeland Strawberry Farms Hwy 300 Location 90 2nd Avenue and Hwy 300 • Cordele, 31015 (229)535-3123 • stantil@windstream.net March-May, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. Strawberries, Ice Cream, Broccoli, Onions, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Cabbage, Collards, Melons, Jams, Jellies. School Field Trips. Dacula Briarpatch 2503 Cammie Wages Rd • Dacula, 30019 770-962-4990 June - Nov 8am-7pm Tues - Sat. Closed Sun & Mon Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Figs, Pecans, Pears, Muscadine grapes, Plums (when available) and some vegetables. Blackberry and Blueberry Plants. Davis Farm Fresh Produce 560 John Collins Rd • Pelham, 31779 229-294-2540 davisfarmfreshproduce@pelnet.net Year Round 7am-Dark Daily Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Pumpkins, Peaches, Peanuts, Sauces, Jams, Jellies, Shelled Peas, Shelled Butterbeans, Corn, Honey, Syrup, Pecans, Boiled Peanuts, Ice Cream and a selection of Pork. Field trips for schools and groups. Dean Farms 4193 Vada Road • Climax, 39834 (229) 246-2628, (229) 248-8566

May 30-Oct 30, 8:00am-until Sweet Corn, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Peas and Beans, Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes, Okra and Peanuts Deb-Deb’s Strawberries 145 County Line Rd. • Jenkinsburg, 30234 (770) 504-1486, (770) 510-8931 deb68deb@aol.com April-May. 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-6:00 Sunday. Closed Monday Strawberries Dickey Farms 3440 Old Hwy 341 North • Musella, 31066 478-836-4362 or 800-732-2442 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com May-Aug Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm Peaches, Nectarines, Fresh Peach Ice Cream, Sweet Corn, Shelled Butterbeans, Shelled Peas, Tomatoes, Peach Bread and Fritters, Jams, Jellies, Dressings, Salsas, Gift Items, T-Shirts, Hats, Mail Order. Tour Groups Welcome. Nice Pavilion for Picnics. Dickey’s at the Hilltop Corner of Hwys 74 & 341 at the round about Culloden, 31016 • 478-836-4362 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com May-Aug 8:30am-5:30pm Daily Fresh Tree Ripe Peaches, Nectarines, Tomatoes, Homemade Jams, Jellies, Pickled Okra and Relishes Double B Farms Christmas Trees 8511 Knoxville Rd • Lizella, 31052 478-935-8742 • tobybullington@gmail.com 10:00 am-5:30 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Open Thanksgiving Day-Christmas Eve. Christmas Trees, Tree Stands. Durrence Farm 18388 GA Hwy 23 • Reidsville, 30453 912-557-4939 Sept-Nov 8am-5pm U-Pick Gourmet Sweet Potatoes - Labor Day thru Thanksgiving. U-Pick Tomatoes June thru Mid July. Elliott Farms #1 4761 Holley Road • Lizella, GA • 478935-8180 www.elliottfarmsga.com elliottfarmsga@pstel.net Mon.-Sat., 8am-7pm. Sun., 10am-6pm. Pick your own Strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, squash, sweet corn, sweet onions, jellies, local honey, home made ice cream, flowers (sunflowers and zinnias), pumpkins, and Corn Maze. School Field trips and church groups by appointment. Elliott Farms #2 9515 Feagin Road • Macon, 31216 478935-8180 • www.elliottfarmsga.com elliottfarmsga@pstel.net Monday-Saturday, 8am-7pm. Sunday, 10am6pm. Strawberry season only. Strawberries, tomatoes, squash, sweet corn, sweet onions, jellies, local honey, home made ice cream. Ellis Bros. Pecans Inc 1315 Tippettville Rd • Vienna, 31092 229-268-9041 or 800-635-0616

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www.werenuts.com • orders@werenuts.com Year Round 8am-8pm Daily Pecans, Peanuts, Peaches, Vidalia Onions (in Season), Ice Cream, Candies, Jams, Jellies, Relishes, Honey, Syrups. Gift Items and Souvenirs @ “The Gift Connection.” Tours Available by appointment. Finch Creek Farm, Inc. 1420 Finch Road • Winder, 30680 (770) 314-9300 www.finchcreekfarm.com info@finchcreekfarm.com CSA Market Open June-September. Lawrenceville Farmers Market, June-September 8:00am-12:00pm. Local Harvest: Call for details. Naturally Grown Vegetables: Summer Crookneck Squash, Zuccini, Spinach and pickling Cucumbers, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Wax Beans, Assorted Salad Greens, Assorted Herbs, Kale, Arugala, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Hot and Sweet Bell Peppers, Swiss Chard, Heirloom Tomatoes. Freeman Springs Family Farm 3895 Freeman Springs Road Rocky Face, 30740 • (706) 270-2402 www.freemanspringsfarm.com freemanspringsfarm@yahoo.com Aug.-Oct., Wednesday-Sunday 9am-6pm Jam, Jellies, Relishes, mixes, produce. Seasonal: Pumpkin Patch, fresh produce, pecans. Animal Barn, Crafts. Corn Maze, hay maze, hay rides, field trips.

G.W. Long Farm 3005 Old Whigham Rd • Bainbridge, 39817 229-246-8086 May-Sep Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-Noon Peas, Butterbeans, Watermelons, Sweet Potatoes, Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Snap Beans, Squash, Okra, Irish Potatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Corn. Ganas Pecan Farms 2918 Alma Hwy • Waycross, 31503 (912) 285-2589 www.gapecan.com • sales@gapecan.com October-January, 8am-5pm Fresh Pecans, Pecan shells for BBQ Garden Fresh, LLC 78A Mossy Creek Drive • Fort Valley, 31030 (478) 396-2665 Visit our Facebook Page at Garden Fresh Farm feitshanss@gmail.com Late May-Early July. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday-7:30am-11:30am and 5:00pm7:00pm. Wednesday 7:30am-11:30am (closed afternoons). Saturday 7:00am-12:00pm. Sweet Corn, Sheeled Peas and Butterbeans. U-Pick: Red Potatoes, Yellow Zucchini and Squash, Snap Beans, Pepers, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Okara, Cucumber, Butternut Squash, Peas, Butterbeans, Sunflowers. Gardner Farms 3192 Hwy 42 • Locust Grove, 30248 770-957-4912 • www.gardner-farm.com Jun-Aug 7am-1pm DailyPage 1 L_GAN 4/3/12 4:14 PM

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Hayes Farm 4229 New Franklin Church Rd • Canon, 30520 706-356-8831• rlhayes1@windstream.net Call for days open and availability of crops U-Pick : Strawberries. Non U-Pick: Blueberries, Peaches, Corn, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Okra, Peas, Other Vegetables, Jams, Recipe Books.Please call for availability Hillcrest Orchards 9696 Hwy 52E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706-273-3838 www.hillcrestorchards.net • applelan@ellijay.com Sept, Oct - 9-6 Daily Nov 9-5 Daily Call for time of special events Apples, U-Pick Apples, Cider, Bakery Items, Ice Cream, Fudge, Dried Apples, Honey, Canned Goods, Fresh Ground Corn Meal, Pig Races, Milk a Cow, Farm Tours, Wagon Rides, Petting Farm, Playground, Moonshine Museum, Pedal Kart Track, Nature Trail. PYO Apple during Apple Picking Jubilee. New Jumping Pillow. Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store & Farm 18 Sorghum Mill Dr • Lakemont, 30552 706-782-2776 • www.hillsideorchard.com hillside@hillsideorchard.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm. Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. In Jan/Feb closed on Tues & Wed Apples and Pick Your Own Blackberries, Ciders, Canned Goods (over 500 Products), Honey, Sorghum, Bakery Items (Breads, Pies, Fritters, Doughnuts), Boiled Peanuts, Ice Cream, Peaches, Pumpkins, Tomatoes, Seasonal Produce. Horizon Orchards 390 Melvin Westberry Road • Jesup, 31545 (912) 270-4676 or (912) 586-6737 philwilliams@windstream.net May-October. Open Daily 8:00am-5:00pm (except Sundays). U-Pick Blackberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Pomegranates, and Plums. Ison’s Nursery and Vineyard 6855 Newnan Road • Brooks, GA • 770599-6970 www.isons.com • ison@isons.com Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. Closed Sunday Muscadines, Muscadine Jelly, Preserves, Syrup, Butter and Juice. Muscadine dietary supplements. Tomatoes, Peaches. Jack’s Creek Farms 2291 Price Mill Rd • Bostwick, 30623 706-343-1855 • www.jackscreekfarm.com dpmalcom@bellsouth.com November, 9:00 am-5:30 pm Christmas Trees (VA Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, fresh Carolina Sapphire), Field Grown Nursery Stock, Boiled Peanuts, Cider, Decorations. Jacobs ProdUCe 2695 Scarboro Hwy (GA Hwy 17) Rocky Ford, 30455 (912) 863-7522 • jacobsproduce@yahoo.com April-November, Mon.-Sat. 8:00am-5:30pm, Pick Your Own or we Pick Strawberries, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Honey Dew Melons, Peaches, Blueberries, Blackberries, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Potatoes, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Shelled Peas and Butterbeans, Okra, Sweet

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Corn, Hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Sweet Potatoes, Onions. Free Range Eggs and Jellies. Jaemor Farm Market 5340 Cornelia Hwy • Alto, 30510 770-869-3999 or 0999 www.jaemorfarms.com • info@jaemorfarms.com 7am-6pm (Sep-May) 7am-7pm (Jun-Aug) Daily Peaches, Strawberries, Blackberries Apples, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Tomatoes, Grapes, Pumpkins, Nectarines, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Fried Apple Pies, Handmade Furniture, Pottery, Garden Seed, Fertilizer, Flowers, Propane. Corn Maze, Farm Tour Jibb’s Vineyards 1521 Jenkins Farm Road • Byromville GA 31007 478-952-8328 • howardjames2000@yahoo.com 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, May 20th- November 1st Muscadine Grapes, Peaches, Green Plums, Collards, Watermelon and Persimmons. Kauffman’s Farmarket 1305 Mennonite Church Road Montezuma, 31603 • 478472-8833 www.kauffmansfarmarket.com kauffmanfarmarket@gmail.com March-July, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call for fall hours. U-Pick Strawberries, Tomatoes, Peaches, Corn, Beans, Peppers, Onions, Potatoes, other Vegetables. Jellies, Jams, Ice Cream, Sandwhich Deli, Potted Plants, Vegetable Plants. Tour Buses welcome. Lane Southern Orchards 50 Lane Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 478-825-3592 or 3362 www.lanesouthernorchards.com wendy@lanepacking.com Year Round May-Aug 9am-7pm, Sep-Apr 9am-6pm Peaches, Pecans, Strawberries, Indian River Citrus, Blueberries, Blackberries, Muscadines, Vegetables, Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Peanuts, Peas, Butterbeans, Jams, Jellies, Dressings, Café, Mail Order, Ice Cream, Southern Gifts, Peach Tour, GA Peach Festival. Corn Maze and PYO-Strawberries. Lawson Peaches 8545 Valdosta Hwy • Morven, 31638 229-775-2581 • lawsonfarms@windstream.net Apr-Jul 8am-8pm Daily. Call for hours in the fall. Peaches, Nectarines, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Vidalia Onions, Jams, Jellies, Peach Ice Cream and Peach Milkshakes. New in 2012 Fall Activities: Hay Rides and other Family Fun! Little Bend Orchard’s Apple Barn 3379 Tails Creek Rd • Ellijay, 30540 706-635-5898 or 706-273-0452 www.redapplebarn.com • rachelp@ellijay.com Aug 15-Dec 20, Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 12:30-5:30pm Apples, PYO Apples, Farm Tours, Peaches, Pumpkins, Ciders, Dried Apples, Pies, Fritters, Bread, Doughnuts, Sweet Corn, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Sorghum, Sweet Potatoes, Baskets, Gourds, Mats, Cookbooks, Other Items.

Lovin Farm Produce 1590 Hwy 15 South • Greensboro, 30642 706-318-7990 May (Fri & Sat only) 10:00am-4:00pm. June-July (Thurs-Sat) 10:00am-4:00pm. Aug-Labor Day (Fri & Sat only) 10:00am-4:00pm. Please call prior to coming as these hours are subject to change. Eggplant, Tomatoes, Squash, Okra, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Corn, Cabbage, Peas, Beans, Butterbeans, Peppers, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Peaches, Collards, Turnip Greens, Honey, Chow Chow, Relishes, Seasonal Produce, Boiled Peanuts (Call for Availability). Lowrey Farms 2416 Hwy 140 • Rome, 30161 • 706295-1157 www.facebook.com (Lowrey Farms) lowreyfarms@aol.com April-Dec; Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 1-5 Sweet Corn, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Okra, Squash, Peas, Beans, Romane Lettuce, Cabbage, Peppers, Pumpkins. All Natural Angus Beef and Whole Hog Sausage. Cut Fraser Firs and other Christmas Trees, Corn Stalks, Flowers, Vegetables. Luck and Moody Peaches 13891 Hwy 122 E • Barney, 31625 (229)775-3300 • peachseed7@yahoo.com May-July, 7:30am-7:30pm Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries, Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Peanuts, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Jams, Jellies, Syrups, Home of the Original Peach Ice Cream. Peach Bread and Pound Cake. Luck and Moody Peach T-Shirts. Mack Aaron Apple House 8955 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 706-273-3600, 706-273-3602 (Fax) gaaron@ellijay.com July 15-October, 8am-6pm; November-January (closing), 8 am-5pm Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Cider, Jams, Jellies, Relishes, Honey, Syrups, Bakery Items, More than eleven Flavors of Fried Pies, Apple Peelers and Other Kitchen Gadgets. Everyone Welcome. Marks Melon Patch 8580 Albany Hwy • Dawson, 39842 229-698-4750 229-881-0814 www.marksmelonpatch.com sales@marksmelonpatch.com Year Round Apr-Oct 8am-7pm, Nov-Mar 8am-6pm Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Pumpkins (PYO), Sweet Corn, Peaches, Tomatoes, Peanuts (dry and green), Jams, Jellies, Vidalia Onions, Blueberries, Muscadines, Peas, Butterbeans, Gourds, Pecans, Tours, Hayrides, Hay Bales, Cornstalks, Cotton Stalks, Halloween supplies, flowers (sunflowers and zinnias), Homemade ice cream. Mercier Orchards 8660 Blue Ridge Drive • Blue Ridge, 30513 (800) 361-7731 • www.mercier-orchards.com customer.service@mercier-orchards.com Sun.-Sat.: Dec-May, 7am-6pm; May-Nov, 7am-8pm Apples, Peaches, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Nectarines, Cider, Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Sauces, Pickles, Relishes, Candles, Potpourri, Kitchen Items, Gift Items, Bakery Products, Deli.

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Minter’s Farm 283 Hill’s Bridge Road • Fayetteville, 30215 770461-2840 www.mintersfarm.com • mintersfarm@aol.com Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm April 15-Thanksgiving. Open Daily 9:00am-6:00pm Thanksgiving-December 31. Collards, Turnip Greens, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Peas, Okra, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Beans, Squash, Jams, Jellies, Sorghum Syrup. U-Cut Christmas Trees (Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pines, White Pines, Fraser Firs), Wreaths, Ornaments. Mitcham Farm 750 Macedonia Church Rd • Oxford, 30054 (770) 786-8805 or (778) 855-1530 www.mitchamfarm.com mitchamemy@bellsouth.net Seasonal-Call Ahead Strawberries, Onions, Sweet Corn, Pumpkins, Hay, Wheat Straw, Pine Straw, Fall Decorations. PYO Strawberries, Corn Maze, Farm Tours. Moon Farms Country Market 3498 Hwy 72 East • Colbert, 30628 (706)338-0065 • www.moon-farms.com strawberries@moon-farms.com April-June, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 2:00pm-6:00pm Sunday Strawberries, Strawberry Ice Cream. Tours and Field Trips. Mountain Valley Farm Store 2025 Homer Wright Road • Ellijay, 30536 (706) 889-0999 www.grassfedgeorgia.com • suzyw@ellijay.com Year Round. Fridays 5:00pm-7:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am-7:00pm. Dry aged grassfed beef and free range Berkshire Heritage Pork sold by individual cuts. No hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Unpasturized milk for pets (licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture) from our grazed dairy herd Ochlockonee Ridge Farms 1069 Rossman Dairy Rd • Moultrie, 31768 229-941-5971 or 229-891-0583 www.oridgefarms.com • theharts@sowega.org Mar-Jul, Call for Hours. Strawberries and Tomatoes. Odom Apiaries 2310 Williford Road • Rebecca, 31783 229-392-0321 • www.odomapiaries.com odomapiaries03@yahoo.com Year Round, 8-until Honey, beeswax, beeswax candles Osage Farm 5030 Hwy 441 North • Rabun Gap, 30568 706746-6952 May-Oct, 8am-6pm, 7 days.

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Fresh Vegetables-Tomatoes, Cabbage, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Squash, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Flowers. Ottawa Farms 702 Bloomingdale Road • Bloomingdale, 31302 (912) 748-3035 www.ottawafarms.com • rwd748@gmail.com March-November: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am6:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. DecemberFebruary: Friday and Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm. Pick Your Own Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Watermelons, Onions, Tomatoes, Squash, Sweet Corn and Okra seasonal: call for availability. We sell farm raised Angus beef under Ottawa Farms label. No added hormones or antibiotics. Out of the Sky Farms 349 Venson Road • Cochran, 31014 (478)934-9820 www.outofthesky.com • farm@outofthesky.com Year Round. Call ahead or email for availability. In Season Vegetables: Everything from Asparagus to Zucchini. Call or email for availability. Panorama Orchards Farm Market P.O. Box 157 • East Ellijay, 30539 • 706-276-3813 www.panoramaorchards.com Year Round 9am-6pm Daily Apples, Peaches, Cider, Fried Pies, Ice Cream, Apple Breads and Butter, Jams, Jellies, Dried Fruit, Bakery Items, Candy Shop, Antique Soda Fountain

Paulk Vineyards 1788 Satilla Rd • Wray, 31798 • 229-468-7873 www.paulkvineyards.com pvinfo@paulkvineyards.com Aug-Sep 9am-7pm Fresh Muscadine Grapes, 100% Muscadine Grape Juice (Purple & White), Muscadine Grape Sauce, Preserves, Jellies, Muscadine Dietary Supplements. Payne Farm and Produce P.O. Box 246 • Calhoun, 30703 • (706) 629-6000 or (678) 986-6366 • www.paynefarm.net April-January Call for Hours Strawberries, Tomatoes, Okra, Squash, Peas, Corn, Beans, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Peppers, Pumpkins, Other Vegetables, Gourds, Corn Stalks, Flowers, Baskets, Crafts, Collards, Cabbage and Greens. Jellies, Jams, Tomato juice and canned tomatoes. Pearson Farm 5575 Zenith Mill Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 478-825-7504 www.pearsonfarm.com • vicki@pearsonfarm.com May-Aug (Peaches) Nov-Jan (Pecans) 8am-5pm Peaches, Pecans, Peach Ice Cream Perry Pecan & Produce 56 Reid Rd • Ellaville, 31806 • 229-937-2087 perryproduce@windstream.net Year Round Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-5pm Pecans, Peas, Beans, Collards, Turnips, Tomatoes, Squash, Corn, Watermelons, Cantaloupes,

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Pumpkins, Jams, Jellies, Honey, Syrup, Boiled Peanuts, Pine Straw, Plants, Flowers. Peyton’s Pecans 5824 Hwy 97 • Camilla, 31730 866-739-8607 www.peytonspecans.com lanairworsham@peytonspecans.com Mid Oct - Mid Jan 8am-5pm. Internet sales available year round. Pecans & Pecans Candies, Gourmet Coffees and Syrups. Poppell Farms 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop • Odum, 31555 912-586-2215 www.poppellfarm.com • popfarms@alltel.net May - Oct 8am-6pm daily Peas (7 Varieties), Butterbeans (shelled or unshelled), watermelons, Tomatoes, Corn, Okra, Potatoes, Squash, Cucumbers, Pepper, Jelly, Pumpkins, Hayrides, Corn Maze and Field Trips during October. Prescott’s Strawberries 2226 Gus Perdue Rd • Wrens, 30833 706-547-3717 Apr-Mid-June Mon-Sat 8am-8pm Strawberries (PYO and pre-picked). Presley’s Farm and Garden 8796 Maysville Road • Maysville, 30558 (706) 652-2400 or (706) 652-2500 www.presleysfarmandgarden.com June-October, 8:00 am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm Tomatoes, Okra, Squash, Watermelons, Corn, Other Seasonal Vegetables. R & A Orchard Inc 5505 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 706-273-3821 or 2639 www.randaorchards.com apples@randaorchards.com 9am-6pm Year Round Apples, Peaches (in season), Strawberries, Nectarines, Apple Products, Fried Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Peanut Brittle, Homemade Cider, Honey, Sorghum Syrup, Canned Goods, Fruit Baskets, Jams, Jellies, Chow Chows, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Other Produce Available. RJ & G Farms Inc 2385 Bill Hodges Rd • Claxton, 30417 912-618-9001 or 9002 Apr-Nov 8am-6pm New Red Potatoes, Onions, Squash, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Corn, Peas(White Acre, Pinkeye, Zipper, Sadandy) Butterbeans. Rockin “S” Farm Market 465 Claude Scott Drive • Canton, 30115 (770) 781-2864, (770) 596-0711 stewarttns@bellsouth.net Year Round, 8:00 am-6:00 pm Monday-Saturday Tomatoes, Corn, Peppers, Okra, Green Beans, Peas, Grapes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Figs, Blackberries, Melons, Greens, much more. Homemade Jams, Jellies, Baked Goods, etc. A Lot of Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables.

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Rocky Ridge Farms 525 Lexington-Carlton Rd • Lexington, 30648 (706) 207-5098 or (706) 540-7196 www.rockyridgefarmmarket.com dnash@windstream.net May-November, 10:00am-6:00pm Sweet Corn, Strawberries, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Squash, Tomatoes, Peppers, Peas, Okra, Greens, Pumpkins, Wild Flowers, Jams, Jellies, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Maze, Hay Rides, Picnic Area. We Offer Field Trips and Church Groups Discounted Rates. Ross Berry Farm and Apiaries, Inc. 159 Watkins Road • Canton, 30115 (770)772-0904 or (404) 775-3220 www.rossberryfarm.com terry@rossberryfarm.com Year Round, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 2:00 pm-6:00pm Honey, Beeswax candles, Beekeeping Supplies Available Year Round. Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries & Figs Available in June-September. Secret Forest 6899 Thompson Pond Road • Tarrytown, 30470 912-529-3702 • www.secretforesttrees.com secretforest@planttel.net Thanksgiving Day-Dec 12 (Mon-Sat) 2:00 pmDusk, Sun 1pm-Dusk. Christmas Trees and Tree Stands, Jellies and Homemade Crafts. Sledge Farms Peach House 744 John E. Sullivan Road • Byron, 31008 (478) 956-2742 or (478)951-5614 sledge1@windstream.net June, July and August, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. Peaches, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Sodas. Some U-Pick available. Southern Belle Farm 1658 Turner Church Road • McDonough, 30252 770288-2582 www.southernbellefarm.com jcarter@southernbellefarm.com Hours Seasonal; Visit Website for Updated Hours Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries, AgTourism, Pumpkins, Indian Corn, Country Store items, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Farm Animals, Corn Cannon. Southern Cross Ranch 1289 Farmers High Road • Carrollton, 30117 (678) 378-6380 or (770) 258-4229 www.southerncrossranchusa.com george@southerncrossranchusa.com Year Round. Call for Hours. All Natural, Grass Finished Beef. No Hormones, No Sub-Theraputic Antibiotics. Local Honey Available. U-Pick Muscadines and Pecans. Southern Grace Farms #1 11946 Nashville Enigma Road • Enigma, 31749 229-533-8585 • www.southerngracefarms.com lauramc@southerngracefarms.com Mar-Jul Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-6pm Strawberries, Blackberries, Jams, Jellies, Ciders (From our Fruit), Gift Baskets.

Southern Grace Farms #2 5447 Bemiss • Valdosta, 31602 • 229-245-2747 www.southerngracefarms.com lauramc@southerngracefarms.com Mar-May Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm Strawberries, Jams, Jellies, Ciders. Spring Brook Farm LLC 1520 Mandeville Rd • Carrollton, 30117-5430 770-861-5333 • www.springbrooktrees.com dave@springbrooktrees.com Nov-Dec Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00 pm Open Thanksgiving Day Christmas Trees, Leyland Cypress, Pre-cut Fraser Fir, Fraser Fir Wreaths, Stands, Hayrides, Hot Drinks, Snacks. Boiled Peanuts. T and T Farms 698 Hwy 338 • Dublin, 31021 • 478-676-3670 or 3230 • nacytomlinson@lcboe.net Year Round/Seasonal Peas, Butterbeans, Corn, Tomatoes, Collards, Turnips, Cabbage, Broccoli, Okra, Pumpkins, Pine and Wheat Straw, Shelling Service Available Tawzerville Farm Market-Sweet Dixie Melon Company 563 Hwy 125 South • Tifton, 31794 229445-1362 • www.sweetdixiemelon.com rickytawzer@yahoo.com March-November, 10:00am-5:00pm MondayFriday. 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday. Strawberries, Watermelons, Peaches, Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Pepper, Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Peas, Butterbeans. The Market at Rutland Farms 5641 Union Road • Tifton, 31794 (229)821-0581 or 0289 www.rutlandfarms.com • ryan@rutlandfarms.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. U-Pick Strawberries, Peaches, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Pecans, Peanuts, Vegetables, Peas, Butterbeans, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Onions, Corn, Pumpkins, Syrups, Preserves, Jellies, Snacks, Ice Cream. The Old Barn Christmas Tree Farm 24 Slaughter Rd • Sunnyside, 30284 770-227-5237 www.theoldbarnchristmastrees.com wrslaughter@bellsouth.net Thanksgiving Day-Dec 24 Mon-Fri 1pm-Dark, Sat 8am-Dark, Sun 1pm-Dark Christmas Trees (Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Carolina Sapphire), cut Fraser Firs, Wreaths, Stands, Crafts, Nature Trail, Tree Bailing and Shaking Services. The Rock Ranch 5020 Barnesville Hwy • The Rock, 30285 (706 )647-6374 or (404) 372-6772 www.therockranch.com info@therockranch.com April-November. Please check website for hours and available products Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Pumpkins, Blueberries. The Rock Ranch private label beef is now available. Blackberries, Raspberries, Pomegranates, Muscadines

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Thomas Orchards, Greenhouse & Gift Shop 6091 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441) • Bishop, 30621 706-769-5011 www.thomasorchardandnursery.com pt1117@bellsouth.net Mar-Nov 9am-6pm Daily. January-February Wednesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Call for December hours. Peaches, Peach Ice Cream, Pecans, Vidalia Onions in season, Apples in season, Bedding Plants, Perennials, Conifers, Fruiting Plants, Hanging Baskets, Shrubs, Custom Containers, Jams, Jellies, Sorghum, Tomatoes, Honey, Seasonal Produce, Gardening Gifts, Home Decor. Thompson Farms All Natural Pork 2538 Dixie Rd • Dixie, 31629 • 229-263-9074 229-263-8296 fax • www.thompsonfarms.com tfsmokehouse@thompsonfarms.com Year Round Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Country Cured Meats, All Natural Pork, Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Smoked Meats, Fresh Cuts of Pork. Tiger Mountain Orchard 1309 Bethel Church Road • Tiger, 30576 706782-3290 www.tigermountainorchards.webs.com June-August PYO daylite to dark; Mid AugustMid November, 8-5 Mon. thru Sat., 1-4 Sun. PYO Raspberries and Blackberries June-August. Sept.1 -Nov.1 Apples, Apple Cider and Apple Butter sold at market; PYO Muscadines. Tom Sawyer Farm 952 Empire Chester Hwy • Cochran, 31014 478-934-7584 Call for days open and availability of crops, April 1st -August 1st Strawberries, Blackberries, Onions and Peaches. Twin Oaks Fun Farm and Market 19464 Johnstonville Road • Forsyth, 31029 (678) 544-0756 or (770) 468-9052 www.twinoaksfunfarm.com eliza.patterson@aol.com April, May, June, September and October. Spring Season: 9:00am-6:00pm Daily. Fall Season: 9:00am-6:00pm weekends. U-Pick Strawberries, Pumpkins, Gourds, Jellies, Soups, Cider, Breads, Homemade Ice Cream, Country Store, Gift baskets, Pumpkin Patch, Sunflowers, Hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin slingshot. Playscape adventures, honeybee experience. Field Trips, parties, reunions, weddings. Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch 3781 E. Happy Valley Circle • Newnan, 30263 770-253-8100 www.uncle-bob.com • jwitt93@gmail.com Fri & Sun 2pm-6pm & Sat 9am-6pm Pumpkins, Honey, Gourds, Atlanta Burning Sauces, Ciders, Antiques, Crop Maze, Hay Rides, Nature Trails, Petting Zoo, Story Time, Puppet Show (Weekends), Weekday School Tours Available. Call for Hours. Wagon Barn Market, LLC 161 Country Place Drive • Keysville, 30816 (706) 871-4488 or (706) 551-2475 wbmarketga@gmail.com Year Round, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm,

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Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Tomatoes, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Peaches, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Squash, Watermelon, Canteloupe, Jellies, Jams, Salsa, Relishes, Pickles.

and Pumpkins. Corn Maze, Hayrides, Corn Cannon and Many Other fall Agritourism Activities. Field Trips in Spring and Fall. Concessions available. Check website for more details.

Waldrop Mercantile & Farm Market 2912 Post Road • Winston, 30187 770942-4571 • allenwaldrop@bellsouth.net 9am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Nest Fresh Organic Eggs, Fresh Farm Produce, Jams, Jellies, Farm Produced Honey. Syrup, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Summer Tomatoes, Squash, Okra and Peppers. Homemade Baked Goods and Hand-Painted Crafts.

William L. Brown Farm Market Hwy 49 • Montezuma, 31063 478-472-8767 or 6513 www.williamlbrownfarms.com williamlbrown@windstream.net Jun-Aug Mon-Sat 8:30am-6:00pm, Sun 1:30-6:00pm Peaches, Elberta Peaches (In-Season), Homemade Peach Ice Cream, Zinnias & Sunflowers (U-Pick), Tomatoes, Okra, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Squash, Shelled Peas & Butterbeans, Seasonal Produce, Vidalia Onions, Gourmet Foods, Syrups, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Candles, Snacks, Stone Ground Grits & Meal, Pecans, Peach Pie, Cakes, Cookbooks, Gifts, Discounted Oil Paintings, Picnic Area, Clean restrooms.

Wallace Farms 2862 Indian Rock Drive • Elberton, 30635 706213-0698 • cwallac5@elberton.net March-October; 8:00am-6:00pm Early Spring Vegetable Plants. Spring and Summer: Okra, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Squash (several varieties), Cucumbers, Peppers (several varieties), Pole Beans, Peas. Fall: Collards, Turnips and Turnip Greens. Variety of Flowers Available. Call for Produce Availability. Warbington Farms 555 Crow Road • Cumming, 30041 (770) 380-2920 or (770) 889-1515 www.warbingtonfarms.com paul@warbingtonfarms.com April, May and June: Closed Mon. Tues-Fri, 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat. 10:00am-7:00pm. Sun. 1:00pm-6:00pm. October-December: Thurs.-Sat. 11:00am-6:00pm. Sun.1:00pm-6:00pm. Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Pumpkins, Christmas Trees. Pottery, Bows, Candles, Beeswax (soap and lip balm). Hayrides (every weekend), Strawberry Festival and Pumpkin Palooza. Washington Farms-Loganville 270 Willowwind Drive • Loganville, 30052 (770) 554-8119 • www.washingtonfarms.net Open for Strawberry Season only. Check website for updates. U-Pick Strawberries. Washington Farms-Watkinsville 5691 Hog Mountain Road • Bogart, 30622 (706) 769-0627 • www.washingtonfarms.net April-October. Hours vary by season. Check website for updates. U-Pick Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries

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