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Contents Spring 2016 • Vol. 21, No. 2

Large animal veterinarians offer a dose of care

View from the Field ..................................... 2 Insurance Update ....................................... 12 Member Services Update .......................... 14 Legislative Update....................................... 16

Photo by Jay Stone


Join us as we shadow two large animal veterinarians for a day to see what’s involved with treating horses, livestock and other animals that can’t easily be taken to the vet’s office.


Kids Corner................................................. 24 Georgia Happenings................................... 28 Meals from the Field................................... 31

When to do what in your garden & landscape


First-time homeowners and new gardeners often wonder when they’re supposed to prune azaleas, plant new trees or fertilize their lawns. Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves provides a calendar for garden chores that answers these questions and more.

Verdant Kitchen spices up Georgia agriculture


Business partners Ross Harding and Howard Morrison are putting Georgia on the map growing ginger and turmeric. We visited with them at the historic Savannah plantation where they grow the plants and learned how they are using the spices to make a line of products marketed under their Verdant Kitchen label.

Ag Foundation awards $52,500 in scholarships


The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture recently selected 26 students, who are pursuing agriculture degrees or a related major, to receive its annual scholarships. GFB expanded its scholarship program this year. In addition to offering scholarships for college freshmen, GFB now offers scholarships for technical college students, college juniors and seniors, and UGA College of Veterinary Medicine students planning to be food animal vets.

On the cover

(photo by Melea Baldwin) Hart County Farm Bureau member Melea Baldwin shot this photo of family friend Joshua Fleming, son of Scott and Sherry Fleming. Baldwin shoots birthday photos of Joshua every year, and she captured this photo of Joshua on his sixth birthday, three years ago, which she entered in the 2013 GFB photo contest. “Joshua had gotten hot during the pictures and wanted to play in the water by the dock. To my surprise it turned out to be my favorite picture of the entire day,” Baldwin said. Look for the winners of this year’s contest in our fall issue. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

GFB honors livestock show grand champions


GFB recently awarded $16,000 in prize money to the grand champion winners from the state 4-H & FFA livestock shows.

Miss America encourages kids to eat their veggies


Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, daughter of Peach County Farm Bureau members Mike and Tassie Cantrell, is using her crown to teach kids the importance of eating fruit and vegetables.

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GFB supports locally grown food Days are getting longer and temperatures are rising as we ease into summer. On my family’s farm, we began our vegetable season Mother’s Day weekend by harvesting new potatoes, squash and snap beans that we sell at our farm market. Our zucchini, cucumber, okra, pea, pepper, corn, eggplant, cantaloupe, and watermelon crops will come in as summer moves along. My farm has been a member of the Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market Program since 1983, the first year GFB started this program. GFB began this program as a way to promote farmers growing commodities and selling them directly to consumers. At our farm market we give our customers a choice of picking their own produce or buying it pre-picked. I’ve always enjoyed visiting with our customers who come to the farm to buy the vegetables we’ve grown. I like meeting the folks who eat the food my family and I grow. GFB has almost 100 certified farm markets located across the state that offer a wide variety of commodities and agritourism activities your family can enjoy. You’ll find a list of all the markets and their locations starting on page 32. If you’re looking to buy fresh produce, you can’t do better than heading to the GFB Certified Farm Market nearest you. Most of the state has been blessed with adequate rain this winter, but summer is a time when it’s crucial that our crops get timely rain to grow in the hot weather. Agriculture has a saying that we’re never more than a week away from drought conditions in the summer. If you enjoy eating food grown in 2

Georgia, it’s essential that Georgia farmers have access to a stable water supply to irrigate the crops we’re growing to feed you. The seed farmers plant are very expensive, so we must water them to make a crop. Farmers realize the importance of conserving water so there’s enough for everyone in our society who needs it. It also costs farmers money to pay for the fuel or electricity that run our irrigation systems. Because irrigating costs farmers extra money, we’re not going to water our crops unnecessarily. As long as Georgia has a thriving agriculture sector, Georgia will have a thriving economy. There are about 42,000 farms in our state, and they’re a source of income for many families. One in seven Georgians works in jobs related to agriculture and forestry. Agriculture contributes about $74 billion annually to Georgia’s economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development. Many people think GFB is just an insurance company, but our organization was founded in 1937 to represent agriculture on legislative issues. There’s a misconception you have to have insurance with us to be a member. That’s not true. Being a GFB member gives you access to all of our member benefits, but you aren’t required to enroll in any of them. They’re a benefit of membership if you choose to use them. If you like eating food grown in Georgia, I ask you to continue your GFB membership and encourage your friends and family who aren’t members to join. The more members GFB has, the more weight our voice carries when we speak up on issues affecting agriculture, which guarantees you can continue to enjoy the Georgia grown food you love.


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President GERALD LONG, Bainbridge 1st Vice President and Middle Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN JR., Adrian North Georgia Vice President BERNARD SIMS, Ringgold Chief Operating Officer WAYNE DANIEL General Counsel DUKE GROOVER Chief Financial Officer & Corp. Treasurer DAVID JOLLEY Chief Administrative Officer & Corp. Secretary JON HUFFMASTER


FIRST DISTRICT: Bill Bryan, Summerville; Wesley Hall, Cumming SECOND DISTRICT: Bobby Gunter, Dahlonega; Randy Ruff, Elberton THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Skeetter McCorkle, Dearing; Marvin Ruark, Bishop FIFTH DISTRICT: Ralph Adamson Jr., Barnesville; Matt Bottoms, Molena SIXTH DISTRICT: James Malone, Dexter; James Emory Tate, Denton SEVENTH DISTRICT: Gary Bell, Bellville; Ben Boyd, Sylvania EIGHTH DISTRICT: Scotty Raines, Sycamore; Don Wood, Rochelle NINTH DISTRICT: Lucius Adkins, Newton; Paul Shirah, Camilla TENTH DISTRICT: Daniel Johnson, Alma; David Lee, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: Will Cabe, Carnesville WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Melanie Sanders, Stephens


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Dr. Mike Zager administers a vaccine to a cow at J&M Farm in Ellijay. Veterinarians place cattle in headgates when treating them to protect themselves and the cattle.

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On a recent afternoon, at the second of three farm calls in her day, Dr. Jill Lancaster drew blood, performed dental exams and photographed a collection of 13 horses, as she provided routine checkups to keep them healthy. She drew blood for the Coggins test, which detects equine infectious anemia. A negative Coggins test is required for horse owners who plan to transport their horses across state lines or have them commingle with horses from other ranches. Before she could get to the horses, Lancaster weighed and gave vaccinations to

a litter of seven puppies in the horse barn. Before that, she’d visited the owner of four goats to give the animals booster shots. All of this was after tending to small animals at Plantation Centre Animal Hospital in Macon that morning. For large-animal veterinarians, who provide medical care to cattle, other food animals and horses, the farm calls are a required fact of life. It’s easier to get one veterinarian to the farm than 13 horses or 100 cows to the animal hospital. Another fact of veterinary life: unpredictability. “My days are quite varied,” Lancaster

said. “I may be in the clinic all day seeing dogs and cats for vaccines, spay and neuters, or I may end up delivering a goat at 2 a.m. via C-section.  There is no such thing as a perfectly scheduled day of appointments. Emergencies always happen and must be attended to as needed.” Lancaster, a third-generation farmer, runs a 500-acre cattle, timber and hay operation along with her husband, Chris Ivey, in addition to her veterinary practice. She is a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and sits on the board of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA). Dr. Mike Zager, also a GVMA board member, has practiced veterinary medicine from his clinic in Blue Ridge for 37 years. Like Lancaster, he describes a harried pace where the appointment book routinely winds up in triage. “You can start the day with a plan, but it’s just a suggestion,” Zager said. “Your schedule is never written in stone. Someone’s always going to put a monkey wrench in your plan. Someone’s got an emergency, an injured animal or some sort of emergency that needs to be taken care of and you have to juggle and get things done. Most of my clients certainly appreciate the fact that if I have an emergency I need to take care of that. What they commonly say is, ‘If I have an emergency I want you to do the same for me.’ ” A recent day for Zager, making rounds with veterinary technician Jacquelynn Tatman, included administering vaccinations to 10 horses in the morning, another round of vaccinations for a herd of 49 young cows just after lunch, a 30-mile ride for a followup exam and consult on an ailing horse and a follow-up on an alpaca that was mauled by dogs. Zager had stitched the alpaca’s face back together and needed to see how it was healing. “That’s a fairly normal day,” Zager said, grateful that there were no emergencies to attend to. At day’s end he’d conducted hands-on treatment or evaluations on more than 60 animals.

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At Vaughn Farm in Monroe County, Dr. Jill Lancaster weighs and gives shots to a litter of puppies owned by Jordan Vaughn, who assists in managing the puppies.


Indications of veterinary treatments date back as far as 9000 B.C., though the first veterinary college is believed to have been established in France in the 1760s, when, according to, the veterinary profession officially began. Most U.S. veterinarians concentrate See VETERINARIANS page 29 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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MARCH: Fertilize shrubs if faster growth is desired. MAY: Prune azaleas after flowering ends. JULY: Prune common hydrangea after flowers fade. SEPTEMBER–MARCH: Worst time to prune flowering shrubs like azalea, common hydrangea and forsythia. You will destroy the spring blooms. DECEMBER–MARCH: Prune non-flowering shrubs like holly, cleyera and pittosporum, if needed.

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APRIL–AUGUST: Fertilize Bermudagrass four times at equal intervals. APRIL–AUGUST: Fertilize Zoysia, Centipede and St. Augustine three times at equal intervals. JUNE–SEPTEMBER: Apply one inch of water (total) per week to lawn, if needed. SEPTEMBER: Apply weed preventer for winter weeds like annual bluegrass and chickweed. SEPTEMBER–APRIL: Fertilize fescue lawns three times at equal intervals. YEAR ROUND: Pull or spot spray weeds.

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FEBRUARY: Plant broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, collards for a late spring garden. APRIL–JUNE: Plant tomato, squash, okra, melons, peas, beans for your summer garden. Visit for video instructions. SEPTEMBER–NOVEMBER: Plant onions, broccoli, collards, cabbage for vegetables next sping.

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“Like all of our products it has very simple, by owners James Habersham and George natural ingredients,” Harding says. “A lot of Anderson. After Morrison’s grandfather, people use it for cooking, but it can also be Mills B. Lane, bought the property in the used to make cocktails.” early 1900s, he experimented with satsuma Georgia wildflower honey is used to oranges, pecans and operated a dairy, so make the ginger-infused honey. it’s fitting that his grandson has brought an Harding and Morrison began their exotic crop to the plantation. company out of a desire to grow a crop that’s both delicious and healthy. Harding, who grew up around ginger farms on the east coast of Australia, thought Savannah’s coastal climate would be suitable for growing ginger and turmeric. “About four years ago Howard and I were talking about opportunities for agritourism and foods you can eat that are delicious, healthy and could be grown here,” Harding recalled. “Ginger kept coming to the Verdant Kitchen co-founders, Ross Harding, left, top of the list because the and Howard Morrison, right, began growing ginger climate is similar to where I and turmeric because they wanted a crop that was delicious, healthy and could offer an agritourism grew up.” Lebanon Plantation, component. The business partners are Chatham County Farm Bureau members. owned by members of Morrison’s family since the early 1900s, “I hope it puts our part of the world on has a rich agricultural history. In the mid the map. We’re experimenting. We’ve made to late 1700s, French Huguenot settlers about every mistake we can make, but experimented growing indigo, mulberries we’ve tried not to make the same mistake and olives on the land. During the 1800s twice,” said Morrison. rice and then cotton was grown at Lebanon Verdant Kitchen’s line of gourmet and wellness products includes ginger ale, Pictured at top: Ginger roots are displayed on the left. Turmeric roots are displayed on ginger pecans, ginger and turmeric powder the right. See SPICES page 27 8

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olks in the Savannah area thought Ross Harding and Howard Morrison had lost their minds in 2012 when the business partners planted ginger and turmeric at Lebanon Plantation in west Chatham County. But the pair took the teasing in stride, used their spices to develop a variety of products sold under their Verdant Kitchen label, and are now being hailed as visionaries after two of their products landed on Oprah Winfrey’s 2015 Favorite Things list. Verdant Kitchen’s gift set of ginger syrup and ginger-infused honey were among the 87 items Winfrey selected for her annual list of gifts she likes to give and receive. The items included on the list, published annually in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” are personally sampled and chosen by Winfrey, Harding said. “We feel we have a responsibility to live up to her endorsement. We’re trying to make sure every single product that goes out is as perfect as it can be,” Harding said. The daughter of a contractor at Lebanon Plantation was attending a cocktail party in New York City where she overheard the editor of O Magazine lamenting the lack of products made with U.S. grown ginger. The daughter told the editor about Verdant Kitchen’s ginger products setting the wheels in motion for Lady O to consider the ginger infused honey and ginger syrup. The syrup contains USDA Organic Georgia ginger, lemons and cane sugar.

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By Jay Stone __________________________________________________________________________ eorgia Farm Bureau members and tion,” Long said. “For our organization, the agribusiness stakeholders made foundation will allow us to expand our mistheir investment in the future of sion to support agriculture and our ag comagriculture by attending the 2nd munities. We have an opportunity to utilize Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Foun- foundation resources to better tell our story dation for Agriculture Gala. and educate our children on the value and The event, held April 16 at the Crowne source of their food, fiber and fuel.” Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Atlanta, raised Long recognized Candler County Farm money for the foundation, which supports Bureau for its $5,000 donation in memory GFB’s annual scholarship program and pro- of the late Bill Lanier, who served as GFB motional grants for county Farm Bureaus president from 1964 to 1970. across the state. More than 300 attended. UGA Professor Bo Ryles, a member GFB Foundation Executive Director Ka- of the National 4-H Hall of Fame, served tie Gazda welcomed the crowd, which fea- as Master of Ceremonies. Six members of tured guests from counties around the state. Clovers & Co., Georgia 4-H’s performing GFB President Gerald Long thanked arts group, provided the evening’s musical gala patrons. entertainment, wowing the crowd with hit “Let me say that your presence here this songs by Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonevening is a testimony to your dedication to der and others. Georgia Farm Bureau and now our founda- Telfair County Farm Bureau President

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Candler County Farm Bureau was recognized for making a $5,000 gift to the foundation in memory of the late Bill Lanier, who served as GFB president from 1964 to 1970. Pictured from left are CCFB President Chris West, his wife, Monica, and CCFB Vice President Jason West. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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It’s summer and that means the open road, swimming pools and relaxation! There are a lot of factors that go into planning a vacation, such as picking a great location, saving money and scheduling time off from work. If your plans include a summer road trip, make sure you remember to service your vehicle. Most people don’t realize the importance of having your vehicle checked and tuned up before you hit the road. Here is a checklist to help ensure that your road trip is just as relaxing as your final destination.

Do--------------------------------- • Check your fluid levels • Replace wiper blades if needed • Check tire pressure and rotate tires if it’s been longer than 5,000 miles since the last time • Pack a roadside emergency kit (jumper cables, flashlight, first-aid kit, blanket, gloves, etc.) • Have a list of all roadside emergency numbers • Check the air conditioning


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When planning your summer road trip, take a look at your auto insurance policy. Are the limits where you need them to be? Have you thought about adding trip related coverages to your policy? Endorsements like towing and labor, rental reimbursement, and trip interruption coverage are available to keep your trip running as smooth as possible if delays occur. It is also a great idea to check with your agent if your travel plans will take you outside of the United States. Insurance requirements are sometimes different for Canada or Mexico. It’s best to have a clear understanding of what your auto policy will and will not cover abroad. Planning ahead gives you the confidence to ensure that you and your family arrive safely and are able to enjoy the vacation you’ve planned for. It’s hard to mention summer without the vision of a clear blue swimming pool crossing you mind. We’ve got some great tips to make a splash with the safest pool in town! Did you know that the insurance term used to describe a swimming pool is “attractive nuisance”? This means it is likely to attract children who are unable to gauge the risk it poses. As a pool owner, it is your job to maintain adequate safety measures at all times to reduce the risk of potential injuries that may occur. In addition to removing the cover and

By Denise Bowman getting the water a perfect shade of crystal blue, be sure to follow these tips to make your pool as safe as it is inviting. • Consider installing a fence 4 ft. or taller with a self-closing, self-latching gate. • If your home serves as one side of the fence, install a door alarm to alert you when someone uses the back door to gain access to the pool. • Have a cell phone or portable phone close by at all times in case of an emergency. • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. • Keep children under active supervision when they are around a pool. Assign a pool watcher. •  Maintain proper chemical levels to avoid sickness and disease. • Make sure all drain covers are in working order to avoid drain entrapments. The suction system in some pools is strong enough to trap adults! • Use non-slip materials on pool deck, diving boards & ladders. • Communicate pool rules to family and guests; i.e. no diving, no running, etc. •  Keep life preservers or other safety devices readily available and in plain sight. Some carriers write homeowner insurance policies that are not designed to insure the pool itself against damage. The policy may cover personal liability for injuries to guests or visitors. If you own a pool, it is worth a call to your GFB agent to discuss your coverages and know where you stand. Despite taking all of these precautions, accidents do happen. The best safety measure is to be as prepared as possible to reduce the chances and the severity of accidents when they occur. Whether your summer plans take you on a road trip or swimming in your backyard pool, understanding your insurance coverage will give you the peace of mind needed to relax and enjoy your vacation. Denise Bowman is the training coordinator in the GFB Mutual Insurance Underwriting Department. She holds the insurance designations of CPCU, API, AU, AIS, AINS, ACSR. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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As you can see, this is definitely a card that rewards Farm Bureau membership. We are pleased to be able to offer this new benefit to our members because we truly value you! Speaking of value, that’s exactly what we work continuously and tirelessly to add to your membership. Other examples of savings Farm Bureau members enjoy are: • $40 on a two-night stay in a $100/night hotel room using the GFB/Choice Hotels 20% discount • $96 off the normal gate price at Six Flags Over Georgia for a family of 4 • The same family of 4 can save $26 off the gate price at the Georgia Aquarium • Up to $300 savings on Polaris ATV’s and UTV’s • Up to 20% off at Enterprise, National, Alamo & Hertz Rent-A-Car • $500 Bonus Cash on eligible new Ford vehicles and $750 Bonus Cash on eligible Lincoln vehicles •  Learn about other benefits at http:// GFB appreciates our member benefit partners including our Georgia Ford and Lincoln dealers. Farm Bureau’s Ford/Lin-

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Pictured from left, Woody Folsom Sales Manager Kevin Carter and Woody Folsom, owner of Woody Folsom Ford in Baxley, accept a plaque from Appling County Farm Bureau President Randy Branch and ACFB Agency Manager Eric Hataway for being the top dealership in Georgia to promote the Farm Bureau Membership Rebate Program. This program saves Farm Bureau members $500 on eligible new Ford vehicles and $750 on eligible Lincoln vehicles. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016


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his is kind of embarrassing, but here goes. My name is Sarah Pierce. I am 58 years old, and through the years (in my mind’s eye) I always thought I looked pretty decent. Especially so when our second daughter was married. I really considered myself a rather ‘smashing’ Mother of the Bride. That is, until the wedding pictures came back. I just couldn’t believe it. Here I am, definitely portly - not lean and svelte like I thought. Unfortunately the camera doesn’t lie. Since then, I heard about Emily Thacker’s Vinegar Diet and decided to give it a try. What surprised me most was how much I could eat yet I was losing weight and inches. It was like I was getting thin, thinner and thinner yet with the Vinegar Diet. I just thought you should know. - S. P., N. Canton, Oh.

NEWS & RESEARCH Simple Vinegar used to reduce cervical cancer deaths by 31%


he latest study about vinegar, shows it will prevent an estimated 72,600 deaths from cervical cancer each year. This according to a study released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The results were based over a 12 year period tracking 150,000 women in Mumbai, India, between the ages of 35-64 years. The conclusion, a simple vinegar test significantly reduces cervical cancer deaths. Immediate plans are to implement this simple and successful screening test in developing countries. The study had been planned for 16 years, but after the results were analyzed and found to be conclusive it was stopped at 12 years. Vinegar has always been used for its versatility in home remedies, cooking and cleaning. And now scientific and medical findings are showing its a simple, low cost, non-invasive and safe for the patient.

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hen celebrity beauty Scarlett Johansson needs to keep her skin looking beautiful and glowing one would think she would turn to high priced beauty creams. Not so, according to an article in the February 2013 issue of Elle UK. She uses simple apple cider vinegar and its natural pH balancing properties to keep her skin looking amazing. *Testimonials are atypical, your weight loss may be more or less.

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very small town in America has a hangout where locals gather to discuss the hot-button issues making news. It may be the barbershop, the meat and three, or a favorite breakfast spot. Without a doubt, it’s the place where all the world’s problems could be solved – if only anyone would listen! The topics of discussion generally range from foreign policy to the starting quarterback of the high school football team. In my hometown, the local drug store was the place. My brother and I loved listening to the regulars rant about the day’s most pressing issues while drinking their morning coffee. These problems were almost never without a recommended solution. “The president should…”, “the county should have …”, “the coach should have…” Looking back, I wonder how many of those recommended solutions were ever pitched to the appropriate person. Instead of having those conversations with a neighbor or friend, how often did those ideas actually reach the ear of an elected official? Were those people involved in an organization that supported their beliefs? How many good ideas fell to the wayside because they were not communicated properly? In 1937, a small group of farmers recognized the importance of speaking through a collaborative voice and in doing so formed the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB). Our organization serves as the voice for farmers and rural landowners in Georgia. Year round, GFB promotes members’ concerns to elected officials in Atlanta and Washington. Assisting with tax relief, protecting private property rights, crafting national farm policy and preserving water rights are issues for which Farm Bureau has successfully advocated. These accomplishments have been achieved because of local involvement. Farmers have worked through their county Farm Bureaus to set the policy and direction of both the state and national organizations. Members travel to Atlanta and Washington promoting their views on various issues. During the past 80 years, life on the farm has been improved through the work of Farm Bureau and its volunteer leaders. As 16

the old saying goes, “Decisions are made by the people who show up to the meeting.” Year after year, GFB members have “shown up” and answered the call to action. Farm Bureau members from across the state traveled to Washington in April. These members wanted their representatives in Congress to hear how Congress’ decisions impact their livelihoods. Farm Bureau members discussed concerns about low commodity prices, onerous Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations, the importance of opening trade markets and GMO

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important agricultural legislation is presented to lawmakers. With only a few clicks on your computer or smartphone, a letter will be sent to the appropriate legislator urging support or opposition for an issue. The impact of a few letters to each legislator can be tremendous. One of the first opportunities to utilize Voter Voice came during the EPA’s proposed “waters of the United States” rule. The rule significantly expanded the agency’s authority over private property and affected most landowners across the country. Under this rule, even farm ponds and ephemeral ditches are under the regulatory reach of EPA. Farmers across the state rallied in opposition to this measure submitting over 15,000 comments to the agency. Voter Voice allowed landowners to quickly and easily make their opinions known. Before Voter Voice, this type of response would have been very difficult to accomplish. EPA moved forward with the proposed rule, but it has been temporarily halted by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ultimately, this level of opposition has helped prevent the rule from moving forward and created a groundswell of supporters in Congress. Further actions will be required to prevent this rule from coming to fruition. You don’t have to be a full-time farmer to benefit from the work GFB has done to secure lower property taxes and our fight against EPA regulations. All residents of rural Georgia benefit from this advocacy work. Our legislative branch of government was designed to represent each and every one of us. The only way to insure that your voice is heard is to speak up. Through your involvement in Georgia Farm Bureau, the tools are available for you to make a difference on issues that affect your business and way of life. It’s up to you, to communicate those issues to the appropriate person. Access to the GFB Legislative Action Center & Voter Voice is provided free of charge and serves as a benefit of your Farm Bureau membership. Visit to sign up for the service. Jeffrey Harvey is director of the GFB Legislative Department. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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GFB Ag Foundation awards $52,500 in scholarships to 26 students

he Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture has selected 26 students to receive scholarships totaling $52,500. The scholarships recognize deserving and outstanding students pursuing college degrees in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or other majors related to agriculture. GFB expanded its scholarship program this year to offer scholarships to more students. Previously, GFB only awarded scholarships to students preparing to enter college as freshmen. This year, awards were expanded to include students heading to technical colleges, rising college juniors and seniors, and students enrolled in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on food animals. “The GFB Foundation for Agriculture is excited that we were able to substantially increase the amount and number of scholarships awarded to students pursuing careers in agriculture,” said GFB President Gerald Long. “These students are the future leaders of Georgia agriculture, and the financial support the GFB Foundation for Agriculture is offering will help prepare them for their future roles.” Five students preparing to enter college as freshmen in the University System of Georgia or Berry College were awarded the Scholarship for Agriculture at $3,000 each: 18

Savannah Austin of Butts County; Elizabeth Beacham of Colquitt County; Jared Daniel of Oconee County; Madison Parker of Johnson County; and Erin Ricks of Toombs County. An additional seven students were awarded the Scholarship for Agriculture at $1,500 each: Seth Clary, Wayne County; Justin Daniel, Oconee County; Jacob Fowler, Glascock County; Kassidy Griffin, Turner County; Morgan Hart, Colquitt County; Ron Johnson, Bacon County; and Sadie Lackey, Gilmer County. The 2016 Scholarship for Agriculture recipients, who will enter college in the fall, plan to attend either the University of Georgia or Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and pursue degrees in agribusiness, agricultural communications, agricultural education, animal science, diversified agriculture and biochemistry/ plant cell biology. Dalton Keener and Jeffrey Crump, both of Rabun County, were selected to receive the Technical College Scholarship for Agriculture at $1,000 each. Crump plans to attend North Georgia Technical College and major in marine engine technology. Keener plans to attend Athens Technical College and major in diesel engine service. The foundation awarded 10 $2,000 scholarships to college rising juniors and seniors: Casey Chastain, White County; Chris Crump, Banks County; Brooke Helton, White County; Mara McGurl, Clarke

County; Jake Parker, Houston County; Ashley Smith, Clarke County; Samantha Strickland, Houston County; Addie Thomason Tucker, Franklin County; Bryan Tucker, Irwin County; and Jarrett Williams, Appling County. Chastain, Crump, Helton, McGurl, Parker, Smith, Strickland, and Thomason Tucker are students at UGA pursuing degrees in agribusiness, agricultural communications, agricultural education, animal and dairy science, applied biotechnology, and food industry marketing & administration. Bryan Tucker and Williams are students at ABAC pursuing degrees in agricultural business. Seth Stowers of Dawson County and Rebekah Cochran of Worth County, were each awarded a scholarship of $2,500 for the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Both are studying to become food animal veterinarians. All students will receive their scholarships pending verification they are enrolled in a qualifying school and major. The GFB Foundation finances activities and educational materials designed to increase the agricultural literacy of Georgia residents. Visit to learn more about the foundation or make a donation. Instructions for applying for the 2017 scholarships will be announced on the foundation website in the fall. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016


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free handling. That’s a real steal because all other state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each State Vault Brick. Just a few weeks ago, nobody knew that the only U.S. State Silver Bars locked away in the private vaults of the Lincoln Treasury would be allocated to the Federated Mint for a limited release to residents in 49 states. Every single one of the 50 U.S. State Silver Bars are date numbered in the order they ratified the Constitution and were admitted into the Union beginning in the late 1700s. “As Executive Advisor to the Lincoln Treasury I get paid to deliver breaking news. So, for anyone who hasn’t heard yet, highly collectible U.S. State Sil-



ver Bars are now being handed over at just the state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury to residents in 49 states who beat the offer deadline, which is why I pushed for this announcement to be widely advertised,” said Mary Ellen Withrow, the emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America. “These bars are solid .999 pure fine silver and will always be a valuable precious metal which is why everyone is snapping up as many as they can before they’re all gone,” Withrow said. There’s one thing Withrow wants to make very clear. State residents only have seven days to call the Toll Free Order Hotlines to get the U.S. State Silver Bars. “These valuable U.S. State



Silver Bars are impossible to get at banks, credit unions or the U.S. Mint. In fact, they’re only being handed over at state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury to U.S. residents who call the Toll Free Hotline before the deadline ends seven days from today’s publication date”, said Timothy J. Shissler, Executive Director of Vault Operations at the private Lincoln Treasury. To make it fair, special Toll Free Overflow Hotlines have been set up to ensure all residents have an equal chance to get them. Rapid shipments to state residents are scheduled to begin with the first calls being accepted at precisely (Continued on next page) P7027A OF19570R-1

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8:30am today. “We’re bracing for all the calls and doing everything we can to make sure no one gets left out, but the U.S. State Silver Bars are only being handed over at just the state resident minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury for the next seven days or until they’re all gone, whichever comes first. For now, residents can get the U.S. State Silver Bars at just the state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury as long as they call before the order deadline ends,” confirmed Shissler. “With so many state residents trying to get these U.S. State Silver Bars, lines are busy so keep trying. All calls will be answered,” Shissler said. ■









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No State Silver Bars will be issued to any resident living outside of the 49 states listed to the left in bold at state resident minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury. If you are a U.S. resident living outside of the 49 states listed to the left in bold you are required to pay $134 for each State Silver Bar for a total of six hundred seventy dollars plus shipping and handling for each sealed State Vault Brick loaded with five U.S. State Silver Bars. This same offer may be made at a later date or in a different geographic location. Non-state residents call: 1-877-263-3007 EXT. FMS864



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Pictured from left, Chase Roberts, Jarrett Baldwin, Brett Dyer, Morgan Daniel, Abby Moore, Britten Herndon, Brent Bohannon and Luke Mobley accept their grand champion prizes from GFB

President Gerald Long. Each grand champion received a belt buckle, a daily devotional book with a personal note from President Long and their prize checks.

GFB celebrates accomplishments of livestock show winners By Jennifer Whittaker ___________________________________


eorgia Farm Bureau held its annual Evening of Grand Champions dinner April 1 to honor the 4-H and FFA members who exhibited the grand champion livestock winners from the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in February and the 2015 State Market Goat Show at the Georgia National Fair last October. GFB presented a total of $16,000 to the students during the event held at GFB ’s Macon home office. The winning exhibitors, accompanied by their families and 4-H agents or FFA advisors who helped them reach the winner’s circle, enjoyed a delicious catered buffet. GFB has hosted the dinner since 2012 when it began sponsoring the grand champion prizes. The grand champions are: Brett Dyer, Dade County, 2015 Grand Champion Market Goat Doe; Chase Roberts, Worth County, 2015 Grand Champion Market Goat Wether; Abby Moore, Houston County, 2016 Grand Champion Market Barrow; Britten Herndon, Toombs County, 2016 Grand 22

Champion Market Gilt; Jarrett Baldwin, Hart County, 2016 Grand Champion Breeding Ewe; Brent Bohannon, Coweta County, 2016 Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer; Morgan McDaniel, Jackson County, 2016 Grand Champion Breeding Beef Heifer; Luke Mobley, Colquitt County, 2016 Grand Champion Market Steer. GFB Young Farmer Committee Chairman Will Cabe encouraged the honorees to join Farm Bureau after graduating high school and become involved in the organization’s programs for young farmers from 18 to 35 years of age. GFB President Gerald Long, who grew up participating in 4-H and FFA, expressed one of the reasons GFB sponsors the grand champion prizes when he said, “Statistics will show that kids brought up on farms or who show livestock have a much better chance of getting a college education and becoming a productive adult.” Long also challenged the champions to continue maturing into responsible young adults, saying, “You can take the right road or the wrong road as you develop your skills. I challenge you to take the right road.”

In addition to the prize belt buckle and cash prize, each champion received a copy of Kevin Johnson’s book, “Once a Day Devotional for Teens.” “I want y’all to read this book, live by this book and pray daily because prayer is very important in your life,” Long said. UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue congratulated the grand champions, saying, “When you get people who are passionate about anything it’s exciting what you can do. I look forward to seeing you at UGA one day.” While congratulating the students on their achievement, Georgia Department of Education Program Manager for Agricultural Education John “Chip” Bridges referenced a section of the FFA closing ceremony that urges FFA members to be diligent in labor, fair in the way they treat others, courteous to everyone and honest and fair in the game of life. “We thank Farm Bureau not only for hosting tonight’s event but also for your continued support of local 4-H and FFA programs back in the counties for young people,” said Georgia Director of 4-H Arch Smith. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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Specialty Crops - Special for Georgia!

USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” Georgia’s specialty crops include a wide range of fruits and vegetables with a Farm Gate Value of approximately $1.5 billion. Georgia’s top fruit and vegetable specialty crops are blueberries, pecans, peaches, onions, watermelon, bell peppers, sweet corn, cabbage and cucumbers. Be sure to include these and all the other many fruits and vegetables we grow in Georgia for a healthy diet – they are delicious and nutritious! To learn more about these crops, match the words with the facts below and then find the words on the Word Search. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

USDA Crop Vegetable Fruit Farm Gate Value Blueberries

7. Alma 8. Pecans 9. Peach 10. Onion 11. Bell Peppers 12. Watermelon

A. This city is the Blueberry Capital of Georgia. B. This Georgia Farm Bureau program has a list of farms where you can pickyour-own or purchase many of these specialty crops plus others such as fresh strawberries. Some of them offer agritourism activities as well. C. This crop, which botanically is a fruit, is heavy and very juicy because it is 92% water. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, and is a great source for vitamins, especially A and C. D. Although served as a vegetable, this crop is actually a fruit because the seeds are inside. Although seen in stores primarily as green, they can U X F A R M V L U S D F W F Q B B Z G Y










13. Sweet Corn 14. Cabbage 15. Cucumber 16. Certified Farm Market

also be red, yellow, orange and even purple! E. This agency (United States Department of Agriculture) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. F. This vegetable is green and cylindrical in shape. It can be sliced and eaten raw or pickled and served on your hamburger or made into relish. G. This plant part contains the seeds of the plant. Examples are peaches and blueberries. H. This crop is a summer favorite and D L T P E R A J E U F X J D P A L Q B B




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can be yellow, white or bicolor. It is a great source of dietary fiber. I. This crop is native to North America. Native American tribes used this fruit for food, medicine, and dye for baskets and cloth. They are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese. J. This term refers to a plant or plant product that can be grown and harvested for profit or subsistence. By use, crops fall into six categories: food crops, feed crops, fiber crops, oil crops, ornamental crops, and industrial crops. K. This leafy crop is believed to be one of the oldest vegetables grown. It is a good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber. L. The vegetable in this group labeled “Vidalia” is grown in 13 counties and portions of 7 others. The Vidalia Sweet is the state vegetable of Georgia. They are a good source of Vitamin C. M. This is a culinary term and not a plant part. There are some plant parts we refer to as this term, such as onions, bell peppers, sweet corn and cabbage. N. These nuts grow on trees native to the United States and North America. They are a rich source of energy, and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin E, several B complex vitamins and manganese. O. This is the official state fruit of Georgia and is a good source of vitamins A and C. P. The net value of the product when it leaves the farm, after marketing costs have been subtracted. Since many farms do not have significant marketing costs, it is often understood as the price of the product at which it is sold by the farm. Scan the QR Code with your smart phone to find out more information about Georgia Certified Farm Markets. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information or an application. The application deadline is February 21, 21, 2014. 2014. Applications Applications must beapaphow effective the use of must agricultural ruary be proved and signed by the Farm Bureau conceptsand cansigned be to teach reading, proved by the Farm writing, Bureau president of the the county in which the apapscience, math andcounty more,”in said Dr. Victoria president of which the plicant resides or attends high school. LeBeaux, the National Agriculture in the plicant resides or attends high school. You may may also download download copy of Classroom Program Leader for USDA’s You also aa copy of the application by visiting http://www. National Instituteby of visiting Food andhttp://www. Agriculture the application, selecting selecting Programs and thenAg Ag (NIFA), which provides federal leadership, Programs and then in the the Classroom. and annual funding  for NAITC. in Classroom. The Goble and the other recipients The Georgia Georgia Farmaward Bureau MuFarm Bureau Muwill honored at the National Agriculture tualbe Insurance Company and the GFB GFB tual Insurance Company and the in the Classroom Conference to besponheld Women’s Leadership Committee sponWomen’s Leadership Committee June 20-24 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. sor the scholarship program. sor the scholarship program. TheWinners recipientswill willbe receive an honorarium Winners will be announced in May May announced in of $500 and up to $1,500 for travel related 2014. 2014. expenses to the conference.

Jones County elementary teacher Lauren Goble reads a book about agriculture to her class as part of her “Thank a Farmer,” lesson plans. Goble is a recipient of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.

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Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in in agricultural agricultural By Jennifer Whittaker an undergraduate degree ___________________________________ and environmental sciences, family and and and environmental sciences, family consumer sciences or a related agricul Lauren sciences Goble, who is a first-grade consumer or a related agricultural field. teacher at Mattie Wells Elementary School tural field. The top three three studentsnamed will one each in Jones was recently of The County, top students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The seven recipients of the National Excellence receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will will each rerein Teaching seven about Agriculture Award. remaining students each ceive aa $750 scholarship. The USDA National Institute of ceive $750 scholarship. Food and Agriculture and an the applicaNational Students submitting an applicaStudents submitting Agriculture in the Classroom Organization tion must currently be aa Georgia Georgia high tion must currently be high (NAITCO) give the award to teachers who school senior and plan to enroll in school senior and plan to enroll in aa have received state awards for successfully unit of the University System of Georunit of the University System of Georincorporating agricultural concepts into gia or College during the 20142014gia or Berry Berry College during the their curriculum. Goble received the 2015 2015 academic year. 2015 academic year. Georgia Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from Georgia Farm Bureau last December. Goble educates her students about local agriculture with “Thank a Farmer Friday,” when students eat commodities from a nearby farm that they learned about in class that week. Each week her class makes a virtual eanut fans fanstechnology have aa daily daily visit using distance-learning to eanut have one of 32 farms across the state with which chance to win a vacashe is partnering. The students learn aboutofa tion and hundreds crop or livestock theprizes farm produces, prepare other until Nov. 30. a recipe featuring the commodity discuss Vacation destinationandchoices how the farmer grows the crop orColorado, livestock. include California, The lesson Newplans York incorporate or Florida.Georgia Visit geography, and the students write letters to the farmers questions about to thewin. farm. toasking register for a chance “The winners this award exemplify Afterof registering, participants play a game called “Crack Summer the Peanut”Reading for a chance to win instant prizes likeheaded peanut and Program winners peanut butter packs, iPods and gift cards. tocrack Ga. National Fair If you three peanuts match, Kids across Georgia have athat tantalizing then you’re an instant winner! incentive to head to their local libraries, “When it comes to getting through an enroll in the Summer Reading Program early morning or long day, everyone wins (SRP) and read lots of books. The Georwith peanuts. At seven grams per servgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter ing, peanuts have more energy-boosting (GNFA) is teaming up with the Georgia protein than any nut,”tosaid Bobthe Parker, Public Library Service reward winpresident and CEO of the National Peaners of each local library’s SRP contest with nut Board. “Through the Energy to Burn tickets to the 2016 Georgia National Fair, sweepstakes able6-16 to in celebrate the which will bewe’re held Oct. Perry, Ga. power of peanuts and help re-energize The GNFA is providing each of GeorAmericans with a fun with vacation. ” pack of gia’s 405 local libraries a family The “Energy to Burn” sweepstakes, four tickets to be awarded to the winner ofis thecontest. National Board sponsored the library’sbySRP VisitPeanut your local liand co-presented by Hampton Farms, brary for details about its SRP contest. Visit and Skippy. Planters to learn more about the fair.

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hances are you know Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell is from Georgia, has a phenomenal singing voice and aspirations of being a Broadway star. But did you know she grew up on a farm in Peach County and has teamed up with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to promote healthy lifestyles through her “Healthy Children, Strong America” platform? In January, Cantrell spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference in Savannah where she told produce growers that fruits and vegetables are the key to reducing childhood obesity. In February, Cantrell spoke at the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference to kick off a contest designed to help elementary students understand the importance of making healthy food choices and to increase their understanding of how plants grow. The AFBF Foundation for Agriculture’s First Peas to the Table Contest ran from March 1-May 16 mirroring the plot in the foundation’s book of the year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. The student team that grows the largest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the contest period will win a visit from Cantrell as the grand prize. “First Peas to the Table,” tells the story of students who plant a school garden like Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello and hold a “First Peas to the Table” contest, just like Jefferson and his neighbors had each spring. The students learn it takes fertilizer and water to grow a crop and that helping a friend is more important than winning. Every year the AFBF Foundation for Agriculture selects a children’s book that accurately depicts agriculture and encourages Farm Bureaus and teachers to use the book in their Ag in the Classroom activities. Cantrell shared the inspiration for her Miss America platform during a January interview with Georgia Farm Monitor

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell launched the First Peas to the Table contest. Visit to see GFB’s interview with Cantrell.

Miss America encouraging kids to eat their veggies

reporter Kenny Burgamy. “My platform started out being called ‘Healthy Georgia, Strong America’ because I’m from Georgia. When I went to the Miss America national level of competition, I changed it to ‘Healthy Children, Strong America,’ because of my passion for kids and because our generation could be the first to not outlive our parents because

of childhood obesity. That is something that really hit home for me, and I think is relevant, not only in our country, but all over the world,” Cantrell said. “It is so important to use those Georgia resources that we have in agriculture and in our farms. Growing up on a farm, and in a very health-conscious household, it just seemed like the right idea for me to have that sort of platform because of the difference that I can make, not only in my state but in the whole country about taking those Georgia fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farms directly to the tables and into the schools of our state and our country.” Miss America learned the importance of a healthy diet and exercise from her parents, Mike and Tassie, who are physical therapists. Now she’s sharing the lessons they taught her in hopes of making America healthier. Georgia Farm Monitor reporter Kenny Burgamy contributed information to this article. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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SPICES from page 8 capsules, ginger and turmeric mint tea, ginger and turmeric infused honey, and ginger cookies, called Savannah Snaps, which won the 2015 UGA Flavor of Georgia snack category prize. Harding and Morrison harvested their third crop of ginger and turmeric this winter. Harvest usually runs from December into early March after a frost kills the foliage. The roots are hand harvested using a broad fork. After the roots are thoroughly washed, they are dehydrated and ground into powder in a USDA-certified organic production kitchen housed in a quaint wood cabin on the plantation. The powder is then shipped to Verdant Kitchen’s production facility in Atlanta where the ginger and turmeric powder is used to make the company’s line of food and wellness products.

Ginger plants grow in the foreground of this field at Lebanon Plantation while turmeric plants grow in the background.

About 10 percent of the roots are saved and replanted in March. The foliage grows in the summer. A member of the Georgia Grown program, Harding thanks the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Organics and UGA Cooperative Extension for the assistance they provided in helping him and Morrison get their crops and company started. “They’ve helped us. They’ve promoted us. Georgia has a very good network,” Harding said. “We’re very fortunate to have gone from a very innocent conversation that started here at Lebanon to end up on Oprah’s list,” Harding said. Harding and Morrison say they’re still learning how to grow ginger and turmeric. They say insects don’t pose much of a problem for the plants because the leaves are




infused with the spices’ scent, but the plants do have to contend with fungal pressure. Ginger requires about 100 inches of water a year. Since Savannah gets about 50 inches of rain a year Harding and Morrison use drip irrigation to supply the remaining water the crop needs.

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crafts, a parade and a 5K run/walk on Sat., Sept. 10. For more info visit email or call 229-868-6365.

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42nd GA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL June 3 & 4 • Alma Festival begins at 1 p.m. on June 3 at Goldwasser Park with arts and crafts, food, a blueberry pie eating contest, senior beauty contest and live bands. Events on June 4 kick off at 6:30 a.m. with registration for the 5-K run/walk that starts at 8 a.m. A blueberry pancake breakfast will be held from 7-10 a.m. with a parade at 9:30 a.m. Multiple groups will provide live entertainment. Civil War reenactments and an Indian campsite will be held at the Bacon County Recreation Center. Visit or call 912-310-7399 for more information. 21st ANNUAL LUMBER CITY FARM DAY FESTIVAL Sept. 9-11 Downtown Lumber City  Events include live musical entertainment Friday and Saturday evening, arts & 28

SHIELDS-ETHRIDGE HERITAGE FARM CULTIVATORS’ MARKET June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 & Nov. 19 Jefferson Jackson County Farm Bureau sponsors this monthly open-air market, held rain or shine, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on the third Saturday of the month. Market features local farmers and artisans selling products they grow or make. No pets please. The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, located at 2355 Ethridge Rd., is an outdoor ag museum that functions as an educational and interpretative facility. Proceeds from the market will be used for restoration projects at the farm. For more information contact Denise Temple at or call 706-367-8877 or visit MONROE FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays thru Oct. 8 Downtown Monroe This market, held weekly from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., features fresh produce, meat and other goods from local farmers along with homemade products from local artisans and family-friendly activities for all ages. Walton County Farm Bureau is one of the sponsors of the market, located on Court Street. Visit for more information or call Leigh Ann Walker at 770-266-5334.

COBB COUNTY FARM BUREAU FARMERS MARKET Tuesdays thru Oct. 26 Powder Springs Cobb County Farm Bureau in cooperation with Cobb County Parks and Recreation is hosting a weekly market at Lost Mountain Park on Tuesdays through October from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. The market will offer locally grown produce and food to the community and a chance for the community to interact with farmers. For more information email Market Manager Sonia Lopez at or 770-608-1119 or Debbie Payne at or 770-943-3531.

PAULDING COUNTY FARM BUREAU FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays thru Oct. 28 Dallas Paulding County Farm Bureau is holding its weekly market on Thursdays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.  in the north parking lot of Paulding County High School located at 1297 Villa Rica Hwy., Dallas, Ga. 30132. Vendors will sell locally grown produce and other ag commodities and homemade crafts. Contact Tracy Grice at 770-445-6681 or for more information.  DODGE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET Saturdays until Dec. Eastman This open-air market, sponsored in part by Dodge County Farm Bureau, features locally produced meats, vegetables, eggs and artisanal crafts. Market is held on the Dodge County Courthouse square each week from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information contact market manager T.I. Papel at 478-374-5895 or, or visit Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

their practice on pet animals. Large animal work is much more physically demanding, and the unpredictable schedule doesn’t appeal to some. As a consequence, large animal vets, and particularly those who treat food animals, are in short supply. In Georgia, that means extended coverage areas. “We have large areas of the state that are underserved,” said Lancaster, who along with two other mixed-animal vets, meaning they treat both small companion animals and large animals, covers a dozen Middle Georgia counties. Likewise, Zager provides large-animal services to a half-dozen counties in North Georgia and several more in Tennessee and North Carolina. “There’s an emotional tie in our line of work. Our job is to mitigate and minimize animal suffering,” said Zager, who in 2012 was named the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Vet of the year. “There are times when I receive a call from someone who lives 75 miles away and they can’t find a veterinarian who’s willing to come out. They may have a cow that is having a difficult labor and there’s no one there to help deliver the calf. I feel sorry for the cow, the calf, and the owner, but sometimes I just can’t go. It breaks my heart.” Along with the prevention of animal suffering, veterinarians are the experts tasked with safeguarding the supply of human food derived from animals. A 2013 report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) indicated an overall surplus of vets who treat food animals, but the geographic distribution of those veterinarians leaves some areas of Georgia uncovered. According to the most recent of AVMA’s Food Supply Veterinary Medicine data maps, based on information from the 2007 Census of Agriculture and the AVMA database from 2008, 73 Georgia counties had no food animal practitioners, and there were 5,000 or more food animals in 33 of those counties.

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Dr. Jill Lancaster gives a vaccine booster to a young Nigerian dwarf goat, with an assist from veterinary technician Taylor Phillips.

“We can see the effects of our admissions policy changes. Over time we’ve had more students interested in food animal careers,” said Allen. “We went from having one student interested in food animals in the class of 2005 to having 14 students in the class of 2018.” Allen said the college is trying to increase the number of students becoming large animal veterinarians using several tactics, including the Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program. This program identifies freshmen in the UGA College of Agriculture with an interest in becoming large animal veterinarians. Provided the students meet the criteria of the program, they are guaranteed admission to the vet school. Allen said keeping tuition costs low is another way the vet school is trying to encourage its students to enter rural practices. “UGA is fourth from the bottom for in-

state tuition. The cost of education is something we’re very concerned about,” Allen said. In-state tuition and fees for the vet college are $18,354 annually versus $46,054 for out-of-state residents. During the 2016 Georgia General Assembly, the college and GFB succeeded in getting state legislators to allocate $100,000 to fund five large animal vets through the Food Animal Veterinary Loan Reimbursement Program. GFB has also begun awarding two $2,500 annual scholarships for veterinary students studying to become food animal vets.

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For the food animal vet, the goals are to keep the U.S. food supply safe, ensure appropriate care for the animals and enable cattle producers to maintain profitable operations. See VETERINARIANS next page

While speaking at a Georgia Farm Bureau conference last year, Dr. Sheila Allen, dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, discussed changes the college has made to its admissions policies and procedures in the past decade to increase the number of its graduates who work with food animals. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2016

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Dr. Mike Zager conducts a follow up exam on an alpaca’s face he stitched back together after dogs attacked the animal.


Subway partnering with Georgia Grown to highlight use of Ga. produce Subway restaurants across the U.S. buy more than eight mil- The promotional campaign will be featured on billboards, TV lion pounds of Georgia grown tomatoes, cucumbers and green and radio ads, and in-store displays in four Georgia markets: Alpeppers a year, according to Subway representatives. To show bany, Atlanta, Columbus and Northeast Georgia. the restaurant’s commitment to sourcing local pro “We are very excited to have this opportunity to duce, Subway Regional Development Agent Joe Hart partner with Georgia’s largest restaurant chain,” said and area Subway franchisees are partnering with the Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. “This Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown IT DOESN’T GET campaign exemplifies what the Georgia Grown proANY FRESHER. program to spotlight Subway’s use of produce grown in gram is and can be. The brand has the power to bridge Georgia during Georgia’s produce growing seasons. the gap of what the consumers want and what the “At Subway, we always strive to serve the freshfarmer is already offering – wholesome, local products est ingredients we can,” said Hart, who is also a longproduced right here in Georgia.” standing franchisee for the restaurant chain in Atlanta. Although the advertising campaign is being tar“We’re proud to be serving locally grown cucumbers, geted for four markets, Subway customers across the green peppers and tomatoes during the local growing seasons, state enjoy Georgia-sourced produce as supply and crop qualand to be supporting Georgia farmers and the local economy.” ity allow.




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VETERINARIANS from page 29 “We offer any professional advice they need.  We consult on herd health issues and nutrition. We assist with reproduction.  We write health certificates for shows, sales, and interstate traveling. We are a direct link to the department of agriculture and state veterinarian’s office for any assistance they can provide. We want to help the farmer provide a safe, healthy product for the con-

sumer,” Lancaster said. Zager treats horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, alpacas and llamas. “If I weren’t seeing large animals I’d have to park the truck,” he said, noting that he is particularly busy in the spring, when cattle and horses are giving birth. The variety of animals that Zager treats adds to the workload but also keeps things interesting. “In the past I have done some work with elk there in north Georgia. I’ve also worked on kangaroos and giraffes, had one experience with a gorilla,” Zager said. “I’m grateful for the mixed career I’ve had so far with treating such a wide variety of large animals.”

Lancaster and her colleagues at Plantation Centre rotate on-call shifts, during which virtually any vertebrate with a medical need gets their attention. Lancaster said one time she got a call from a bear trainer from Florida who had a female bear and a male bear. The trainer asked Lancaster to come and castrate the male to keep the bears from reproducing. “He said he’d distract the bear with some meat while I jumped in to inject him in the shoulder to anesthetize him for the surgery,” said Lancaster, who completed the procedure. Add great stories to the farm calls and unpredictability. It’s all in a day’s work.

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Visit one of Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets to buy the fruit you’ll need to make this no-fuss summer dessert. You could also use strawberries with blueberries or blackberries to make a red, white & blue 4th of July themed dessert. For more recipes featured in “Meals from the Field,” the monthly cooking segment that airs on GFB’s “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show, visit www.gfb. org/recipes. GFB produces the cooking segment in partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and its Georgia Grown program to highlight in-season commodities grown in Georgia.

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GFB Certified Farm Markets: Buy straight from the farm If you’re interested in buying food directly from the farmer who grew it, make plans to visit one of the 86 Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets located across the state. No matter where you live, there is a market just a short drive away. GFB’s Certified Farm Markets offer a wide variety of farmfresh fruits, vegetables, meat and other items. Some markets let you pick your own produce and some pick for you. Many of the markets offer agritourism activities such as corn mazes or hayrides. These activities are an affordable way for families to spend quality time together and make lasting memories on a farm.  On the left, you’ll find a map of GFB’s Certified Farm Mar1

AARON FAMILY ORCHARDS 8350 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3180 August-December, 9:00am-6:00pm, 7 Days a Week. From Ellijay, Take Hwy 52 E 8 miles. Market on the Right.

2 P ADAMS FARMS 1486 Hwy 54 W • Fayetteville, 30214 • 770.461.9395 April-October, 9:00am-4:00pm ,Monday-Saturday. From Atlanta travel I-85 south to exit 61, turn left and travel GA Hwy 74 to Palmetto-Tyrone Rd and turn left, go to Hwy 54 and market is across street 3 P

ALLEN FARMS 112 Whetsel Road • Twin City, 30471 478.494.3587 or 478.299.5158 Facebook-Allen Farms Middle of May-January 1. 9:00am-5:00pm, MondayFriday. 9:00am-Noon on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. From Twin City, go out Hwy 23 towards Metter. At the first dirt crossroad, take a left. Look for signs.


B & G HONEY FARM 945 Sinkhole Road • Register, 30452 912.852.5124 or 912.515.0294 Call ahead. Also located at Statesboro Farmers Market 9:00am-1:00pm, every Saturday April-November. 15 Miles South of Statesboro off Hwy 301 on Sinkhole Road.

5 P B.J. REECE ORCHARDS 9131 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.276.3048 • July-December, Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm. Take Hwy 52 east out of Ellijay, go about 8 miles and market on left. 6 P BAR C CATTLE AND PRODUCE 2006 Yates Road • Barney, 31625 • 229.561.3466 Facebook-Bar C Cattle and Produce Open Year Round, 7:00am-7:00pm. 1.5 miles east of Barney on US 122. Turn Right on Old Coffee Road, go 0.5 mile to Yates Road on the right. .75 miles to the farm, look for signs. P Pick Your Own

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kets. Use the corresponding number on the following listings to find a farm market in your community or when traveling across Georgia. Use your smartphone or tablet to scan the QR codes to visit the search page or to find recipes using Georgia Grown ingredients. This listing is also available on our website at http://www. On the website, you can search for a market by geographic location or by commodity. For more information about GFB’s Certified Farm Market program, contact Brandon Ashley at or call 1-800-342-1196.

7  BERRY’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 70 Mt. Tabor Road • Covington, 30014 • 770.786.5833 • November-December, 10:00am-7:00pm. By Appointment January-October. I-20 Exit 88 (Almon Road). Go North to Mt. Tabor Road. 30 miles east of Atlanta. 8 P

BERRY GOOD FARMS 930 William Gibbs Road • Tifton, 31793 229.821.0746 or 229.386.8880 • March-July, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm. Closed Sunday. From I-75: Exit 62, travel West on Hwy 82 for 2.1 miles. Left on Salem Church Road for .2 miles. Right on William Gibbs Road, 4.2 miles on the right.

9 PM BRAY FAMILY FARMS 3625 Powder Springs Road • Powder Springs, GA 770.616.0873 • Open 12 months. Summer Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Winter hours: 10:00am-5:00pm. Check website for more details. I-20 West to Exit 44 Thornton Road and go North to Richard Sailors Parkway. Turn Right, 2 miles on the right. 10P

BURTON BROOKS ORCHARDS Hwy 76 122 • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.2710 or 2828 Facebook page- Burton Brooks Orchards May-July, 8:00am-8:00pm. Weekends Only, August -November (Ice Cream Only) I-75N, exit 29, 8 miles west on Hwy 122, at intersection of Hwy 122 and 76.

11 PM CAGLE’S FAMILY FARM AND MAIZE 362 Stringer Rd • Canton, 30115 • 770.345.5591 • Year Round Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Call for Events and Appointments. 1 mile off Hwy 140 between Canton and Roswell. Turn at sign to 362 Stringer Rd 12 CAGLE FARMHOUSE AND PAPA ALBERT’S MARKET 150 Stringer Road • Canton, 30115 • 404.567.6363 May-October, Daylight to Dark everyday. From Hwy 140 turn onto Stringer Road. Go 1.25 miles on the left at intersection of Hickory Road.

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CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. 5075 Hawpond Rd • Ashburn, 31714 229.273.1887 or 1860 March-December. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75 South Exit 92, Turn left (Hawpond Road) 6 miles on right. I-75 North, Exit 84, turn Right 8 miles.


CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. CRISP CO Cordele State Farmers Market Hwy 41 North Cordele, 31015 • 229.273.1892 June-August, Call for Hours. Located at Cordele Farmers Market on Hwy 41 north.


CHASE FARM MARKET 83 Riverview Lane • Oglethorpe, 31068 478.472.1729 or 7726 June-July 10:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun. In Oglethorpe, at corner of Riverview Lane and Hwy 26; 1/2 mile west of Flint River.

16 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS 90 2nd Avenue • Rochelle, 31079 229.365.7405 or 229.276.6006 • March-June, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. In the city limits of Rochelle, on Hwy 280 W 17 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS HWY 300 LOCATION Hwy 300 as Striplings • Cordele, 31015 • 229.535.3123 March-May, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. Next to Striplings on Hwy 300 18 P DACULA BRIARPATCH 2503 Cammie Wages Rd • Dacula, 30019 770.962.4990 June - November, 8:00am-7:00pm Tuesday - Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday. 85 North of Atlanta Exit 106 Hwy 316 E. Turn onto Harbins Rd and travel 3 miles to New Hope Rd. Travel 1 mile and turn on Cammie Wages Rd and market is first place on right.



19 P DAISY ADAMS FARM 230 Daisy Adams Road • Cochran, 31014 478.697.3207 or 478.298.2560 • April-July, hours seasonal and listed on website and Facebook. Check website for updates. From Cochran: take GA Hwy 26 to US Hwy 23/GA 87. turn left onto US 23/GA 87 (Cochran bypass). Turn Right on Daisy Adams Road (1/4 mile). Farm is .7 down the road. 20 DEAN FARMS 4193 Vada Road • Climax, 39834 • 229.246.5511 May-November, 8:00am-until. Hwy 97, 10 miles North of Bainbridge. 21

DICKEY FARMS 3440 Musella Road • Musella, 31066 478.836.4362 or 800.732.2442 • Peach Season (May-August): Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm. August-April: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Always available online. 6 miles north of Roberta at the intersection of Hwys 341 & 42 in Crawford County


DICKEY’S AT THE HILLTOP Corner of Hwys 74 & 341 at the round about Culloden, 31016 478.836.4362 • May-August, 8:30am-5:30pm Daily Located at the corner of Hwys 341 & 74 at the round about in Monroe County, 1/2 mile north of Culloden.

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DOUBLE B FARMS CHRISTMAS TREES 8511 Knoxville Rd • Lizella, 31052 • 478.935.8742 or 478.808.5271 • 10:00am-5:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Open Thanksgiving Day-December 22. From I-475 travel west on US 80 (Eisenhower Pkwy) 3.2 miles, turn left on Knoxville Rd. and go 2.7 miles to tree farm on right.

24 PM ELLIOTT FARMS #1 4761 Holley Road • Lizella, 31052 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Hwy. 80 towards Lizella, Turn on South onto Holley Road. Continue on the dirt road. Farm is on the end of the road. 25 ELLIOTT FARMS #2 9515 Feagin Road • Macon, 31216 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms April and May: Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm. South on Hwy. 247. Across from Macon Airport. 26

ELLIS BROS. PECANS INC. 1315 Tippettville Rd • Vienna, 31092 229.268.9041 or 800.635.0616 • Year Round 8:00am-8:00pm Daily. I-75, exit 109 Vienna; go east 75 yards, turn left onto Tippettville Rd and go 1 mile north


EMILY’S GARDEN 1645 Mineral Springs Road • Ballground, 30107 678.614.8959 • June-September, Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. Between Ball Ground and Nelson on Hwy 372. Turn on Mineral Springs Road and follow signs.



HARDY FARMS PEANUTS 1659 Eastman Hwy • Hawkinsville, 31306 478.783.3044 • August-October, 10:00am-7:00pm. 25 locations throughout Georgia… see website for directions.

29 P HARRIETT’S BLUFF FARM 762 Pine Drive • Woodbine, 31569 • 229.392.1388 or HarriettsBluffOrganicBlueberriesFarm Late April-Mid July. Open Daily 8:00am-7:00pm. Call, email, or check website for availability. I-95 Exit 7 (Harriett’s Bluff Road). Head East toward Atlantic Ocean. Go about 3 miles and cross a saltwater creek. Take first left on Pine Drive. Go about 1 mile and farm will be on the right. 30 HARVEST MOON MARKET, LLC 3103 Thomasville Road • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.6750 • Check website or call ahead for schedule of operation and availability. Closed July and August. 4 miles East of Bainbridge, GA on Hwy 84. 31 PM HILLCREST ORCHARDS 9696 Hwy 52E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3838 • Sept, Oct - 9:00am-6:00pm Daily. Nov. 9:00am-5:00pm Daily. Call for time of special events Hwy 515 north to Hwy 52E, 9 miles on right or Hwy 400 N to Hwy 53 through Dawsonville to Hwy 183 to Hwy 52W, 12 miles 32 PM HILLSIDE ORCHARD FARMS COUNTRY STORE & FARM 18 Sorghum Mill Dr • Lakemont, 30552 • 706.782.2776 • Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm. Sunday 11:00am5:00pm. Closed January/February. From Atlanta travel north on I-85 to I-985 to 365 to 441, 5 miles north of Tallulah Falls bridge, turn left on Wiley Connector and right at dead end. Store is .7 miles on left. 33 P HOMEGROWN AT LICKSKILLET 2130 Athens Hwy • Greensboro, 30642 • 404.456.6307 or 770.652.6216 • Facebook: Homegrown at Lickskillet April-September, Daylight to Dusk. From Greensboro, take Hwy 15 North. Farm is 2 miles on left. 34 M JAEMOR FARM MARKET 5340 Cornelia Hwy • Alto, 30510 770.869.3999 or 0999 • Open Daily. September-May, 7:00am-6:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm. June-August, 7:00am-7:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm. From Atlanta I-85 north to 985 which becomes 365, Travel 365 to market @35 mile marker on right. 35

JAEMOR FARM MARKET AT BANKS CROSSING 40081 U.S. Hwy 441 • Commerce, 30529 706.335.0999 (Please indicate in subject: Banks Crossing) Open Daily. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am.-6:00pm; Sunday, 1:00pm.-6:00pm. From Atlanta: I-85 North to exit 149. Turn right onto Hwy. 441 for 3/4 mile; Market on left, above Wal-Mart. From Athens: 441 North to Commerce. Market on the right, same turning lane as Wal-Mart.


JIBB’S VINEYARDS 1521 Jenkins Farm Road • Byromville, 31007 478.952.8328 • Facebook page-Jibb’s Vineyards Year Round, Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday late afternoons. Hwy. 230 to Poplar Springs Rd. then left on Jenkins Farm Rd.

37 PM LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS 50 Lane Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 • 478.825.3592 or 3362 Year Round. May-August 9:00am-7:00pm, SeptemberApril 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75, exit 142, take 96 west 5 miles. From Fort Valley, take 96 east 3 miles 38 P LAWSON PEACHES 8545 Valdosta Hwy • Morven, 31638 • 229.775.2581 May 1-Late August, 8:00am-8:00pm Daily. I-75, exit 18, 12 miles west to Morven on Hwy 133 39

LITTLE DUCK FARMS (DORSEY FARMS) 66 Rice Lane • Ray City, 31645 229.455.3522 or 229.455.3071 • Open Seasonal. October-January, Mon.-Sat. 8:00am6:00pm. Feb.-Sept., call (229) 560-0823 for hours. One mile north of Ray City on GA Hwy 125. Also, our pecans are now at the Nashville City Farmers Market.

40 PU LONG FARMS 2822 Old Whigham Rd • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.8086 • May-July and September-October. Monday-Friday, 7:00am-7:00pm. Saturday, 7:00am-Noon. 2.5 miles east of Bainbridge on Old Whigham Rd. on right side, watch for signs. 41

LOVIN FARM PRODUCE 1590 Hwy 15 South • Greensboro, 30642 706-318-7990 May-August: Wednesday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm. Please call prior to coming as these hours are subject to change. Take Hwy 15 South from Greensboro toward Siloam and Sparta. One mile down Hwy 15 south on left just outside Greensboro.

42 P LOWREY FARMS 2416 Turkey Mountain Road • Rome, 30161 706.295.1157 • (Lowrey Farms) April-October; Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm. From intersection of Hwy 27 & GA 140: travel east 4.5 miles, market on right. From Adairsville @ I-75: travel west 11 miles, market on left. 43 LUCK AND MOODY PEACHES 13891 Hwy 122 E • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.3300 May-July, 7:30am-7:30pm. I-75 Exit 29. 9 Miles west on state Hwy 122, intersections of Hwys 122 and 76 at railroad tracks. 44 MACK AARON APPLE HOUSE 8955 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3600 or mackaaronsapplehouse; July-October, 8:00am-6:00pm; November-January (closing), 8:00am-5:00pm. 8.5 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy 52.

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45 PM MARK’S MELON PATCH 8580 Albany Hwy • Dawson, 39842 • 229.698.4750 or 229.881.0814 • Year Round April-October 8:00am-7:00pm, November-March 8:00am-6:00pm. 9 miles from Albany Mall - Hwy 82 west, 1 mile east of Sasser. 46 P MERCIER ORCHARDS 8660 Blue Ridge Drive • Blue Ridge, 30513 800.361.7731 • Sunday-Saturday: December-May, 7:00am-6:00pm; May-November, 7:00am-8:00pm. 2 miles north of Blue Ridge on Hwy 5. 47

MERRITT PECAN CO., INC. Hwy 520 • Weston, 31832 • 229.828.6610 • Year Round (except Christmas), 7:00am-7:00pm. Located on Hwy 520 halfway between Albany & Columbus.

48 PM MITCHAM FARM 750 Macedonia Church Rd • Oxford, 30054 770.855-1530 • Seasonal-Call Ahead Exit #93 off I-20 Hazelbrand Road (Hwy 142); North on Hwy 142; Turn Right on Hwy 81 (north). Make quick left onto Macedonia Church Road. Farm will be 1.3 miles with strawberries on right and corn maze on left. 49 P

MOON FARMS COUNTRY MARKET 3498 Hwy 72 • Colbert, 30628 • 706.338.0065 • April-June, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 2:00pm6:00pm Sunday. From Athens: Take US Hwy 29 North toward Danielsville. Turn Right on GA Hwy 72 East. Go Approximately 10 miles. When approaching the farm, you will go past the junction for GA Hwy 172 on your left. Right before the four lane highway turns into two lanes. 50 P

OCHLOCKONEE RIDGE FARMS LLC. 1069 Rossman Dairy Rd • Moultrie, 31768 229.941.5971 or 229.891.0583 • March-June, call for hours and availability. From Moultrie take Hwy 37 W. Turn right on Rossman Dairy Rd. Market 1.9 miles on left

51 ODOM APIARIES 2310 Williford Road • Rebecca, 31783 • 229.392.0321 • Year Round, 8:00 a.m.-until. I-75 Exit 84, 8.5 miles on Hwy 159 NE. We’lll be on your right on Williford Rd. (dirt road). Visible from highway. 52

54 PACKER PRODUCE 1601 1st Avenue SE (State Farmers Market) • Moultrie, 31768 • 229.668.7225 • Year Round, 9:00am-4:00pm Mon-Fri; Open Sat during Pecan Season (Oct-Jan), 9:00am-1:00pm. One block west of Hwy 319 in Moultrie at the State Farmers Market.

59 M POPPELL FARMS 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop • Odum, 31555 • 912.586.2215 • Vegetables: June-Aug, 8:00am.-6:00pm. daily. Corn maze and Pumpkin Patch: Saturdays and Sundays in Oct. From Jessup Highway 341N, Turn onto Tank Rd. Follow signs, 41/2 miles.

55 P PAULK VINEYARDS 1788 Satilla Rd • Wray, 31798 • 229.468.7873 • August-September 9:00am-7:00pm. Closed on Sunday. 3 miles south of Hwy 32, between Ocilla and Douglas

60 P PRESCOTT’S STRAWBERRIES 2226 Gus Perdue Rd • Wrens, 30833 • 706.547.3717 April-Mid June, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm. Take Hwy 1 North of Wrens .4 miles past the intersection of Hwy 221, turn onto Farm Lane Rd and follow signs

56 PU PAYNE FARM & PRODUCE 204 Salem Road • Calhoun, 30703 • 770.878.2005 or 770.480-7004 • April-January, Call for Hours I-75, take exit 310 and travel west on Union Grove Rd. for 3/4 mile. Take immediate left on Salem Rd.; second driveway on the left. 57 PEARSON FARM 5575 Zenith Mill Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 • 478.825.7504 • May-August (Peaches), November-January (Pecans), 9:00am-5:00pm. 5 miles north of Fort Valley just off Hwy 341. Turn left on Zenith Mill Rd, go 1 mile to packing house on right 58 PITTMAN’S COUNTRY MARKET 364 Cedar Crossing Road • Lyons, 30436 • 912.565.0880 • Visit Facebook Page-Pittman’s Country Market April-July and October-December, 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday. About halfway between Lyons and Baxley on Hwy U.S. 1, turn West on Cedar Crossing Road for about .5 mile.

61 R & A ORCHARD INC. 5505 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3821 or 2639 • 9:00am-6:00pm Year Round. 4 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy 52 on left. 62

RJ & G FARMS 2385 Bill Hodges Rd • Claxton, 30417 912.618.9001 or 9002 April-November, 8:00am-6:00pm. 3 miles south of Hagan on Bill Hodges Rd.

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RED APPLE BARN/ LITTLE BEND ORCHARDS 3379 Tails Creek Rd • Ellijay, 30540 • 706.635.5898 • August 15-December 20, Monday-Saturday 9:00am6:00pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm. 3.5 miles west of Ellijay on US Hwy 76/GA 282

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OSAGE FARM 5030 Hwy 441 North • Rabun Gap, 30568 706.746.7262 May-October, 8:00am-6:00pm, 7 days. On US 441, 1 mile south of Dillard, GA. 7 miles north of Clayton.

53 PM OTTAWA FARMS 702 Bloomingdale Road • Bloomingdale, 31302 912.748.3035 • Mar-Nov: Tues-Sat, 8:30am-6:00pm and Sun 1:00pm6:00pm. Dec-Feb: Sat10:00am-5:00pm. From Savannah, take I-16 West to Bloomingdale Road exit (#152). Go right and farm is 2 miles on the right.

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64 ROCKIN “S” FARM MARKET 465 Claude Scott Drive • Canton, 30115 • 770.377.0290, 770.596.0711 • Year Round, 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Hwy 20 West from Cumming to Canton. Take Hwy 372 South at the Free Home intersection. Right on Wyatt Road. Right on Claude Scottt. 4th residence on left. 65 P

ROSS BERRY FARM AND APIARIES, INC. 159 Watkins Road • Canton, 30115 • 770.776.6094 • Year Round, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 2:00pm-6:00pm. GA Hwy 20 to Union Hill Road, Turn Left onto Owens Road then Right onto Watkins Road. OR GA Hwy 140 to Sugar Pike Road, Turn Right onto Lower Union Hill Road, then turn Right on Union Hill Road, Left on Owens Road and Right on Watkins Road.

66 P SIMS FARM 1608 Burning Bush Road • Ringgold, 30736 706.866.4062 or 423.593.4021 May-July, 8:00am-4:00pm. Head North on I-75, and take Exit 350 and turn left. Go approximately 3 miles and turn left on Dietz Road. Go 1 mile to the 4-way stop. Go straight. Name of road changes to Burning Bush Road. Go 1.5 miles and farm is on right. 67 SLEDGE FARMS PEACH HOUSE 744 John E. Sullivan Road • Byron, 31008 478.956.2742 or 478.808.4690 June, July and August, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. On I-75, take Exit 146 and travel West for 1 mile. Turn left on John E. Sullivan Road, 1/2 mile on left. 68 PUM SOUTHERN BELLE FARM 1658 Turner Church Road • McDonough, 30252 770.288.2582 • Hours seasonal; visit website for updated hours. See directions at 69 P SOUTHERN GRACE FARMS 11946 Nashville Enigma Road • Enigma, 31749 229.533.8585 • March-July, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. From Hwy 82 in Enigma, go south on Nashville-Enigma Hwy 4 miles. Located across from Berrien Peanut Co. Farm Market store is now open. 70 U SPRING BROOK FARM LLC 1520 Mandeville Rd • Carrollton, 30117-5430 770.861.5333 • or Facebook: SBFCT November-December. Weekdays-2:00pm-6:00pm. Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm. Open Thanksgiving Day. I-20 West to exit 11. Turn left onto Hwy 27 S, go 2.6 miles and turn left onto Mandeville Rd (Co.Rd. 240), cross Miller Academy Rd at first stop sign and travel .8 miles to farm on left. 71 PM SUNNY DAY FARMS 6353 US Hwy 1 N • Louisville, 30434 • 706.360.5051 March-December. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Fall hours-check website. 4 miles North of Louisville on US Hwy 1. P Pick Your Own


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SWEET SOUTH STRAWBERRY FARM 955 W Moores Crossing Road • Thomaston, 30286 706.656.0965 or 706.647.8440 End of March-First of June. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. West on Hwy 36 from Barnesville, turn right on East Moores Crossing Rd. Less than a mile, turn left on West Moores Crossing Rd. Market on the right less than a mile.

73 P T AND T FARMS 698 Hwy 338 • Dublin, 31021 • 478.676.3670 or 3230 Year Round/Seasonal. From I-16, Exit 42, travel north 6 miles on Hwy 338. Farm on right. 74 P TAYLOR ORCHARDS AND THE STRAWBERRY PATCH AT TAYLOR ORCHARDS Peaches-1165 Fall Line Freeway East; Strawberries-41 Racetrack Rd. • Reynolds, 31076 Peaches-478.847.4186; Strawberries-478.847.2539 • Arpril (Strawberries), May-August (Peaches), 8:00am-6:00pm Daily. From traffic light in Reynolds,, head west on US Hwy 96 for approx. 1 mile and Taylor Orchards is on right. Strawberry Patch is approx. 1 1/4 miles past traffic light on left at Racetrack Road. Patch is on the left. 75 PUM THE MARKET AT RUTLAND FARMS 5641 Union Road • Tifton, 31794 • 229.386.5111 • Year Round, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75, exit 55, turn west and travel .5 miles to dead end, turn left and farm is 1 mile on left. 76 PM THE ROCK RANCH 5020 Barnesville Hwy • The Rock, 30285 • 706.647.6374 • April-November. Please check website for hours and available products. West on Hwy 36 from Barnesville-look for signs. 77

THOMAS ORCHARDS, GREENHOUSE & GIFT SHOP 6091 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441) • Bishop, 30621 706.769.5011 • March-December, 9:00am-6:00pm Daily. February, 9:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Go to the website for more details. 8 miles south of Athens on Hwy 441 at Watkinsville By-Pass


THOMPSON FARMS ALL NATURAL PORK 2538 Dixie Rd • Dixie, 31629 • 229.263.9074 or 229.263.8296 (fax) • Year Round Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. 2.5 miles west of Dixie on Dixie Road.

79 P TOM SAWYER FARM 952 Empire Chester Hwy • Cochran, 31014 478.934.7584 or 478.230.7330 Call for days open and availability of crops, April-August 1st. GA Hwy 257, 2 Miles east of Empire in north Dodge County

80 P THE TOMATO PATCH AT EVERGREEN PRODUCE, LLC 867 Rountree McCranie Road • Adel, 31620 229.848.9750 Produce LLC Mid-May-July and September-November. Call for hours and availability. Open Daily, closed Sundays. I-75, take exit 39 and go on Hwy 37 west for 5 miles. Look for signs. 81 PM WARBINGTON FARMS 5555 Crow Road • Cumming, 30041 • 770.889.1515 April-June (Strawberry Season depends on availability), Monday-Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm6:00pm. Fall Hours (Sept. 27-Oct. 31) Friday & Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. Hwy 400 N to Exit 17, turn right on Hwy 306. Go East on Hwy 369 at 3rd light and turn left on Little Mill Rd. Go 1.7 miles and turn left onto Crow Road. Farm is on right. 82 P

WASHINGTON FARMSLOGANVILLE 270 Willowwind Drive • Loganville, 30052 770.554.8119 • Open for Strawberry Season only. All fall activities are at our Watkinsville farm. Check website for details. See website for directions.

83 PM WASHINGTON FARMSWATKINSVILLE 5691 Hog Mountain Road • Watkinsville, 30677 706.769.0627 • Apr-Oct. Hours vary by season. Check website for details. See website for directions. 84 WHITE OAK PASTURES 22775 Highway 27 • Bluffton, 39824 • 229.641.2081; Year Round; 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday; 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday. Restaurant: Lunch, MondaySaturday, Noon-1:30pm. Supper, Friday and Saturday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm. 9 miles north of Blakely on Hwy 27. 85 P

WILLIAM L. BROWN FARM MARKET Hwy 49 • Montezuma, 31063 • 478.472.8767 or 6513 June-August, Monday-Saturday 8:30am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm-6:00pm. 1 mile north of Montezuma city limits on Hwy 49

86 PUM YULE FOREST HWY 155 THE PUMPKIN PATCH 3565 Hwy 155N • Stockbridge, 30281 • 770.954.9356 and Open Year Round for Landscape Trees. October-December, 9:00am-Dark. I-75 to Hudson Bridge Exit. Go East on Hudson Bridge to Hwy 155 and turn left and farm is 4 miles on the left. Use your smartphone or tablet to scan this QR code for recipes featuring the farm-fresh products found on these pages!

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