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Contents Spring/Summer 2014 • Vol. 19, No. 1

GFB member stars in Farmland

We, the Farmers .......................................... 2 Timber News............................................... 14 Legislative Update....................................... 16 Member Services Update .......................... 20 Kids Corner................................................. 26

Photo by Don Holtz

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Something’s Cooking.................................. 28 Insurance Update ....................................... 31 Georgia Happenings................................... 32 You may read the Georgia Neighbors in its entirety online. If you would like to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the Neighbors please send an email to georgianeighbors@ gfb.org. Please provide your name as it appears on your Farm Bureau membership card along with your membership number. When we publish the 2014 fall issue we’ll email you a link to our website.

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Leighton Cooley is among six farmers featured in the documentary “Farmland,” released nationally on May 1. Read more about Cooley’s experience and this film that tells farmers’ story.

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Georgia beekeepers deliver summer hits

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Three Georgia beekeepers share how they got into their line of work and what goes into caring for their bees to allow for crucial pollination of crops and production of delicious honey.

Celebrating 100 years of Extension

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System. UGA Extension makes life better for many Georgians through numerous community programs designed to improve nutrition and health.

GFB celebrates 4-H & FFA champions

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GFB recently awarded $15,500 in prize money to eight grand champions from state 4-H and FFA livestock shows.

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Walter Reeves shares his tips for pruning azaleas, dividing daylilies and growing tomatoes.

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(Photo by Yvette Hood) Franklin County Farm Bureau member Yvette Hood entered this photo in GFB’s 2012 photo contest. Hood shot the photo after working in her garden one afternoon. “I moved to my grandmother’s homeplace 10 years ago after her passing,” Hood said. “Gardening was her passion, and I guess I have followed in her footsteps.” We thought this photo captures much of the fresh produce Georgians enjoy every summer. This issue features the complete list of GFB’s Certified Farm Markets. Check out the section with recipes and a state map beginning on page 34.

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Zippy Duvall, President

We are all Family

After one of the coldest winters we’ve seen in years, I can’t wait for summer and all the opportunities we have to come together with family and extended family to enjoy good food. That fresh-fromthe garden corn and those homegrown tomatoes pictured on our cover can’t get here fast enough for me. If you don’t grow a garden but want local produce, I encourage you to visit one of the 92 farm markets enrolled in Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Market program. GFB started this program in 1985 as a way to help farmers who sell the food they grow directly to consumers. I’m proud of the variety of Georgia Grown products these markets offer and hope you’ll visit one soon. No matter where you live in Georgia, one of our markets is within driving distance of you. Some markets pick for you and some let you pick your own produce. Spending a day picking fruits or vegetables is a great way to make memories with your family. Another way your family can learn more about agriculture is by watching the documentary “Farmland” that premiered nationally on May 1. Produced by Oscarwinning director James Moll, “Farmland” follows six young farmers, including Georgia Farm Bureau member Leighton Cooley, through much of 2013, showing what their daily life is like as they raise livestock, row crops and vegetables and the challenges they face as they take over their family farms or start from scratch. If you’ve never had the chance to visit a farm, this movie gives you a front-row seat to watch a flock of chickens grow from chicks, to see what a farm family goes through trying to grow a crop when weather isn’t ideal and the chance to watch vegetables being on both a small and large scale. I’d like to thank Leighton and his family for opening their farm to a Hollywood

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director and his film crew so that America can gain a better understanding of what farming is like. By the end of “Farmland,” you’ll know six of the 2.1 million farmers growing your food across America very well, and I think you’ll like what you see. The movie had limited showings in Atlanta and Macon in early May, but look for it to be available through a video-ondemand provider later this summer. Farm Bureau has put a priority on family since our organization was founded in 1937. In recent years, one way we have increased the value of your Farm Bureau membership is by offering member discounts that will save your family money on family vacations. Your Farm Bureau membership entitles you to discounts at seven major tourist attractions and theme parks across Georgia as well as hotel and rental discounts. I wish these discounts had been around when my kids were growing up, but now I can enjoy them with the grandkids. One of Farm Bureau’s original member benefits is offering a voice to Georgia farmers and residents of rural Georgia. We do this by watching legislation on the state and national level that could affect our farms or rural way of life. There’s an issue brewing in Washington that has the potential to negatively impact private property rights of everyone. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a federal rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act from just regulating navigable waters – waters of the United States – to lakes, ponds and even ditches. If this proposed rule is allowed to go into effect, it will weaken private property rights by giving these agencies authority over land-use decisions property owners might want to make that could be perceived as negatively impacting water. The U.S. Constitution gave Congress, not federal agencies, the authority to make laws and it should remain that way. Visit http://ditchtherule.fb.org to learn more or See WE, THE FARMERS page 29

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SUBSCRIPTION RATES Farm Bureau Members: Included in dues — $1 per year OFFICERS VINCENT “Zippy” DUVALL, President GERALD LONG, 1st Vice President and South Georgia Vice President BERNARD SIMS, North Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN JR., Middle Georgia Vice President WAYNE DANIEL, Treasurer/ Corporate Secretary DUKE GROOVER, General Counsel DIRECTORS FIRST DISTRICT: Bill Bryan, Chattooga; Henry J. West, Rydal SECOND DISTRICT: Bobby Gunter Dahlonega; Randy Ruff, Elberton THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Skeetter McCorkle, McDuffie; Marvin Ruark, Bishop FIFTH DISTRICT: Ralph Adamson Jr., Barnesville; Jim Ham, Smarr 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, Elmodel; Paul Shirah, Camilla TENTH DISTRICT: Daniel Johnson, Alma; David Lee, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: Matthew London, Cleveland WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Elaine Avery, Dexter INFORMATION STAFF Andy Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Jennifer Whittaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Jay Stone . . . . . . Publication/Web Specialist Lillian Davis . . . . . . Publications Manager Ray D’Alessio . . . Senior Producer/TV Host Michael Edmondson . Web/Video Manager Mark Wildman . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Dean Wood . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Damon Jones . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Kenny Burgamy . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Vickie Amos . . . . . . . . Office Coordinator ADVERTISING POLICY Georgia Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. Advertisers must assume liability for content of their advertising. Publisher maintains right to cancel advertising for non-payment or reader complaint about advertiser service or products. Publisher does not accept perorder, political or alcoholic beverage ads, nor does publisher prescreen or guarantee advertiser service or products. Publisher assumes no liability for products or services advertised in Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors. For advertising rates and information, contact Linda Fuda at 513-307-7949 or lfudamedia@gmail.com. Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors was established in 1995. Copyright 2014 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA. www.gfb.org

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Crawford County’s Cooley takes his star turn in “Farmland” By Jay Stone ___________________________________

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rawford County Farm Bureau President Leighton Cooley is among six farmers featured in the documentary “Farmland,” released nationally on May 1. The film, which includes multiple members of the Cooley family, brought Oscar-winning director James Moll to the Cooleys’ poultry farm in Roberta, and it took Cooley on a cross-country odyssey of film premieres. “It is not every day that we get film crews coming to our farm,” Cooley said during a Q&A following a private screening Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) hosted at Macon’s Douglass Theatre on April 7. “It’s just been an incredible opportunity. You never know

what the Lord is going to bring your way.” “Farmland” offers farmers’ perspectives on what farming is and their responses to criticisms of modern agriculture. “In ‘Farmland,’ audiences will hear thoughts and opinions about agriculture, but not from me and not from a narrator,” Moll said in a press release. “They’re from the mouths of the farmers and ranchers themselves.” Cooley is a fourth-generation farmer who farms with his father, Larry, raising broilers (chickens grown for meat), beef cattle and hay. In addition to Cooley, the film features California vegetable farmer Sutton Morgan, Minnesota hog farmer Ryan Veldhuizen, Nebraska corn and soybean farmer

Pictured from left, Crawford County Farm Bureau President Leighton Cooley, wife Brenda, sons Lane and Lawson and his parents Larry and Terri are among six farm families featured in the documentary “Farmland.” They attended a private screening GFB hosted in April.

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David Loberg, Pennsylvania vegetable farmer Margaret Schlass and Texas cattle rancher Brad Bellah. Moll made multiple visits to each farm, offering a glimpse of the challenges and benefits of farm life, as well as revealing who the farmers are as people. “I love the film. I love the way James put it together,” said Cooley. “I believe it’s going to create a lot of opportunities for dialogue. I hope that when people buy steak at the grocery store, they think of Brad, and when they buy chicken they think of me.” “Farmland” had its New York premiere on April 17 during the Tribeca Film Festival, and competed at the Cleveland International Film Festival in late March, the Atlanta Film Festival on April 6, the Nashville Film Festival on April 19 and the Newport Beach Film Festival April 24-May 1. Cooley attended showings in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Ind., Atlanta and Macon, Ga. and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “Our hope is that for the American public, ‘Farmland’ will truly put a face with their food and help them understand these families really care about their animals and really care about the land,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall, who introduced the film at the Macon screening attended by Middle Georgia community leaders. Cooley was asked during the Q&A in Macon if he could see a future in reality television after the film experience. “I never want to eat my own words. You certainly never know what the Lord’s got in store next, but right now I really like farming,” he said. “I really enjoyed the chance to work with this documentary, but as of right now I really enjoy farming and I want to keep doing it.” Moll’s Allentown Productions produced “Farmland” with generous support from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), of which Georgia Farm See FARMLAND page 33 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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The accidental apiarist

It’s a cool, windy day in Turner County. In the spring, when plants are cranking up production of nectar and pollen, this is not ideal, according to Alan Odom of Odom Apiaries. Odom wants the bees flying. Wind and cool temperatures tend to keep them in the hives. Still, Alan and his wife Mary Jacque are keeping busy. Butts County beekeepers Jimmy Brown and Sterling White have come down to buy a package of bees and several five-gallon buckets of the Odoms’

honey. Alan pulls a frame from a hive to let Brown see what he’s buying. The queen has a red mark on her back, which Odom put there to make her easy to find, and there are plenty of signs of a healthy hive. The queen is laying eggs and there are capped cells containing larvae of both worker (infertile female) bees and drones (males). The hive lives up to all the bee clichés – it’s abuzz with activity. Alan Odom got into beekeeping in the early 1990s. His father James would let beekeepers from northern states winter their bees on the family’s farm near the border of Wilcox and Turner counties, and he would go to the bee yards and help. About that time, South Georgia watermelon farmers expanded their cultivation of seedless watermelons, which are produced by limiting the number of pollen-producing male plants. With fewer male plants in the fields to pollinate the female plants, farmers turned to bees to increase the odds of pollination, which allows the fruit on female blossoms to grow to maturity. “I just started learning a few things and slowly got to having a few hives and the farmers around here needed them for pollination,” Alan said. “So I got up about 20 boxes that first year and got some bees and took them out to the fields. I got paid for it and from then on I was hooked. I didn’t really choose beekeeping as a career. Beekeeping chose me.” While the Odoms provide vital pollination services for area farmers, they also run a Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market, selling the tupelo and wildflower honey their 1,500 hives of bees produce, as well as beeswax and candles

To see a video about Odom Apiaries, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESkwwMZeØpg

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Pictured from right, Alan Odom of Odom Apiaries shows a frame of bees to customers and fellow beekeepers Sterling White and Jimmy Brown.

Worker beess tend to larvae and pupae at Ross Berry Farm and Apiaries. The pupae are in capped cells. The larvae, which bear a resemblance to tiny orange slices, can be seen in the open cells.

made by Mary Jacque. “When I first started working with bees I was scared to death,” Mary Jacque said. “Once I came to understand them and what they do, I realized they’re like the rest of us. They’re just here living and working and producing something that humans love.” The Odoms, needing the year-round cash flow that the honey provides, want to maximize the honey production while trying to keep their pollination customers happy. “It depends on what they need when they call me and whether I can supply them,” Alan said. “Our biggest thing is just keeping our numbers of bees up.”

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B.J. Weeks pulls out a frame of bees and frowns. “We’ve got a problem here,” he said, never taking his eyes off the frame, which is covered with cells but few bees. “We have a couple of pupa drones, no eggs, no larvae and no queens.” Weeks, who has been keeping bees since his boyhood days growing up on his family’s Iowa farm, follows the clues to decipher what went wrong with the hive in this brood box, one of about 60 in a bee yard temporarily situated in a non-public area of Dauset Trails Nature Center in Butts County. See BEEKEEPERS page 24 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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For 100 years, UGA Extension has been serving Georgia’s communities by offering classes that teach Georgians about the research conducted at Georgia’s land-grant university, such as this honeybee class offered in the 1950s.

Celebrating 100 years of Extension Chances are good the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has positively impacted your life; you just don’t realize it. Staff at the restaurant where you grabbed lunch may have received food safety training through UGA Extension’s ServSafe® program, or your children may play ball on turf developed by Extension researchers that is maintained using recommendations Extension agents provided. UGA Extension is a county, state and federally funded organization staffed by specialists with the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS). There are 106 state Extension specialists who teach and/or do research on agricultural, environmental and family consumer issues at UGA campuses across Georgia, and 177 county agents work to help the residents of communities across Georgia apply those research results to their lives. An additional 103 4-H agents in communities across the state work with Georgia’s youth. “The mission of Extension is to take the research produced by land-grant universities to the citizens of the state and translate that into information they can use to solve real-world, everyday problems,” explained CAES Associate Dean of Extension Dr. Beverly Sparks. “It’s all about taking the research to the people who need it.” Nationwide, Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year to mark the signing of the federal SmithLever Act, which established and funded America’s system of state Extension programs. U.S. Sen. Hoke Smith of Georgia 8

and Rep. Ashbury Lever of South Carolina authored the legislation that President Woodrow Wilson signed into law on May 8, 1914. The first seeds of Extension were planted in the early 1900s. On the national level, Seamen A. Knapp, the first agent and director of Cooperative Extension for USDA, worked to establish a network to help farmers improve their yields. In 1907 Knapp hired Samuel M. Cown to be a county agent in Carroll County. Cown was Georgia’s first county agent and the second in the U.S. In 1908 UGA’s College of Agriculture filled train cars with livestock and exhibits of the latest farm machinery and production

practices and sent its “College on Wheels” on a tour across Georgia. College faculty delivered speeches to local farmers as the train visited 150 towns. Meanwhile, the forerunner of 4-H – a corn club for boys – was founded in Newton County in 1904. In 1906 a canning and garden club for girls began in Hancock County. In 1909 Knapp hired the first state and local agents to work with youth promoting modern farm practices. “There’s still a tremendous need for Extension,” Sparks said. “Extension has survived because of our grassroots connection to the people allows us to identify the problems they need solved.”

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Fulton County Extension works with its Master Gardeners to teach residents how to grow vegetables in a community garden.

Fulton County Extension Coordinator Menia Chester and her staff are helping Atlanta residents eat healthy to fight chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Since 2011 the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market has been driving into neighborhoods in central and south Fulton County during the summer to offer nutrition classes that teach how diet impacts chronic diseases and demonstrate how to cook vegetables in a healthy, tasty way. The program, funded by Fulton County and the Arthur Blank Foundation, targets neighborhoods with no access to stores that sell fresh vegetables, so class participants receive a bag of fresh vegetables. “These programs are wonderfully received,” Chester said. “The residents love it because they’re learning how to manage chronic diseases and to eat healthy.” See EXTENSION page 18 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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ince 1991, Walter Reeves has been sharing his gardening expertise with north Georgia residents through his weekly call-in radio show on Atlanta’s WSB. Every Saturday morning from 6 to 9 a.m. on 750 AM and 95.5 FM Reeves delivers practical advice in his signature down-home style that’s earned him the nickname “The Georgia Gardener.” Reeves also writes a

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weekly garden column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has co-authored four books on gardening. Folks living outside of metroAtlanta may remember Reeves from the former TV shows “Your Southern Garden” and “Gardening in Georgia” that aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting or the DIY Network’s former “Garden Sense.” Reeves learned much of his gardening knowledge growing up on his family’s farm in Fayette County, where he and his younger siblings were expected to help care for the cows and chickens and help with the family garden. His father, Frank, was a Farm Bureau insurance agent in Fayette County, and his mother, Frances, was the county Farm Bureau office manager. “I remember folding the monthly newsletter for my mother, and Farm Bureau always had a big membership barbecue that was my favorite time of the year,” Reeves recalled. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in chemistry, Reeves, who had been an active 4-Her growing up, began working as a 4-H agent at the Clayton County Extension office. His co-workers soon realized he had a knack for answering people’s gardening questions, and his job responsibilities shifted from working with 4-H-ers to horticulture. In the mid 1980s he was recommended to do a gardening show for WGST radio in Atlanta that led to his current gig. He started gardening more and experimenting with plants when he started hosting the first show. “I had a real curious mind about why plants behaved the way they did and why insects were problems for certain plants,” Reeves said.

After working as an Extension agent for 28 years, Reeves retired and now works fulltime as a gardening expert. He is still experimenting using his acre lot as a garden lab to help answer his listeners’ questions about their lawns and gardens. “I love the experimentation to see how plants respond to stress because that’s the focus of the radio show. I need to have problems to study. I don’t need to have a perfect garden. I need to have one I can learn from.” One of his most recent experiments was planting daffodil bulbs upside down to see if this impacted their blooms compared to bulbs planted right side up. “They just bloomed this spring, and there was not difference at all.” Reeves says gardeners shouldn’t fear failure. “If you’re not killing plants you’re not growing as a gardener. You have to expect some plants are going to survive and some are going to die,” Reeves says. Visit Reeves’ website http://www. thegeorgiagardener.com for answers to your gardening questions or call your local Extension Service office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. For Walter’s gardening tips, turn to page 22. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, far right, congratulates the grand champions of the 2013 Georgia 4-H/FFA Market Goat and Lamb Show and the 2014 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. Accepting commemorative belt buckles during a dinner GFB held in their honor March 28 are, from left, Jacie Babb, Bo Bailey, Chase Roberts, Abbi Rainwater, Ben Porter, Chanleigh Underwood, Mason Sims and Lakyn Davis.

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rand champion winners from Georgia Junior National livestock shows in October 2013 and February 2014 were treated to a prime rib dinner and then received new belt buckles during the GFB Evening of Grand Champions on March 28 at the GFB home office in Macon. GFB, which sponsors the grand prizes, presented the winners with their checks and commemorative belt buckles. Their parents and FFA or 4-H advisers were each given a copy of John C. Maxwell’s book, “Leadership.” GFB President Zippy Duvall encouraged the grand champions to embrace their roles as leaders of their peers, highlighting key aspects of leadership. “If you take your passion for what you believe to make things happen in your life and your community, you will make a difference. And when you do that, you not only will be successful, but you’ll be happy,” Duvall said. Two winners were recognized from the 4-H/FFA Market Goat & Lamb Show held last October at the Georgia National 12

Fairgrounds & Agricenter. Pickens County 4-Her Mason Sims won the Grand Champion Market Lamb Award of $1,000. Worth County FFA member Chase Roberts won the Grand Champion Market Goat Wether Award of $1,500. Six winners were honored from the 2014 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show held February at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. Decatur County 4-Her Bo Bailey won the Grand Champion Market Steer Award of $5,000. Colquitt County FFA member Lakyn Davis won the Grand Champion Breeding Heifer Award of $2,500. Morgan County 4-Her Ben Porter won the Grand Champion Breeding Ewe Award of $1,000. Houston County 4-Her Abbi Rainwater won the Grand Champion Market Barrow Award of $1,500. Jeff Davis County 4-Her Chanleigh Underwood won the Grand Champion Market Gilt Award of $1,500. Houston County FFA member Jacie Babb won the Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer Award of $1,500. GFB Young Farmer Chairman Matthew London welcomed the grand champions, their families and their advisers.

The event also included remarks from Georgia 4-H Leader Arch Smith, Georgia Agricultural Education Program Manager Chip Bridges and UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle. “I want to say to those of you that put in the effort, that put in the work, the dayto-day work, you’re being rewarded for that tonight,” Bridges said. Smith lauded the parents and advisers for their commitment to helping the livestock competitors succeed and discussed lessons learned through the pursuit of excellence. “You are the heroes of the world today. So many young people don’t have this opportunity to learn responsibility the way these young people who show livestock are learning it,” Smith said. Bridges and Smith presented Duvall with a framed collection of pictures of the grand champions, which were hung on the GFB wall of champions at the GFB home office. They also presented a gift to Ginger Huff, who is retiring in May after working as secretary to Duvall and former GFB President Wayne Dollar since 1995. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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An annual outdoor burn ban is in place for 54 counties in the north half of Georgia until Sept. 30, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission. The restrictions are required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to minimize high ozone levels. Health experts say elevated ozone and particulate matter may contribute to breathing issues, watery eyes, lung and heart disease. “The summer ban on burning yard and land clearing debris will be in effect from May 1 until September 30,” Georgia Forestry Commission Chief of Protection Frank Sorrells said. “That’s when the air is typically hot and stagnant and particulate matter may influence air quality in Georgia’s most populated areas.”

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Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton. “Georgians can still enjoy their campfires and backyard barbecues this summer, but vigilance is always needed any time fires are lit outdoors.” Sorrells said. Residents of counties not included in the burn ban must secure a burn permit from the Forestry Commission before conducting any outside burns. Permits may be requested online at http://www.gatrees.org or by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN.

Since January, four deaths across Georgia have been attributed to injuries sustained from outdoor burns that got out-of-control, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) reports. There were five Georgia deaths attributed to outdoor burns in 2010, eight in 2011, one in 2012 and four in 2013, according to the GFC. “The Georgia Forestry Commission is concerned about the increasing number of people who have lost their lives in connection with debris or prescribed burning over the past few years,” said Brian Clavier, GFC Chief of Law Enforcement. “Sadly, these fatalities were mostly males over the age of 55. Vigilance is needed to get a handle on this disturbing trend.”

Escaped debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Georgia, accounting for more than half of the wildfires in the state, Clavier says. The first step for a safe burn is to obtain a burn permit online at http://www. gatrees.org or by calling 1-877-OK2BURN. All debris burning requires a burn permit, Clavier said, with the exception of agricultural fields or pastures, which require landowners to notify the GFC. Burns are not advised during prolonged periods of drought or on dry, windy days. Another important safety measure is clearing a firebreak of at least 25 feet around the burn area before lighting the fire. Other safety tips include not wearing

combustible clothing when burning such as polyester or nylon and having necessary tools on hand to contain escaped flames. A shovel and water hose are essential, as is a telephone to call 911 before an emergency escalates. “Never be embarrassed to call for help,” said Clavier. “Emergency responders can render assistance in short order when a fire is still somewhat contained, but flames move fast. It’s truly better to ask for assistance and stay safe than risk injury or your life trying to battle an escaped fire alone. Fighting a wildfire is extremely dangerous and exhaustive, even for highly trained personnel,” Clavier said.

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Jon Huffmaster

Farm Bureau is a strong advocate for private property rights. Our entire economy is based on property that is privately owned and managed. Any erosion of these rights weakens all other rights guaranteed to individuals by the U.S. Constitution. On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that expands federal authority to regulate virtually all waters in the United States. Private property rights will be infringed if this proposed rule is allowed to stand. The proposed rule is called “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” It would eventually result in landowners being denied full use of their property and would require them to obtain federal permits before making changes to their land. Farm Bureau urges withdrawal of the proposed rule and calls on Congress to protect private property rights by reining in the federal agencies involved. How Did We Get to This Point? On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River, in Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire. The event was national news and spurred Congress to pass the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. The U.S. Constitution gives the federal government the authority to regulate interstate commerce and trade. Therefore, to be constitutional, the CWA was restricted to “navigable waters.” According to law, navigable waters are considered “waters of the United States.” From the beginning, federal agencies have pushed to expand the limits of that authority. In a 1985 case, U.S. v. Riverside Bayview Homes, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that wetlands located adjacent to navigable waters were subject to federal regulation. Justice Byron White wrote that because the property in question “actually abuts on a navigable waterway,” a permit was required. In 2001, the Court considered Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANNC) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this case, the Corps attempted to clarify its authority to regulate potholes and 16

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ditches from an abandoned gravel pit mine even though the water in question had no connection to any navigable water. The Corps justified its regulation because migratory birds, which crossed state lines, might use the area as habitat. Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that to give the Corps authority in this case would be to rule their jurisdiction “extends to ponds that are NOT adjacent to open water…we conclude the text of the statute will not allow this.” The SWANNC decision was important because it upheld a limit to federal regulatory authority. In 2006, the Supreme Court decided Rapanos v. United States and reaffirmed the limits to federal regulatory authority. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion, but Justice Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion has received the most attention. Kennedy wrote that “absent a significant nexus, jurisdiction under the Act is lacking.” In other words, unless there is some important connection between the water in question and navigable water, the federal government has no regulatory jurisdiction. Since that time, federal agencies have been working to expand their CWA regulatory authority by demonstrating that “significant nexus” is present. The proposed rule’s preamble harkens to this by stating it “meets the ‘significant nexus’ standard articulated by Justice Kennedy in Rapanos.” What Does This Proposed Rule Do? EPA and the Corps contend these past Supreme Court cases have confused people.

According to the proposed rule’s preamble, “This proposal would…increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of ‘waters of the United States’ protected by the Act.” There is no doubt this rule will increase clarity regarding federal regulatory authority. If the rule is finalized, virtually all waters will be defined as “waters of the United States” and will be subject to federal jurisdiction, but that is not the kind of clarity landowners are seeking. According to the rule’s preamble, “The agencies propose that all waters that meet the proposed definition of tributary are ‘waters of the United States’ because they meet Justice Kennedy’s test for jurisdiction under ‘Rapanos.’ In other words, the agencies are asserting that all tributaries have a significant nexus with traditional navigable waters…” Tributaries are also defined in broad terms in the rule: “wetlands, lakes, and ponds are tributaries…The flow in the tributary may be ephemeral, intermittent, or perennial.” An area that has only temporary water flow during a heavy rain can be classified as an ephemeral tributary, subject to federal regulation. The agencies do not believe the amount, frequency or duration of flow should limit the definition of a tributary. The Supreme Court has ruled that federal authority is limited. When Congress passed the CWA, the word “navigable” was included to limit federal authority. Over the last dozen years, there have been numerous legislative attempts to strike the word “navigable” from the law, but there was little support for it. This proposal is an effort to go around Congress and the Supreme Court to expand federal jurisdiction. Farm Bureau opposes this effort. July 21 is the deadline to submit comments to the EPA/Corp of Engineers regarding the proposed rule. For more information or to submit comments visit http://ditchtherule.fb.org. Jon Huffmaster is director of the GFB Legislative Department. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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Extension helps farmers feed us Seminole County Extension Coordinator Rome Ethredge has been helping Georgia farmers grow their crops and livestock for more than 25 years. Field corn, peanuts, cotton, wheat, snap beans and soybeans are the main row crops in his county. But, like all county Extension offices, the Seminole County office answers lawn and garden questions along with family and consumer science questions. “We have all kinds of issues we help folks with, from armadillos to zucchini. I enjoy all of the insect, snake, weed and plant disease identification that we do,” Ethredge said. “The primary issues we work on are ag profitability, youth development through our 4-H project work and judging teams and family and consumer issues such as diabetes and food safety.” Living in the community that he serves

lets his neighbors come straight to him with their questions. “I answered several ag questions at church between Sunday School and the morning service,” Ethredge said. “One farmer asked me what to kill weeds with in his corn field. Being a county agent is a lifestyle.”

4-H Extension develops Ga. youth Each year more than 184,000 students participate in Georgia 4-H programs. Only three percent of the kids enrolled in 4-H today live on farms, State 4-H Leader and Director Arch Smith said. “All 4-Hers, whether they live on farms or in metropolitan areas, are learning life skills that will help them become productive citizens of our state,” Smith explained. Georgia youth can explore their interest in just about any topic imaginable through the Project Achievement program where they prepare a short speech and deliver it to audiences. 4-H also offers kids with performing arts talents the chance to audition for Clovers & Company, which has been entertaining audiences since 1981. 4-H still offers livestock competitions and the chance to compete in livestock judging competitions, which attract both farm and city kids. 4-H camp is perhaps the program’s most popular event. Georgia’s first 4-H camp opened in Athens in 1924 followed by Camp Wahsega in 1943 and the Tybee 4-H Center in 1947. But 4-H camp really took off after the Rock Eagle Center opened in 1955. Dr. Bill Sutton, then Georgia 4-H leader, assigned Harold Darden and Martha Harrison Jones the task of developing a uniform camp program that all counties visiting the camp would use. “The University’s mission is to disseminate information to the people, so we realized we had to have an education component to the camp,” Darden recalled. State Extension specialists trained the college students serving as counselors on subjects such as livestock, home economics and nature. Darden and Jones prepared the

An exhibit, “100 Years of Extension: The Legacy of the Smith-Lever Act in Georgia,” will be on display at the Richard B. Russell Library on UGA’s Athens Campus through June 30. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MondayFriday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 706-542-9724 for more information. Visit http://100years.extension.uga.edu to learn more about Extension’s history.

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EXTENSION from page 8 Chester said she and her staff also coordinate three community gardens located at county government centers. “We utilize our master gardener’s program to educate the public about growing gardens in raised beds,” Chester said. “People love growing their own food and eating fresh food.” Walk Georgia is a free, statewide exercise program UGA Extension has offered since 2008 to help Georgians increase their physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way. “We wanted to create something to address the obesity issue in Georgia and to encourage people who aren’t physically active to develop habits of regular physical activity,” explained Bibb County Extension Coordinator Jan Baggarly, who chairs the Walk Georgia Committee. From spring of 2008 through fall of 2013, 24,817 Georgians have participated in the program and walked the equivalent of 4,048,300 miles. The online component of the program provides an activity log to track participants’ weekly activity.

Nekeisha Randall is one of the many Georgians who have benefited from Extension’s 4-H program. She served as president of Georgia 4-H from 2003-2004 and today works at UGA as residence director of Reed Hall.

counselors to work with the 4-Hers. “We were trying to teach the 4-Hers the art of getting along and the give and take of community life,” Darden said. “We were trying to teach them public speaking, manners and how to have patience.” Camp class subjects have changed, but Smith says the concepts and ideas that Darden and Jones developed in the 1950s are still used today. And 4-H camp is still drawing kids to the program. Fort Valley native Nekeisha Randall attended 4-H Camp for five years – at Rock Eagle, Jekyll Island and Wahsega – after being introduced to 4-H through Fort Valley State University’s 4-H Sprouts Camp. “4-H has an outlet for whatever you’re interested in – performing arts, engineering, math or science,” Randall said. She went on to serve as state 4-H president in 2003-2004 and as a 4-H camp counselor for three years. “As a camper, I enjoyed a week of fun,” Randall said. “As a counselor, I learned that camp might be their first time outside of the city or a relief from a bad home life.” Now Randall works for UGA as residence hall director of Reed Hall. Current state 4-H President Oakley Perry is also a testament of how Extension has benefited Georgia’s youth. Bullied as a kid throughout elementary and middle school, Perry credits 4-H with getting him through this tough time. “4-H taught me there is no such thing as a normal person, but we’re all just different individuals with different talents and gifts,” Perry said. After he graduates from Jeff Davis High School this spring, Perry’s long-term goal is to become a 4-H agent. “It’s remarkable and it’s humbling to be part of an organization that’s withstood the test of time for a 100 years,” Perry said. “I want to be part of the next 100 years.” Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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Cut your vacation costs with GFB member discounts Summer is right around the corner and now is the time to think about your family vacation plans. If you’re like me, you’re looking for any discounts you can find to make your excursion more affordable. Well, you’re in luck! Through your Farm Bureau membership, you can save on just about every aspect of your trip. Let me show you how. Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has partnered with many of the popular vacation destinations within Georgia and throughout the Southeast to provide our members with significant savings on admission. For example, at Six Flags Over Georgia and its new Hurricane Harbor water park, GFB members pay $35.99 (plus tax) for a one-day ticket, which is a savings of $24 from the normal gate price of $59.99. That almost covers the cost of your annual GFB membership on one ticket! Admission discounts are also available at Six Flags White Water, Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park, Zoo

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your trek more comfortable by renting a van or SUV. As a Farm Bureau member, you can save 5 percent at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, up to 15 percent at National & Alamo Rent-ACar, and up to 20 percent at Hertz. As you can see, Farm Bureau membership is valuable! When booking your summer vacation, take advantage of the many discounts available to you as a member. Spending quality time with family is one of our most prized commodities, and GFB is proud to help make that possible! Visit our website at http://www.gfb.org to take advantage of these discounts by using your member-only discount code on the back of your GFB membership card or available from your county Farm Bureau office. Jay Murdock is director of the GFB Member Services Department.

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We’re sharing tips Walter Reeves gave us for pruning azaleas, dividing daylilies and growing tomatoes. To see videos of Walter talking about these topics visit http://www. youtube.com/user/GeorgiaFarmMonitor. “There are many reasons to prune an azalea,” Reeves says. “Maybe it’s too big. Maybe it’s not very healthy.” 1) Timing is important. Prune azaleas after they bloom in the spring up until the first or second week in June. With the newer varieties of azaleas that bloom multiple times a year, still prune after their first spring bloom of the year. 2) Prune by hand. Don’t use electric or gas hedge trimmers. “If you use a machine you get this solid red or pink meatball in your landscape when it blooms next spring, and that’s not what you want. That’s not how an azalea looks in nature,” Reeves says. 3) Prune dead limbs & tall sprouts. The first thing to take out is any dead wood. You want an azalea that is about the height of your chest, so look around the plant for tall sprouts that are sticking up and make a

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Reeves offers these pointers to grow healthy tomatoes. 1) Fertilize. Use a slow release granular fertilizer. Mix amount recommended by container directions into soil around plant going out as far as 14 to 16 inches from the plant. 2) Mulch. You can use newspaper or bark chips. Mulching prevents diseases by keeping fungi or bacteria in soil from splashing up onto the leaves when you water the plants. 3) Water. A big plant can take up to a couple of quarts of water every day in dry weather. Be sure the plant doesn’t dry out. 4) Prevent blossom end rot. You have a juicy red tomato on your vine but the bottom side of it is rotten. This is caused by a lack of calcium in the plant when the tomato is the size of a marble. Apply about a tablespoon of gypsum powder or calcium sulfate to the soil around the plant. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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BEEKEEPERS from page 6 Weeks lives in Cherokee County and raises Italian honeybees for their honey in bee yards scattered around the state. Since bees have a consistent reproductive cycle (16 days for queens from laid egg to hatching, 21 days for worker bees, 25 days for drones) based on the presence of various factors in the hive, he can narrow down what the problem is and when it occurred. Weeks pulls out the frames one at a time, surveying populations and looking for disease and signs of pests, including the scourge of beekeeping, the varroa mite, which many in the beekeeping community blame for massive declines in bee populations in recent years. In hives where the bees appear to have difficulty feeding themselves, he introduces some sugar water to help them along. For those affected by foul brood disease, he provides medicine. The mites, thankfully, are scarce. It’s vigorous work, involving constant lifting. The boxes can weigh between 50 and 100 pounds. Despite the physicality of beekeeping, Weeks says the focus it requires provides a relaxing escape. The worker bees take care of everything in the hive, from cell construction to feeding of larvae to defense. Their final task before the end of their six-week life cycle is to go out and collect pollen and nectar. Weeks uses the early spring weeks to increase the hives’ population. Except the queens, most of the bees die over the winter because of scarcity of food. “It’s all about anticipating,” said Weeks, who sells his honey to various retail outlets.

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“The farmer planting wheat, he doesn’t just get up one day and say, ‘We need to plant wheat today.’ It’s been in the plan since the previous year. Beekeeping is the same way. You get ahead of the game.”

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Terry Ross removes his black Greek fisherman’s hat before strolling out to his modest bee yard, noting that dark colors draw the ire of honeybees, increasing the likelihood of stings. Ross, who with his wife, Jeannie, operates Ross Berry Farm and Apiaries outside Canton in rural Cherokee County, breeds Russian bees because of their ability to selfmanage varroa mites through communal grooming. This allows him to produce bees, wax and honey without using chemicals to control the mite populations.

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The Rosses have been keeping bees and selling honey, wax and wax-related products and beekeeping supplies for the past 20 years, a key part of their GFB Certified Farm Market. They also grow and sell strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and a handful of vegetables. Terry also builds and sells beekeeping supplies. Jeannie sells specialty candles, raw wax and soap, as well as goat milk soap and other items through the couple’s online store, http://www.queenbeegifts.com. Terry, who grew up in California, didn’t like honey growing up. The only honey available to his family was orange blossom honey, and he didn’t like the taste. After coming to Georgia he discovered sourwood honey, wildflower honey and tupelo honey produced locally and quickly developed a taste for it. “Georgia has some of the best honey, I think, in the world,” Ross said. The Rosses attended a local beekeeping course in the early 1990s and met Weeks, who sold them two boxes of bees. Within a couple of years, they had more than 100 hives and at the peak of their business they produced around 250 pounds of honey in a year. Three years ago Terry began teaching classes on beekeeping. A four-course series, Ross’ classes focus on the development of and care for Russian bees, harvesting honey and long-term apiary planning. “About 50 percent of the people that take it want to do it to help the bees,” Ross said. “I tell them that what’s going to save the bees is not going to be a bunch of commercial beekeepers with 1,000 hives each. It’s going to be thousands of hobbyists with two or three hives each.” Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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By Donna Rocker, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator 478-474-0679, ext. 5365 or dhrocker@gfb.org

Cotton: Still king in Georgia

Cotton is the most widely grown crop in Georgia. Today, the world uses more cotton than any other fiber and cotton is a leading cash crop in the United States. It is part of our daily lives from the towel we use to dry our face in the morning to the sheets we sleep on at night. It is not only the fabric we use every day, but also an ingredient in many food products and non-food products. All parts of the plant are used: fiber from the lint for clothing and other products, oils used in cooking from the seeds, meal and hulls from the seeds for livestock feed, and stalks and leaves of the plant plowed under to enrich the soil. To learn more about cotton, match the words to the description and then find the words in the word search. For additional information or activities, check out these websites. Georgia Cotton Commission http://www.georgiacottoncommission.org

Cotton Campus Lots of great stuff for kids http://www.cottoncampus.org

Cotton’s Journey http://www.cottonsjourney.com

Cotton 101 http://janiceperson.com/cotton-101

Cotton Counts http://www.cotton.org/pubs/cottoncounts/resources.cfm Cotton Coloring Book http://www.cottoncampus.org/Cotton-Coloring-Book-Download/Cotton-Coloring-Book.pdf 1. B  its of cotton bolls and cotton cloth over 7,000 years old were found in this country. 2. A native of Massachusetts working in Savannah, Georgia, this man secured a patent on the cotton gin in 1794. 3. This man from Augusta, Georgia, received a patent in 1796 for an improved

cotton gin using saws instead of wire which resulted in a dramatic increase in cotton production. 4. Cotton was first planted at this location in Savannah, Georgia in 1733. 5. This country grows most of the world’s cotton. The United States ranks third after this country and India.

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GFB supports GHSA programs championships. GFB supports the GHSA football and basketball finals and championship games televised on GPB as well as the “Georgia High School Scoreboard Show,” the “Countdown to Kickoff ” radio show for footu yo thank ia o t y t ball and the GHSA.tv video i org tun oppor rt of the Ge the e h t streaming. e k Zippy, ld like to ta eau’s suppo pecially for ip s r u h After his school won the e o u ns I w gia Farm B on. Thanks ampio got h c e i r t t o AAA Boys State Basketball a a y st nt oci for Ge ol Ass levising the Morgan Cou o s h a c b S Championship in March, te y’s in High ip for unity t for our bo h ’t m s n r m d o l o s Morgan County High School u c en co ole spon l mom people that , ur wh u V f O T r . s e h e d Athletic Director Steve Cisg the rou gam won could y it th le to ree in a r ly jo a n n h e o son sent GFB a note to let us s t to ab to No team.  ame be able game were l l a b t know how much the school ke eg the k. it to th o did go to ot bac helps the g e e k a w appreciated us sponsorh m n of us w in whe orship ives but all nd see it aga eau’s spons nrich the l n ing the televised games. e a ga ur cord it ia Farm B Association we, at Mor ’s We know many schools g y d r l o n o a e o a p es, Sch om n G and their fans share this athlet High our c y t a i n e g e t r d a o i u t c s e Ge r sentiment. That’s why g youn l, app of our High Schoo we support the GHSA. y Count Supporting these youth l rt. Schoo suppo rely, h g i events is our way of givH ty ce n Coun Sin Cisson a g r o ing back to our memve ,M Ste tic Director bers and our commule Ath nities statewide.

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une is a month of celebrations – graduations, Father’s Day and weddings, but did you know it’s also National Dairy Month and Georgia Beef Month? This Sirloin Pita Salad Sandwich is a perfect dish to celebrate the month as it uses beef and dairy ingredients. Visit http://junedairymonth.org or http://BeefitsWhatsForDinner.com to find more beef and dairy recipes to serve at your family celebrations this June.

Dressing Ingredients: 2 (8-oz.) containers fat-free plain yogurt 2 tsps. minced garlic 1 tbsp. minced parsley 1 tbsp. minced chive 1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 4 (4 -inch) whole wheat pita bread rounds, cut in half-moons 2 1/2 cups mixed salad greens (such as arugula, radicchio and baby spinach leaves) 2/3 cup crumbled Blue cheese 1/2 small red onion, sliced and separated into rings 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

Sandwich Ingredients: 1/2 lb. sirloin or rib-eye steak, trimmed

Directions: Spoon yogurt into a medium bowl and

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Yield: 4 servings

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Georgia farmers raise beef cattle in all 159 counties in the state. As of Jan. 1 there were 1 million beef cattle in Georgia according to the Georgia Field Office of the USDA Statistics Service. As of May 1, there were 231 dairy farms in Georgia with about 84,000 dairy cows according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia counties with the most dairy farms are Macon, Putnam, Morgan, Greene, Burke, Jefferson, Brooks and Wilkes.

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stir in garlic, parsley, chive and oregano until well blended; set aside. Rub both sides of steak with salt and pepper. Heat a medium, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak about 6 minutes on each side (for medium) or until desired. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes before cutting into thin slices. Warm pita halves in toaster. Into each pita half, spoon 1/4 of the yogurt dressing, mixed salad greens, Blue cheese, onion, steak and tomato. Spoon additional yogurt dressing over top. Recipe created by 3-A-Day of Dairy

trol, raw milk and foods made from it can pose serious health risks, such as tuberculosis and exposure to listeria and salmonella. Myth: Organic milk is healthier than regular milk. Fact: There is no nutritional difference between organic and regular milk. Both contain the same vitamins and minerals. All milk is tested to the same nutrition and safety standards by the USDA & the Food & Drug Administration. Myth: Broccoli & cauliflower are sources of B12. Fact: Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and B6! Both help maintain brain function and give you energy! A 3-oz. serving of lean beef provides 44% of the daily value of B12 and 22% of the daily value of B6 the USDA recommends an adult consume. Myth: Spinach & kale are the best sources of iron. Fact: Spinach and kale are high in non-heme iron, but our bodies absorb less of this type of iron than the heme iron found in beef. Eating meat with vegetables together will help your body absorb more iron from the vegetables than if you eat the vegetables alone.

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WE, THE FARMERS from page 2 voice your opposition. This year the University of Georgia is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the federal Smith-Lever Act, which created the national network of educators and researchers known as the Cooperative Extension System. You don’t have to be a farmer to reap the benefits of Extension. County agents statewide also help urban residents with home and garden concerns. Perhaps the biggest way Cooperative Extension has benefitted our state is through the 4-H program that offers a wide variety of activities designed to help youth explore potential career paths and develop leadership skills. Cooperative Extension played an important role in the early organization of GFB. As our organization got started in the late 1930s and early 1940s, county Extension offices often kept the county Farm Bureau records, and at times, the Extension secretary served as the county Farm bureau secretary. In appreciation of what Extension did to help our organization get started, I’d like to wish Extension congratulations on turning 100! I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge that our Georgia Farm Bureau family recently lost a member who played a huge role in making our organization what it is today. Bob Nash, who served as GFB president from 1978 to 1988, died on April 25. As GFB president, one of Mr. Nash’s biggest concerns was membership - both improving member services and increasing membership. He was instrumental in building our current state office in Macon, but, more importantly, in developing young people who worked for or volunteered with Farm Bureau who are today serving in key leadership roles across our state. I’ll always be grateful to Bob and his late wife, Betty, for the advice and encouragement they gave me and my wife, Bonnie, as we were starting out as a young farm couple serving on the GFB and AFBF Young Farmer Committees. The Nashes played a crucial leadership role in Georgia’s overall ag community as they worked to support beef producers and 4-H programs. I’d like to thank their family for sharing them with us all those years. When we at Farm Bureau speak of family, we think of all our Farm Bureau members, including you. We are proud to serve you and call you family. In 1 John 1: 1-3, Jesus’ disciple John Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014

talks about how he looked upon the Word of Life and says in verse 3: That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. John witnessed Jesus’ life on earth and he testified to the truth of the miracles of Christ. We, the farmers, can testify to the miracles of life that come about each year as we prepare, plant, work and harvest a crop for God’s people to consume. God’s blessing allows our success. Our faith and trust in him makes the impossible possible. Just as John invites us to fellowship with Christ, as your Farm Bureau president, I invite you to fellowship with your Farm Bureau family and enjoy the miracles of life God makes possible.

Cattlemen approve assessment

Georgia cattle producers approved a $1 per head assessment to support education, research and promotion efforts for beef and beef products in a referendum held March 15 – April 15. Collections for the assessment will run for three years beginning July 1. Seventy-six percent of the ballots submitted were in favor. Assessment funds will be administered by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef. The assessment, which under state law must be put to a reaffirmation vote every three years, will be collected at the time of the first sale. Cattle that sell for less than $100 per head are exempt and order buyers are exempt from paying the assessment on cattle owned for 10 days or less. For more information about the assessment visit http://tinyurl.com/pcuhra9.

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Insurance UPDATE

By Geri Powell

Camden County Farm Bureau members Chad and Dawn McCaskill came close to losing their house to fire last summer when their dishwasher caught on fire, but thanks to their son using a fire extinguisher to put out the fire they were spared this heartbreak. Chad and Dawn had left for work on Aug. 14, when their daughter, Shelby, then 17, noticed a “hot” smell in the house and discovered that the dishwasher, which Dawn had turned on before leaving for work, was on fire. Shelby called upstairs to tell her brother Sven, then 14, they needed to get out of the house and call 911. After calling 911, Sven remembered there was a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink next to the dishwasher, but he couldn’t get to it because it was next to the fire. Sven then recalled the family had other fire extinguishers in their horse barn, ran to get one and put out the fire before the firefighters arrived. Shelby, meanwhile, opened the gate to the farm and stood on the road to flag down the fire trucks when they arrived. “This is a good example of why it’s important to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home and that all family members know how to use them,” said Georgia Farm Bureau Senior Investigator Paul McGahee. GFB does not encourage anyone to put their life at risk to put out a fire as saving lives and preventing injury is the top concern with a fire. GFB does recommend that homeowners have fire extinguishers on hand to put out manageable fires. McGahee recommends that homeowners place fire extinguishers in a highly visible location out of the reach of small children. Extinguishers should not be too close to a potential fire location, such as stoves or trashcans, so that a fire doesn’t prevent the homeowner from being able to reach the extinguisher. Placing extinguishers near an exit allows homeowners to escape the fire safely if the fire can’t be safely extinguished. It turned out that the dishwasher was unGeorgia Neighbors • Spring 2014

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Teenager saves home with fire extinguisher

Pictured from right, Georgia Farm Bureau Senior Investigator Paul McGahee and Camden County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Adam Barnes present GFB member Chad McCaskill and his son, Sven, with a check refunding the McCaskills’ insurance deductible. Sven is credited with saving his family’s home from fire by using a fire extinguisher to put out a kitchen fire.

der recall for fire danger, and Georgia Farm Bureau was able to recover money it paid on the fire claim from the dishwasher manufacturer and was able to refund the McCaskills their insurance deductible. “Sven’s actions not only helped save his

family’s home and contents from greater damage, they also saved key evidence in identifying the model of dishwasher that caused the fire,” McGahee said. Geri Powell is GFB senior manager of claims operations.

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GEORGIA HAPPENINGS The festival opens on June 7 at 5 p.m. at North Peach Park in Byron with a variety of activities that include a concert at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The second weekend of the festival in Fort Valley begins at 9 a.m. around the Peach County Courthouse with arts and crafts and the presentation of the World’s Largest Peach Cobbler at 2 p.m., a concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Visit http://gapeachfestival.com or call 478-825-4002 for more information.

40TH GEORGIA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

June 6 & 7 • Alma Festival activities begin at 1 p.m. on June 6. Activities on June 7 begin at 6:30 a.m. with registration for a 5-K run, followed by a $4 blueberry pancake breakfast, a parade at 9:30 a.m., Civil War reenactments at the local recreation center and a pie eating contest at noon. About 75 vendors are expected to participate in the arts and crafts festival at Goldwasser Park. Event also includes a bass fishing contest and tennis tournament. Visit http://www. georgiablueberyfestival.org for a complete schedule and event locations or call 912310-7399 for more information.

65TH ANNUAL WATERMELON DAYS FESTIVAL

June 28 • Cordele The residents of Crisp County celebrate all things watermelon with events throughout June. The main event on June 28 will include a parade starting at 9 a.m., an arts and crafts show, car and truck show, antique tractor display and live entertainment. June 28th events are held at the Crisp Regional Hospital Park on the corner of 3rd Ave. & 3rd St. Visit http://cordelecrispga.com or call 229-273-1668 for more information.

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Aug. 16 Downtown Brooklet Located between Statesboro and Savannah, the folks in Brooklet “go nuts” every August during their festival that includes a 5K run/walk at 7 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., an arts and crafts show beginning at 10 a.m., live entertainment throughout the day and a street dance beginning at 7 p.m. Visit http://brookletpeanutfestival.com or call 912-481-1742 for more information.

GARLICFEST 2014

Aug. 23 LoganBerry Heritage Farm Cleveland LoganBerry Farm will celebrate its annual garlic harvest with live entertainment, animals, crafts and artisans. Chefs will showcase varieties of garlic from around the world in cooking demos. LoganBerry Farm is located in White County at 2660 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland. Visit http:// www.loganberryheritagefarm.com or call 706-348-6068 for more details.

55th PUTNAM COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL

June 7 • Downtown Eatonton This celebration of Putnam County’s dairy industry features road races beginning at 8 a.m., arts and crafts starting at 9 a.m., recognition of the Dairy Family of the Year and Dairy Festival Queen at 11 a.m., barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and entertainment from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. A parade featuring antique tractors begins at 10 a.m. After the parade, the tractors will be displayed at the Farmers & Merchants Bank. For more information visit http:// www.pceatonton.org or call 706-473-0763.

25TH ANNUAL BROOKLET PEANUT FESTIVAL

CHIEF VANN HOUSE DAYS

July 26 Chief Vann House Historic Site Chatsworth From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tour the home of Cherokee Indian plantation owner James Vann and see demonstrations of 1800s skills such as blacksmithing, soap making, weaving and spinning. Admission is $4-6. Call 706-695-2598 or visit http://gastateparks.org/ChiefVannHouse for more information.

INSPIRED GEORGIA

May 31 – July 24 Arts Clayton, Jonesboro a July 26 – Sept. 11 The Carnegie Library, Dublin a Sept. 13- Oct. 27 Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton Exhibit features 28 pieces from Georgia’s state art collection created by Georgia artists. Visit http://www.gaarts.org or call 404-962-4015 for more information. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2014


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This summer when your kids whine, “I’m bored,” send them to the My American Farm website http://www.myamericanfarm. org to play one of 19 games that will entertain them while introducing them to the amazing world of agriculture. The games will sharpen their geography, math and science skills. This interactive website also offers videos, a comic book and trivia games. Taking a road trip with the family? Make the trip more fun for everyone by loading the free My American Farm app on your tablet from ITunes or Google Play.

Peanut pit stop

Traveling on I-75 this summer to or from Florida? Make plans to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission office in Tifton to see their new 3-D video that shows the stages of peanut production from planting to harvest followed by drying and cleaning the peanuts to send to food companies. There’s no charge to watch the eightminute video shot last year on the farm of Georgia peanut farmer Rodney Dawson. The GPC office is open Mon. thru Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. and is located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. in Tifton, right off of Exit 63B on I-75. Call 229-386-3470 for more information.

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he GFB recipe page http://www. gfb.org/recipes provides the recipes featured in “Meals from the Field,” a monthly cooking segment that airs on GFB’s “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show. GFB produces “Meals From the Field” in partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and its Georgia Grown program. The recipes feature in-season products grown on Georgia farms.  Here are two recipes that are sure to be a hit with your family. Make plans to visit a Certified Farm Market this summer to pickup the ingredients for the Georgia Fruit Salad and the Vidalia Onion Pickles. 

No-Cook Vidalia Onion Pickles Makes 4 to 5 half pint jars of pickles

Place cucumbers and onions in a colander and place over a medium bowl, toss with about 1 tablespoon of coarse salt. Set aside to drain and wilt about 30 minutes, stir frequently. In a small non-reactive bowl, combine sugar, vinegar and celery seed. Stir until sugar dissolves (this takes about 30-45 minutes). Divide cucumber/Vidalia onion mixture between 4 to 5 half-pint jars or airtight containers. Add red pepper evenly in 34

Georgia Fruit Salad Serves 8-10

2 cups sliced Georgia peaches, peeling optional 2 cups Georgia blueberries 2 cups peeled and cubed Georgia watermelon 1 small Georgia cantaloupe, peeled and sliced 2 cups (1 pint) Georgia strawberries, hulled and halved 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed*

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2 lbs. cucumbers peeled & cut 1/2” thick* 2 medium Vidalia onions, sliced & cut in half Coarse salt 2 cups sugar 1 cup white vinegar 1 tsp. celery seed 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

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across Georgia. This listing is also available on our website at http://www.gfb.org/ commodities/cfm. On the website, you can search for a market by geographic location or by commodity. You may use your smartphone or tablet to scan the QR codes on page 35 to visit the search page or to find recipes using Georgia Grown ingredients.  For more information about GFB’s Certified Farm Market program, contact Brandon Ashley at btashley@gfb.org or call 1-800-342-1196.

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If you’re interested in buying food directly from the farmer who grew it, make plans to visit one of the 92 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 page 35, you’ll find a map of GFB’s Certified Farm Markets. Use the corresponding number on the following pages to find a farm market in your community or when you’re traveling

jars. Pour vinegar mixture evenly into jars. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving. These will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. *If you are using Kirby or pickling cucumbers, peeling is optional.

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

10 P BURTON BROOKS ORCHARDS Hwy 76 122 • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.2710 or 2828 May-July, 8:00am-8:00pm I-75N, exit 29, 8 miles west on Hwy 122, at intersection of Hwy 122 and 76.

2 P ADAMS FARMS 1486 Hwy 54 W • Fayetteville, 30214 • 770.461.9395 www.adamsfarmfayettevillega.com Apr-Oct 9:00am-4:00pm, Mon.-Sat. 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

11 PM CAGLE’S FAMILY FARM AND MAZE 362 Stringer Rd • Canton, 30115 • 770.345.5591 www.caglesfamilyfarm.com • fun@caglesfamilyfarm.com 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

3 P ALLEN FARMS 112 Whetsel Road • Twin City, 30471 • 478.494.3587 or 478.299.5158 Middle of May-January 1. Daylight to Dark, MondaySaturday. Closed on Sunday. From Twin City, go out Hwy 23 towards Metter. At the first dirt crossroad, take a left. Look for signs. 4

B & G HONEY FARM 945 Sinkhole Road • Register, 30452 912.852.5124 or 912.515.0294 www.bandghoneyfarm.com bandghoneyfarm@gmail.com 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 BAR C CATTLE AND PRODUCE 2054 Yates Road • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.2287 Facebook-Bar C Cattle and Produce kurtchilders@windstream.net Open Year Round, Produce is seasonal. 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. BERRY GOOD FARMS 930 William Gibbs Road • Tifton, 31793 229.821.0746 or 229.386.8880 www.yourberrygoodfarms.com blackberry@yourberrygoodfarms.net March-July, Monday-Saturday 8:00 am- 8:00 pm. 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.

12 CAGLE FARMHOUSE AND PAPA ALBERT’S MARKET 150 Stringer Road • Canton, 30115 • 404.567.6363 May-Oct., Daylight to Dark everyday. From Hwy 140 turn onto Stringer Road. Go 1 1/4 miles on the left at intersection of Hickory Road. 13 PM CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. 5075 Hawpond Rd • Ashburn, 31714 229.273.1887 or 1860 • www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com March-December. I-75 South Exit 92, Turn left (Hawpond Road) 6 miles on right 14 CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. CRISP CO Cordele State Farmers Market Hwy 41 • North Cordele, 31015 229.273.1892 • www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com June-September, Call for Hours. Located at Cordele Farmers Market on Hwy 41 north 15

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BERRY’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 70 Mt. Tabor Road • Covington, 30014 • 770.786.5833 www.berrystreefarm.com • berrystreefarm@gmail.com By Appointment January-October/ 10:00 am-7:00 pm Nov-Dec I-20 Exit 88 (Almon Road). Go North to Mt. Tabor Road. 30 miles east of Atlanta.

CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. WORTH CO 3649 US Hwy 82 West • Sylvester, 31791 229.273.1887 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com June and July. Call for hours. Hwy 82, 5 miles west of Sylvester

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CHASE FARM MARKET 83 Riverview Lane • Oglethorpe, 31068 478.472.1729 or 7726 eglc@windstream.net 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.

17 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS P.O. Box 217 • Rochelle, 31079 • 229.365-7405 or 229.276.6006 • stantil@windstream.net March-June, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday In the city limits of Rochelle, on Hwy 280 W

8 P B.J. REECE ORCHARDS 9131 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.276.3048 www.reeceorchards.com • reeceorchards@ellijay.com July-Dec. 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

18 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS HWY 300 LOCATION 90 2nd Avenue and Hwy 300 • Cordele, 31015 229.535.3123 • stantil@windstream.net March-May, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. Next to Striplings on Hwy 300

9 BUFORD CORN MAZE 4470 Bennett Road • Buford, 30519 • 678.835.7198 or 770.841.0256 www.bufordcornmaze.com • kendramiller4@hotmail.com Open September thru mid-November. Check website for hours. From Atlanta, take I-85 North to I-985 Exit 8, 1/2 mile East.

19 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.

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20 PM DAISY ADAMS FARM 230 Daisy Adams Road • Cochran, 31014 478.697.3207 www.daisyadamsfarm.com • evans.jed@gmail.com April-July, September-November. Hours listed on website and Facebook; Hours are seasonal. 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. 21 P DAVIS FARM FRESH PRODUCE 560 John Collins Rd • Pelham, 31779 • 229.294.2540 pelham20@yahoo.com Year Round, 7:00am-Dark Daily Hwy 19 in Pelham 22 DEAN FARMS 4193 Vada Road • Climax, 39834 • 229.246.2628 or 229.248.8566 deanfarms.ga97n@yahoo.com May-November, 8:00am-until Hwy 97, 10 miles North of Bainbridge. 23 P DEB-DEB’S STRAWBERRIES 145 County Line Rd. • Jenkinsburg, 30234 770.504-1486, 770.510.8931 deb68deb@gmail.com April-May, 10:00am-7:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00pm6:00pm Sunday. Closed on Monday. I-75 to Bill Gardner Pkwy (Exit 212), go east on Hwy 42, Turn South, go 4 miles to County Line Road on right, go 1.5 miles to farm on the right. 24

DICKEY FARMS 3440 Musella Road • Musella, 31066 478.836.4362 or 800.732.2442 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com Peach Season (May-August): Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm. August-April: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm. Always available online. 6 miles north of Roberta at the intersection of Hwys 341 & 42 in Crawford County

25 DICKEY’S AT THE HILLTOP Corner of Hwys 74 & 341 at the round about • Culloden, 31016 478.836.4362 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com May-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 26 U DOUBLE B FARMS CHRISTMAS TREES 8511 Knoxville Rd • Lizella, 31052 • 478.935.8742 or 478.808.5271 • tobybullington@gmail.com 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. 27 PM ELLIOTT FARMS #1 4761 Holley Road • Lizella, 31052 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms elliottfarmsga@pstel.net 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. 28 ELLIOTT FARMS #2 9515 Feagin Road • Macon, 31216 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms elliottfarmsga@pstel.net Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am6:00pm. Strawberry Season only. South on Hwy. 247. Across from Macon Airport.

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ELLIS BROS. PECANS INC. 1315 Tippettville Rd • Vienna, 31092 229.268.9041 or 800.635.0616 www.werenuts.com • orders@werenuts.com 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

30 PU G.W. LONG FARM 3005 Old Whigham Rd • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.8086 May-Sep Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-Noon 2.5 miles east of Bainbridge on Old Whigham Rd on right side, watch for signs. 31 P GARDEN FRESH, LLC 2417 US 41 North • Fort Valley, 31030 • 478.396.2665 Visit our Facebook Page at Garden Fresh Farm Late May-Mid July. Monday-Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm. Saturday, 7:00am-4:00pm. Take Exit 142 On I-75. Go East on State Rt. 96 to US 41 (1.5 miles). Turn right towards Perry. Go 1.5 miles to farm on the right. 32 P GARDNER FARMS 3192 Hwy 42 • Locust Grove, 30248 • 770.957.4912 www.gardner-farm.com June-August 7:00am-1:00pm Daily, when fresh produce is available. I-75 south to exit 212 (Locust Grove), left off exit ramp. At dead end at Hwy. 42, turn left heading north for 1 mile. Farm stand is on the left. 33

HARDY FARMS PEANUTS 1659 Eastman Hwy • Hawkinsville, 31306 478.783.3044 • www.hardyfarmspeanuts.com info@hardyfarmspeanuts.com August-October, 10:00am-7:00pm. 25 locations throughout GA. See website for directions.

34 P HARRIETT’S BLUFF FARM 762 Pine Drive • Woodbine, 31569 • 229.392.1388 www.harriettsblufffarm.com or www.facebook.com/ HarriettsBluffOrganicBlueberriesFarm gwkrewer@gmail.com 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; 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. 35 P HARVEST MOON MARKET, LLC 3103 Thomasville Road • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.6750 • www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com hrvstmoonmkt@aol.com March-July, September-December. 9:00am-5:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 4 miles East of Bainbridge, GA on Hwy 84

36 P HAYES FARM 4229 New Franklin Church Rd • Canon, 30520 706.356.8831• rlhayes1@windstream.net Call for days open & availability of crops Off I-85 at Lavonia, Hwy 17S, from the traffic light 3.5 miles to Hwy 327 right, 2.2 miles on the right 37 P HILLCREST ORCHARDS 9696 Hwy 52E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3838 www.hillcrestorchards.net • applelan@ellijay.com 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 38 PM HILLSIDE ORCHARD FARMS COUNTRY STORE & FARM 18 Sorghum Mill Dr • Lakemont, 30552 • 706.782.2776 www.hillsideorchard.com • hillside@hillsideorchard.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm. Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. In Jan/Feb closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 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 39 P HORIZON ORCHARDS 390 Melvin Westberry Road • Jesup, 31545 912.270.4676 or 912.586.6737 philwilliams@windstream.net May-October. Open Daily 8:00am-6:00pm (except Sundays). From Jesup take Hwy 169 North to Melvin Westberry Road. Follow signs. 40 ISON’S NURSERY AND VINEYARD 6855 Newnan Road • Brooks, GA • 770.599.6970 www.isons.com • ison@isons.com Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Closed Sunday. Halfway between Newnan and Griffin on GA 16 41 M JAEMOR FARM MARKET 5340 Cornelia Hwy • Alto, 30510 770.869.3999 or 0999 www.jaemorfarms.com • info@jaemorfarms.com Open Daily 7:00am-6:00pm (September-May), 7:00am7:00pm (June-August). From Atlanta I-85 north to 985 which becomes 365, Travel 365 to market @35 mile marker on right P Pick Your Own U You Cut M Maze

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JAEMOR FARM MARKET AT BANKS CROSSING 40081 U.S. Hwy 441 • Commerce, 30529 706.335.0999 www.jaemorfarms.com/commerce-market info@jaemorfarms.com (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.

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JIBB’S VINEYARDS 1521 Jenkins Farm Road • Byromville, 31007 478.952.8328 • howardjames2000@yahoo.com 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, May 20th–November 1st Highway 230 to Poplar Springs Road then left on Jenkins Farm Road

44 PM LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS 50 Lane Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 • 478.825.3592 or 3362 www.lanesouthernorchards.com wendy@lanepacking.com Year Round. May-August 9:00am-7:00pm, September-April 9:00am-6:00pm I-75, exit 142, take 96 west 5 miles. From Fort Valley, take 96 east 3 miles 45 P LAWSON PEACHES 8545 Valdosta Hwy • Morven, 31638 • 229.775.2581 lawsonfarms@windstream.net May 1-July 10 8:00am-8:00pm Daily. Open month of October, call for hours. I-75, exit 18, 12 miles west to Morven on Hwy 133 46

LITTLE DUCK FARMS (DORSEY FARMS) 830 US Hwy 125 North • Ray City, 31645 229.455.3522 www.littleduckfarms.com • info@littleduckfarms.com Open Seasonal. October-January, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. February-September, call (229)455-3522 for hours. One mile north of Ray City on GA Hwy 125. Also, our pecans are now at Horse Creek Winery off I-75, exit 41 in Sparks.

47 P LOWREY FARMS 2416 Turkey Mountain Road • Rome, 30161 706.295.1157 www.facebook.com (Lowrey Farms) lowreyfarms@aol.com 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. 48 LUCK AND MOODY PEACHES 13891 Hwy 122 E • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.3300 peachseed7@yahoo.com 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 49 MACK AARON APPLE HOUSE 8955 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3600 or 706.273.3602 (Fax) www.mackaaronsapplehouse.com or facebook.com/ mackaaronsapplehouse gaaron@ellijay.com; mackaaronsapplehouse@gmail.com July 15-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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50 P MARKS MELON PATCH 8580 Albany Hwy • Dawson, 39842 • 229.698.4750 or 229.881.0814 www.marksmelonpatch.com sales@marksmelonpatch.com Year Round April-October 8:00am-7:00pm, NovemberMarch 8:00am-6:00pm 9 miles from Albany Mall - Hwy 82 west, 1 mile east of Sasser.

59 PM OTTAWA FARMS 702 Bloomingdale Road • Bloomingdale, 31302 912.748.3035 www.ottawafarms.com • rwd748@gmail.com March-November: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-6:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. December-February: Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm. From Savannah, Take I-16 West to Bloomingdale Road exit (#152). Go Right and farm is 2 miles on the right.

51 P MERCIER ORCHARDS 8660 Blue Ridge Drive • Blue Ridge, 30513 800.361.7731 www.mercier-orchards.com customer.service@mercier-orchards.com Sunday-Saturday: December-May, 7:00am-6:00pm; May-November, 7:00am-8:00pm 2 miles north of Blue Ridge on Hwy 5.

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

MERRITT PECAN CO., INC. Hwy 520 • Weston, 31832 • 229.828.6610 www.merritt-pecan.com • nutty@sowega.net Year Round (except Christmas), 7:00am-7:00pm Located on Hwy 520 halfway between Albany & Columbus.

53 PU MINTER’S FARM 283 Hill’s Bridge Road • Fayetteville, 30215 770.461.2840 www.mintersfarm.com • mintersfarm@aol.com April 15-Thanksgiving, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Thanksgiving-December 31, Open daily 9:00am-6:00pm. From Fayetteville, take GA Hwy 92 south out of Fayetteville. Go 5 miles and turn left on Hill’s Bridge Road. Go 3/4 mile and the farm is just beyond the cemetery. 54 PM MITCHAM FARM 750 Macedonia Church Rd • Oxford, 30054 770.786.8805 or 770.855-1530 www.mitchamfarm.com • mitchamemy@bellsouth.net 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. 55 P

MOON FARMS COUNTRY MARKET 3498 Hwy 72 East • Colbert, 30628 • 706.338.0065 www.moon-farms.com • strawberries@moon-farms.com April-June, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 2:00pm-6:00pm Sunday 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. 56 P OCHLOCKONEE RIDGE FARMS LLC. 1069 Rossman Dairy Rd • Moultrie, 31768 229.941.5971 or 229.891.0583 www.oridgefarms.com • oridgefarms@gmail.com 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 57 ODOM APIARIES 2310 Williford Road • Rebecca, 31783 • 229.392.0321 www.odomapiaries.com • odomapiaries03@yahoo.com Year Round, 8:00 a.m.–until I-75 Exit 84, 8.5 miles on Hwy 159 NE.; on your right on Williford Road (dirt road). You can see us from highway. 58

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.

PACKER PRODUCE 1601 1st Avenue SE (State Farmers Market) Moultrie, 31768 • 229.668.7225 brian@packerproduce.com Year Round, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday; Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. One block west of Hwy 319 in the Moultrie at the State Farmers Market

62 PU PAYNE FARM AND PRODUCE P.O. Box 246 • Calhoun, 30703 • 770.878.2005 or 770.480-7004 • www.paynefarm.net April–January, Call for Hours From the intersection of GA 53 and US 41 in Calhoun, travel south on US 41 about 2 miles and turn right on Salem Rd. Market is .2 miles. From Adairsville, travel north on US 41 to Salem Rd and turn left. Market is .2 miles 63 PEARSON FARM 5575 Zenith Mill Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 • 478.825.7504 www.pearsonfarm.com customerservice@pearsonfarm.com 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 64

PEYTON’S PECANS 5824 Hwy 97 • Camilla, 31730 • 229.336.2913 www.peytonspecans.com • kww@peytonspecans.com Mid October-Mid January 8:00am-5:00pm. Internet sales available year round. 5 miles south of Camilla on Hwy 97

65 M POPPELL FARMS 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop • Odum, 31555 912.586.2215 www.poppellfarms.com • popfarms1@windstream.net Vegetables: June-August, 8:00am.-6:00pm. daily. Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Saturdays and Sundays in October. From Jessup Highway 341N, Turn onto Tank Rd, follow signs, 4 1/2 miles 66 P PRESCOTT’S STRAWBERRIES 2226 Gus Perdue Rd • Wrens, 30833 • 706.547.3717 prescottstrawberries@gmail.com 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 67 R & A ORCHARD INC. 5505 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3821 or 2639 www.randaorchards.com • apples@randaorchards.com 9:00am-6:00pm Year Round 4 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy 52 on left 68

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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69 P RED APPLE BARN/ LITTLE BEND ORCHARDS 3379 Tails Creek Rd • Ellijay, 30540 • 706.635.5898 www.redapplebarn.com • apples@redapplebarn.com 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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78 P TAYLOR ORCHARDS AND THE STRAWBERRY PATCH AT TAYLOR ORCHARDS Peaches-1165 Fall Line Freeway East; Strawberries-41 Racetrack Rd. • Reynolds, 31076 Peaches-478.847.5963; Strawberries-478.847.2539 www.taylororchards.com • gafruit@pstel.net 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.

ROCKIN “S” FARM MARKET 465 Claude Scott Drive • Canton, 30115 770.377.0290, 770.596.0711 stewarttns@bellsouth.net 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.

71 ROSS BERRY FARM AND APIARIES, INC. 159 Watkins Road • Canton, 30115 • 770.776.6094 or 404.775.3220 www.rossberryfarm.com • terry@rossberryfarm.com 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. 72 P SIMS FARM 1608 Burning Bush Road • Ringgold, 30736 706.866.4062 or 423.593.4021 simssodfarm@bellsouth.net 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. 73 SLEDGE FARMS PEACH HOUSE 744 John E. Sullivan Road • Byron, 31008 478.956.2742 or 478.808.4690 sledge1@windstream.net 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. 74 PUM SOUTHERN BELLE FARM 1658 Turner Church Road • McDonough, 30252 770.288.2582 www.southernbellefarm.com jcarter@southernbellefarm.com Hours seasonal; visit website for updated hours See directions at southernbellefarm.com 75 P SOUTHERN GRACE FARMS 11946 Nashville Enigma Road • Enigma, 31749 229.533.8585 www.southerngracefarms.com sgracefarms@hotmail.com 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 behind Berrien Peanut Co. 76 U SPRING BROOK FARM LLC 1520 Mandeville Rd • Carrollton, 30117-5430 770.861.5333 www.springbrooktrees.com dave@springbrooktrees.com November-December, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am6:00pm. 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

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T AND T FARMS 698 Hwy 338 • Dublin, 31021 478.676.3670 or 3230 nacytomlinson@lcboe.net Year Round/Seasonal From I-16, Exit 42, travel north 6 miles on Hwy 338. Farm on right

79 PUM THE MARKET AT RUTLAND FARMS 5641 Union Road • Tifton, 31794 • 229.386.5111 www.rutlandfarms.com • ryan@rutlandfarms.com 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 80 PM THE ROCK RANCH 5020 Barnesville Hwy • The Rock, 30285 • 706.647.6374 www.therockranch.com • info@therockranch.com April-November. Please check website for hours and available products. West on Hwy 36 from Barnesville-look for signs 81 P THE TOMATO PATCH AT EVERGREEN PRODUCE, LLC 867 Rountree McCranie Road • Adel, 31620 • 229.848.9750 www.facebook.com/Evergreen Produce LLC Mid-May-July, 8:00am-7:00pm. 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. 82

THOMAS ORCHARDS, GREENHOUSE & GIFT SHOP 6091 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441) • Bishop, 30621 706.769.5011 • www.thomasorchardsandnursery.com pt1117@bellsouth.net 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

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

84 P TOM SAWYER FARM 952 Empire Chester Hwy • Cochran, 31014 478.934.7584 Call for days open and availability of crops, Mid May -August 1st. GA Hwy 257, 2 Miles east of Empire in north Dodge County P Pick Your Own U You Cut M Maze

85 M UNCLE BOB’S PUMPKIN PATCH 3781 E. Happy Valley Circle • Newnan, 30263 770.253.8100 www.uncle-bob.com • jwitt93@gmail.com Friday& Sunday, 2:00pm-6:00pm & Sat 9:00am-6:00pm I-85 to exit 51. Travel west to Hwy 29 go 3 miles south on Hwy 29 to Cedar Creek Rd. Turn right and go 3 miles to Happy Valley Circle and turn left 1/4 mile the farm is on right. 86 P WALDROP MERCANTILE AND FARM MARKET 2912 Post Road • Winston, 30187 • 770.942.4571 Like Us on Facebook-Waldrop Mercantile and Farm Market! • allentaylorwaldrop@gmail.com Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm. Seasonal Hours Vary-call for availability. I-20, exit 30-Post Road. Travel 1/2 mile North on Post Road. Market is on right across from post office. 87 P

WARBINGTON FARMS 5555 Crow Road • Cumming, 30041 770.380.2920 or 770.889.1515 www.warbingtonfarms.com paul@warbingtonfarms.com April-June (Strawberry Season depends on availability), Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm6:00pm. Closed Mondays. Fall Hours (Sept. 27-Oct. 31) Friday&Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00-6:00pm. Hwy 400 N to Exit 17, turn right on Hwy 306. Then go East on Hwy 369 at 3rd light and turn left on Little Mill Road. Go 1.7 miles and turn left onto Crow Road. Farm is on right.

88 P WASHINGTON FARMS LOGANVILLE 270 Willowwind Drive • Loganville, 30052 770.554.8119 • www.washingtonfarms.net Open for Strawberry Season only. All fall activities are at our Watkinsville farm. Check website for details. Hwy 20 in Loganville, turn Right into Willowwind Drive. 89 PM WASHINGTON FARMS WATKINSVILLE 5691 Hog Mountain Road • Watkinsville, 30622 706.769.0627 • www.washingtonfarms.net April-October. Hours vary by season. Check website for details. South of Athens, go on 441 South for 2 miles. Turn Right on Hog Mountain Road. Stay straight for 9 miles. Farm is on the left. 90 WHITE OAK PASTURES 22775 Highway 27 • Bluffton, 39824 • 229.641.2081 www.whiteoakpastures.com willharris@whiteoakpastures.com; jenniharris@whiteoakpastures.com Year Round; 8:00am-6:00pm Mon. through Fri.; 9:00am5:00pm on Sat. Restaurant: Lunch, Mon.-Sat., Noon1:30pm. Supper, Fri. and Sat. evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm. 9 miles north of Blakely on Hwy 27 91 P WILLIAM L. BROWN FARM MARKET Hwy 49 • Montezuma, 31063 • 478.472.8767 or 6513 www.williamlbrownfarms.com williamlbrown@windstream.net June-August, Monday-Saturday 8:30am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm-6:00pm. 1 mile north of Montezuma city limits on Hwy 49 92 PUM YULE FOREST HWY 155 THE PUMPKIN PATCH 3565 Hwy 155N • Stockbridge, 30281 • 770.954.9356 www.aboutyule.com and www.fearthewoods.com yuleforest155@aol.com 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, turn left. Farm is 4 miles on the left.

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HEALTH Emily Thacker Author

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Dear Emily: I’m allergic to perfumes, chemical smells plus many other things. Cleaning has gotten to be a problem as manufactures seem to think everything has to have a fragrance in their product. Can you recommend to me a natural way to freshen my room and air? – B.A., Newport, PA

Dear B.A.: Vinegar is the cleaner of choice for those with allergies, asthma or a sensitivity to harsh chemicals. Cleaners you make yourself cost pennies, instead of the dollars supermarket cleaners cost. And, what is much more significant, the compounds you put together are safe, natural and easy on the environment. I will give you my natural Fresh Air freshener from page 134 of my latest book The Vinegar Anniversary Book. Put the following into a pump spray bottle: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 2 cups of water. After the foaming stops, put on the lid and shake well. Spray this mixture into the air for instant freshness. Hello Emily: I have a situation that I need additional guidance on and am hoping you will be able to assist me. I have a natural limestone walled shower and a natural slate shower floor. I also have very hard water that leaves behind white powdery mineral deposits that stain the stone The mineral deposits do not come up with steam, scrubbing or with natural stone cleaner. I’ve read many very conflicting reports on the use of vinegar on natural stone. Any suggestions, resources or insights that you can offer would be very much appreciated. Thank You, – C. A., King of Prussia, PA Dear C.A.: Yes, vinegar could eventually etch the limestone and slate. And, yes it will do a very good job of removing the powdery mineral deposits in your shower. You will probably find that anything that will dissolve the mineral deposits will also dissolve the limestone, as they are both composed of the same material. You might find that a quick rinse with vinegar, followed by a thorough rinse with lots of cool water will minimize the damage it could do. You may also want to look into the benefits of a water softener to minimize the problem. Emily Thacker is the author of over 17 books. Her best-selling books about common household products have appeared in newspapers and publications across the U.S. including USA Today, USA Weekend, Parade Magazine, The History Channel Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post. Send Questions to: Emily Thacker C/O James Direct, Inc., 500 S. Prospect Ave., Box 980, Hartville, Ohio 44632. If interested in Emily’s latest book and a FREE Special Bonus please see the articles on the next two pages titled “Vinegar, Better than Prescription Drugs?” or “Why Diet? Try Vinegar!”

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