Pre-Trip: FPL Food

Before our trip, I had the opportunity to research FPL Food, LLC, which is a privately own beef processing plant.  The FPL Food headquarters are in Augusta, GA, and their farm, Chatel Farms, is located in Reidsville, GA.  We will be visiting the August location on the second day of our…
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Pre-Trip- Tifton Campus

For my assignment on this trip, I was required to research and give a presentation on UGA’s Tifton campus. At first I thought it was strange that we would be required to look at the stops that are also a part of UGA, but as I looked into Tifton’s campus…
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Pre-trip: Rock Ranch

Before going on the spring tour trip of 2017, I did research on Rock Ranch. Rock Ranch is located in The Rock, GA and has lots of attractions, such as a locomotive train, petting zoo, Tiny Town, pumpkin cannon and so much more. Depending on the season they also have…
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Mercier Orchards, The Day Before

Being a part of another local orchard in Ellijay, doing business with Mercier’s, and just being a part of the North Georgia culture, I am excited for everyone to visit this stop of the tour. While at Merciers the main topics will be the orchard size and structure, bakery, restaurant,…
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Pre- Trip, Glass Alligator Farm

Before visiting Glass Alligator Farm, my partner and I researched a bit about the Glass family and their farm. What we discovered from Mr. Glass is that this prosperous alligator farm, which produces chickens, alligator skins, and family crops, began as a simple solution to getting rid of dead chickens….
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Pre-Trip Wolf Mountain Vineyards

For the spring break trip 2017, we will be visiting a variety of amazing places but one I am looking forward to particularly is Wolf Mountain Vineyards. This presentation is one that really stuck out to me in class. It is so beautiful and remote but also full of crops…
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Preparing to see James Greenhouses

James Greenhouses is a family owned and operated perennial plug operation based in Colbert, GA. The owners are Ken and Leah James, and together they founded James Greenhouses in 1998. Nowadays, they have managed to achieve shipping close to thirteen million liners every year all across North America. This includes over…
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Pike Creek Turf

Pike Creek Turf is a family owned turf grass farm that is owned and operated by two ABAC graduates, Jimmy and Jaimie Allen. The family is very proud of the farm and put a lot of time into maintaining a high quality product. A member of the family walks the fields at…
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Pre-trip: Lewis Taylor Farms

Zane and I were tasked with researching Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, GA. Lewis Taylor Farm is a privately owned vegetable and greenhouse operation that produces quality produce, vegetable transplants, and pine seedlings on a large scale and distributes throughout the Southeastern US. They pride themselves on being Georgia grown…
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