Hickory Hill Farm | Carlton, GA
Gary and Susan Shaw, Josh and Jennifer Johns
“The land is important to us and how we treat it is what will determine if it can produce healthy food for generations to come.”
Hickory Hill Farm is a generational family farm and is owned and operated by Gary and Susan Shaw and their daughter and her husband, Jennifer and Josh Johns. Jennifer is the sixth generation to farm the land. The farm is a 204-acre tract of land that was given as a land grant by the State of Georgia. Susan's family can be traced back to 1780 on the land. In 2009, the family made the decision to move the farm into an organic, sustainable, vegetable operation and at that time Hickory Hill Farm was established. Gary, Susan, Jennifer and Josh are attempting to recover a way of life for their family and save their generation heritage in farming.
Hickory Hill currently has eight acres under USDA Organic Certification and is growing fruit and vegetables year-round for organic markets and the Collective Harvest CSA. The family's future plan is to enter the organic meat production business as well. They currently have cattle, as well as sheep, pigs and 150 Rhode Island Red chickens for egg production.
Gary and Susan are most excited to introduce their grandchildren to sustainable farming and land management. Josh and Jennifer now have three children, and their hope is to pass healthy, viable land on to them one day to own and manage their own farming endeavors.
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