Certified Farm Market Coordinator for Farm Bureau Georgia Kelly Henry is in the studio for the Around Atlanta segment of the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to share the various programs they offer and talk about the Farm Passport and the Certified Farm Market program, as well as Kelly’s best tips for visiting Georgia farms. Listen in as Kelly shares how the organization connects the public to farmers and agriculture with co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick.
During her childhood, Henry grew up on a Northeast Georgia farm where her family raised beef cattle. She was also involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) during her time in school, where she became more passionate about agriculture. In college, Henry studied agricultural business, and after graduating, she went on to find a position with Farm Bureau.
Established over 80 years ago, Farm Bureau was created to be a leading agricultural organization to voice the needs of farmers in legislation. As Farm Bureau has grown, the organization now provides a variety of programs to offer educational resources for farmers, children and the general public. Programs offered by Farm Bureau include Young Famers and Ranchers, Ag in the Classroom, Women’s Committee, Public Policy and the Certified Farm Market program.
“My job is connecting consumers directly to farmers. You don’t have to be a Farm Bureau member in order to visit a farm,” said Henry That’s what I’m getting at, for people to have that experience of visiting a farm and connecting with a farmer to have that face-to-face experience.”
For three years, Henry has coordinated the Certified Farm Market program, which connects consumers to farmers to provide them with a deeper understanding of modern Georgia agriculture. This year, 83 farms across Georgia are participating in the program where visitors can discover where their food comes from and meet the farmers that grow the food.
To help guide visitors as they’re visiting different farms, Farm Bureau provides a Farm Passport, as well as recommended routes around north, middle and south Georgia with more routes to be added throughout this year. Guests can visit any farm at any time, but Farm Bureau recommends checking ahead on the farm website or social media to ensure the farm is open on the planned day of visitation.
“They’ve had enough visitors now with the Farm Passport that they’re all familiar with this. So, they’re excited to see you walk in with your Passport, said Henry. “A lot of times when they know you’ve been traveling around the state and visiting other farms they’re so much more apt to talk to you.”
Visitors can receive a Farm Passport from any participating Certified Farm Market or at county Farm Bureau offices, which they can use to get a stamp from each farmer to mark their visit. Upon visiting more farms and receiving a stamp during each visit, visitors are eligible to win amazing prizes including a limited edition t-shirt, ball cap, the choice of a free product from a participating farm, a full access pass farm tour with a small group accompanied by a Farm to Table meal and more! For the chance to win, Passports must be sent back by the first week of January 2022.
To learn more about Farm Bureau Georgia and the programs it offers, be sure to listen to the full interview above. You can also visit www.gfb.org for more information.
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