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100 Year Old Farm

Booker T. Whatley Award !!

SAAFON Honors Gilliard Farms Brunswick, Georgia
Georgia's first African American organic Centennial Farm


Each year SAAFON recognizes Black Farms that have been retained by one family for 100 plus years. These centinnel farms are critical to our cultural heritage and historic information for future generations

Who Was Booker T. Whatley
Dr. Whatley was raised on a family farm in Anniston, Alabama . The oldest of 12 children, Whatley received his B. S. degree in agriculture from Alabama A & M University. He is best known for his regenerative farming. Whatley believed that the regenerative system of farming by small farmers made greater use of the internal resources that a farm produced and therefore when properly managed would provide a more sustainable livelihood.

Gilliard Farms is an organic farm that was first established in 1874 by Jupiter Gilliard, the great, great, great, grandfather of Althea and Matthew Raiford. The farm has never used chemicals to grow any crops and is a member of SAAFON, Georgia Organics, Coastal Organic Growers and Georgia Grown. Althea and Matthew Raiford are the sixth generation to farm this land.
To learn more about Gilliard Farms visit: www.gilliardfarms.com

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