Farm Life in Georgia

My first experience working on a farm was as an official WWOOF-er about nine years ago. After my first job out of college as a Wellness Coordinator for a company called HealthCorps (like PeaceCorps but for health), I decided to make the big move out to California to be with Dylan.  The transition from life in Florida to the unknown world of California was not easy but something I would never take back. During the transition, WWOOF-ing was my saving grace. With no experience necessary, WWOOF-ing grounded me and gave me purpose. For those of you with even the faintest farming gene, I recommend checking this program out. The WWOOF program, which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, links volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences. Not only will you spend time outdoors in the dirt and learn a lot, you are also pretty much guaranteed to meet great people along the way. Farm locations are endless with this program, check out their entire list of regional and international locations here

So.. Almost 10 years later, I finally got to work on another farm, this time in Cedartown, Georgia! Dylan's Uncle Henry and his wife, Debbie started Five Cedars Farm after retiring from their corporate jobs near Washington, DC.  They turned what started as a small four bed garden to grow their own food into an award winning produce farm backed by deep love, meaning and pride. Shortly after our arrival, Henry and Debbie handed us our official farming hats and taught us how to get to work. We planted squash, harvested sugar snap peas, tractor tilled new planting rows and learned how to Florida weave for tomatoes

 Overhead view of farmhouse + pool, barns (beside the Lance) and veggie rows

Overhead view of farmhouse + pool, barns (beside the Lance) and veggie rows

 Overhead view of entire grounds including their greenhouse on the right hand side

Overhead view of entire grounds including their greenhouse on the right hand side

 Squash in the foreground + flourishing greenhouse tomatoes in the background

Squash in the foreground + flourishing greenhouse tomatoes in the background

 Transferring tomato plants

Transferring tomato plants

 Hammering in stakes... preparing for the Florida weave 

Hammering in stakes... preparing for the Florida weave 

  Florida weaving  it... getting ready for a tomato growth spurt in a few weeks 

Florida weaving it... getting ready for a tomato growth spurt in a few weeks 

 More of the FL weave

More of the FL weave

 Dylan and Henry putting up fencing for beans to grow on

Dylan and Henry putting up fencing for beans to grow on

 Rolling out more fence

Rolling out more fence

 Farmer Dylan!

Farmer Dylan!

 Learning a few/everything from his Uncle Henry 

Learning a few/everything from his Uncle Henry 

 Are those lines straight? I can't tell... ;)

Are those lines straight? I can't tell... ;)

 Covering a few beds with mulch to help keep the weeds down

Covering a few beds with mulch to help keep the weeds down

 Henry tractoring beside the Lance 

Henry tractoring beside the Lance 

 Sarah + Debbie + Henry + Dylan ... so fun working on  Five Cedars Farm !!

Sarah + Debbie + Henry + Dylan ... so fun working on Five Cedars Farm!!