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The family business Hear Bradley’s dad Tony tell a story about growing where you’re planted: “The seed that grew on top of a fencepost”—online at www.georgiamagazine.org. COURTESY THE WEAVER FAMILY ANN OROWSKI Through it all, son and parents have worked side by side. “It takes all three of us plus two others to run it in the fall, and that’s if nothing goes wrong,” says Bradley, who also has three older sisters. “We’ve gotten involved in the plants and the pumpkins to support him, and it’s turned into a mutual family admiration of nature and of preserving history,” explains Karen, also a former teacher. “He’s kind of led us into a different area.” The Weavers’ 66 acres—served by their electric co-op, Amicalola EMC—are part of a 120-acre farm purchased by Karen’s parents when she was in college. Karen’s father, Ralph Clark, raised cattle on the rolling land. “It was his hope that one of the grandkids would love it like he did to keep it going,” she says. “He was well pleased before he passed on that someone loved it as much as he did to carry it on.” COURTESY DAWSON ADVERTISER director at Jasper-based Amicalola Electric Membership Corp. (EMC)] Last autumn, Bradley was recognized for his efforts when he won the National FFA Organization 2009 Proficiency Award in Agricultural Sales—Entrepreneurship. Bradley Weaver at age 7. ANN OROWSKI In a reversal of the traditional way of family businesses, the child’s interest has become the parents’. “We enjoy working together,” says Tony, who retired in 2002. Among their varied duties, Dad hosts home-schoolers, gives tours and boils peanuts; Mom runs the gift shop and manages marketing and public relations; and Bradley oversees the production, does much of the heavy lifting and thinks big. “In the early days, Karen and I kind of directed things, but Bradley has assumed a greater role in this,” Tony says. “Well, I’m the boss—I get all the money,” laughs Bradley. “It’s like a partnership,” he adds, more seriously. “I couldn’t do it without them.” For the next couple of years, at least, Bradley will have to keep his inclination toward growth in check while he finishes his education. “I’m about where I want to be at now,” he says. “I’m going to do this until I get out of college.” By the time he graduates, as his peers will be just launching their careers, Bradley will be nearly two decades into his. He knows he’ll return home; he’s already chosen the spot where he’ll build his house. “I guess every parent wants to know that they’re handing something down to their children,” Karen says. “Bradley’s love for the land is even greater than ours. It was always important to Bradley to get home from school and get to the pumpkins. And it’s a good feeling to know that this will someday be his.” Deborah Geering is a food, travel and gardening writer from Decatur. Details: Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch 55 Lawrence Drive, Dawsonville bradleyspumpkinpatch.com; (706) 265-1447 GEORGIA MAGAZINE Tony Weaver gives hayrides all over the 66-acre family farm, telling stories along the way. Top right: In the early years, Bradley had a habit of giving away the pumpkins he was supposed to sell. More online at www.georgiamagazine.org http://www.georgiamagazine.org http://www.bradleyspumpkinpatch.com http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2010

Georgia Magazine - October 2010
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Special Energy Report
Branching Out
Unforgettable Alabama!
Restoring Warplanes and Honoring Veterans
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Cookbook of the Month
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - October 2010

Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Magazine - October 2010 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Magazine - October 2010 (Page Cover2)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Magazine - October 2010 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Calendar (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Currents (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Currents (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Special Energy Report (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Special Energy Report (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Branching Out (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Branching Out (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Branching Out (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Unforgettable Alabama! (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Unforgettable Alabama! (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Unforgettable Alabama! (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Unforgettable Alabama! (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Unforgettable Alabama! (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Restoring Warplanes and Honoring Veterans (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Restoring Warplanes and Honoring Veterans (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Restoring Warplanes and Honoring Veterans (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Restoring Warplanes and Honoring Veterans (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - My Georgia (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - My Georgia (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Gardens (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Gardens (Page 35)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 36)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 37)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 38)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 39)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 40)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 41)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42a)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42b)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42c)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42d)
Georgia Magazine - October 2010 - Snapshot (Page 42e)
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