Georgia Magazine - March 2022 - 32

Around GEORGIA By Katie Teems Norris
Agriculture up close
Museums, farm tours off er educational experiences
F
rom the Atlantic coast to the North
Georgia mountains, Georgia's landscape
is dotted with small homesteads as well
as family and commercial farms. Many farms
and agricultural museums in the state are opening
their doors-or gates-to people who want
to get a unique perspective on historical farming
practices, agrarian ways of living or modern
agricultural science-or who simply want a taste
of what separates one farm's produce from the
rest of the bunch.
Here are a few agricultural experiences to
check out around the state.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College's Georgia Museum of
Agriculture, Tifton
(229) 391-5205; gma.abac.edu
The period from the 1870s to the early 1900s
Visitors to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Georgia Museum of Agriculture in
Tifton can catch a ride aboard a working steam train.
" was an important time for growth " for Georgia
agriculture, says Garrett Boone, director of Abraham Baldwin
Agricultural College's Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA).
Visitors to the GMA can immerse themselves in the
agriculture of this period as they explore the museum's dozens
of exhibits and rotating selections from local artists.
" There really is something for everyone here for every age
group, " Boone says. " You can spend a day here and not cover
everything we have. "
The museum's Historic Village contains 35 buildings,
including a print shop, blacksmith shop, sawmill, turpentine
still, feed and seed, mercantile and drugstore. There is even a
working steam train that visitors can ride.
The GMA educates some of the 40,000 to 50,000 student
visitors each year through the Destination Ag program.
Sponsored by the Langdale Co. and led by student instructors
from the college, the program teaches students in prekindergarten
through fifth grade from 12 surrounding counties about
the origins of the food on their tables and the importance of
natural resources. Students leave Destination Ag with " a seed
that they can access later on " as adults, Boone says.
The GMA gives visitors " a bigger picture of agriculture and
natural resources, " he says. " It was important in the 1870s [and]
in the early 1900s, and it's still important now. "
Explore the website for information about special events and
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programs, including the annual Folklife Festival, scheduled this
year for April 2.
Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm, Blairsville
(706) 897-2379; farmfeltandglass.com
On a plane ride in 2000, Holly Williams read an article
about alpacas.
" I was just like, 'Oh my God, I'm in love,' " she says.
Williams grew up on a farm in Ohio, and after five years of
living in an Atlanta loft
apartment with her
husband, Courtney,
she just " needed to
roll in some dirt. "
The pair moved to
Blairsville, built a
barn and fencing, and
brought home three
alpacas and two crias
(baby alpacas).
Holly Williams
Courtney and Holly Williams invite
visitors to their Blairsville farm, where
they can interact with lovable alpacas.
teaches visitors about
alpaca husbandry and
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COURTESY HOLLY WILLIAMS
http://gma.abac.edu http://www.farmfeltandglass.com

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