Annual Farm-City Week begins tomorrow, Nov. 16

Farm-City Week, the annual celebration of Gordon County’s agricultural identity, is scheduled to begin Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 and run through Wednesday, Nov. 22. Farm-City week highlights the relationship between the state’s farmers and partners in urban areas who prepare, transport, market and retail the food and fiber that farmers grow for the American consumer. The purpose is to bring more awareness of the Ag industry to our city and community. 

In 1955, Kiwanis International began Farm-City Week to increase the understanding of the partnership between rural and urban residents. Farm days at schools, farm tours, banquets and mayoral proclamations are just a few of the activities that will be held to mark the event throughout the state and locally.

“Farm/City week is a time to recognize the positive relationships between farm families and city residents and how important agriculture is in all of our lives,” said Annemarie Carr with Gordon County Young Farmers. “This is a time to honor our farmers and producers, as without them the safe, abundant and affordable food we put on our tables would not be possible. Generation after generation, their hard work and willingness to embrace new ideas has provided our nation with the food we need. We’d like to encourage everyone to get to know our farmers throughout the county and learn how they raise our food.”

Farm-City Week is sponsored locally by Downtown Calhoun, Gordon County Young Farmers and Gordon County Farm Bureau with many events scheduled to celebrate the week:

On Thursday, Nov. 16, there will be a Farm-City Week proclamation signing at 6 p.m. at Gordon County Farm Bureau, located at 487 West Belmont Drive in Calhoun. The event is sponsored by Gordon County Farm Bureau and Gordon County Young Farmers.

On Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 a.m., local high school agriculture students will tour Riverview Farms; there will also be a community tour at Georgia Aquaponic Produce.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, there will be a celebration in downtown Calhoun during Christmas Open House.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, there will be tours of Evco Plastics and Halstead with UGA Extension.

Food and fiber production and related generated a total economic impact of $74.3 billion, accounting for eight percent of the state’s economy, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. CAED also notes that agriculture and related occupations supplied more than 411,500 jobs in 2014.

The United States Department of Agriculture statistics show that Georgia farmers led the nation in producing blueberries, broilers, peanuts, pecans, rye and spring onions. Georgia was also in the top three production states for seven other items.

In 2015, Georgia companies exported $2.9 billion worth of farm products, according to the USDA.

“To show appreciation for our farmers, please take the time to come out and support Farm-City Week by attending our events,” said Carr.

For more information, contact the Gordon County Young Farmers at acarr@gcbe.org.