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April 20, 2013

Local Farm-City organization honored by state

Months after wrapping up the annual Farm-City week for 2012, Cullman County’s Farm-City committee has been honored for their efforts by the state.

The committee was recognized at a banquet in Birmingham recently for having the overall best Farm-City committee in Alabama, after winning first place among Division I counties, which includes counties with more than 35,600 residents. Cullman was last chosen as the best overall Farm-City committee in 2011.

“With Cullman being No. 1 in the state for agriculture, I just think it’s awesome to bring home the best of the best,” said Cherrie Haney, 2012 Farm-City Chair. “Being on the committee takes a lot of time. There are many hours put in after work and on Saturday, but the main thing we’re here for is to help the community, and help people understand why our farm heritage is so important. That’s why we do what we do. It was a team effort.”

In addition to the overall award, Cullman also earned awards for best Farm-City tour, and best scrapbook. Roughly 30 people participated in the tour last October, which served as part of the year’s activities. The roughly half-day tour included stops at Royal Technologies, the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center, and Goldvine Farms, owned and operated by Cullman County residents Phillip and Nancy Garrison.

Cullman Farm-City community activities began in September with Farm-City day at the Festhalle Market Platz, and included a float and exhibit at the county fair, and geocaching throughout the county in the month of October and November. In addition, committee members handed out coloring books and had a balloon release at the Cullman Child Development Center, as well as a librarian banquet and a proclamation breakfast.

The banquet served as a kickoff for National Farm City week, which is observed the week before Thanksgiving. It began in 1955 as a way to foster cooperation and understanding between farmers and their city neighbors.

“Our main thing is keeping agriculture in people’s mind,” Haney said. “We want people to know that the food on their table doesn’t come from the grocery store. The farmer’s provide a lot, and then it takes businesses and people to package and box the items, so it takes everybody to make something go forward.”

Committee members include, Haney, Brian Lacy, Jill Bradberry, Whitney Haynes, Arnold Caylor, Melba Federer, Phillip Garrison, Tony Glover, Lee Haynes, Donna Hope, Lynne Morton, Luanne Reid, Chasity Robertson, Kelvin Veal, Shawn Warnke, Pat Floyd, Lesia Van Gundy, Doris Patterson, Donald Reid, Denise Schuman, Leonard Slade, and Dr. Tom Williamson.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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