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Local farm to celebrate old-time techniques

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Southern Belle Farm in McDonough is planning a tribute to the way things were, during its first Farm Heritage Day this weekend.

The event will showcase old-time farming techniques and skills used by previous generations of farmers, according to Jake Carter, a seventh-generation farmer and the manager at Southern Belle Farm.

"It's educating people about how things used to be," said Carter, who is also the son of farm owners, Jimmy and Kathy Carter. "The way things are done now is quite different."

Carter said his parents and grandparents once ran Southern Belle Farm strictly as a dairy-farm operation. The family now uses the farm's old dairy barn for educational demonstrations.

"My parents had long days and a lot going on, then," Carter said. "They didn't really do any tours. Now, we're just more or less educating the public on dairy farming."

The Farm Heritage Day will be held Saturday, from 12 to 6 p.m., and will include various live demonstrations of how things were done in the past on farms, said Ansley Glenn, marketing director for the farm.

During one activity, Glenn said, Jimmy and Kathy Carter will demonstrate how to milk cows. Visitors will also observe the workings of quilters, blacksmiths, pottery makers and flint knappers, Kathy Carter added.

There also will be an antique tractor and engine show, displaying various kinds of farm equipment and the technological progress in farming over the past generations.

Glenn said local residents who may have restored farming equipment of their own are welcome to showcase it during the event.

Farm Heritage Day, according to Jake Carter, will also include a live petting zoo and a plowing demonstration.

"We will have mule plowing being done by a member of the Georgia Old Time Plow Club, which is something hard to see anymore these days," he said.

Southern Belle Farm, located at 1658 Turner Church Road in McDonough, will be open weekends this fall, through Nov. 1.

It is open to visitors on Saturdays from 10 a.m., to 10 p.m., and Sundays, from 1 to 6 p.m. For costs and more information, call (770) 898-0999 or visit the farm's web site.

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On the net:

Southern Belle Farm: www.SouthernBelleFarm.com