Cherokee County Farm Bureau has received four awards for its volunteer programs from the Georgia Farm Bureau.
The local bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee earned the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award at the districts annual meeting Aug. 23. Chaired by Molly Childs Boggs, during the past two years, the committee served as a Partner in Education with Avery Elementary School and volunteered over 800 hours to teach first and second graders about agriculture.
The CCFB Promotion and Education Committee, chaired by Nichelle Stewart, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Promotion and Education Award. The committee collected food and toys for MUST Ministries in 2019 and 2020, and in October 2019, the committee hosted a Farm Day at Buckeye Creek Farm for 50 school nutrition managers to learn how to incorporate local fresh food into school lunches. The committee also hosted a booth promoting horses at the 2019 county fair and decorated the 2020 Christmas tree at R.T. Jones Library with a vegetable theme.
The CCFB Legislative Committee, chaired by Don Keeter, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award. The committee hosted a Legislative Appreciation Breakfast in 2019 at the Art Barn Farm followed by a tour of the farm’s petting zoo and a visit to Mariposa Farms, an equine boarding and riding facility. The event gave local farmers a chance to interact with elected officials. The committee also held an in-person political forum in 2019 and a virtual forum in 2020 for candidates running for office to share their platforms with local residents.
The CCFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, chaired by Ben Cagle, received the GFB 1st District Outstanding YFR Program Award. The committee worked with the legislative committee on the 2019 political forum. Committee members also read books about agriculture to elementary students at local schools on Read Across America Day in 2020 and 2021. The committee also supported local FFA and 4-H programs.