A local farm is where local business owner Kevin Williams and his leadership team are planning to mix business and community service.
The Chick-fil-A Canton team, led by Williams, is working toward transforming a 100-year old farm that will be used by its staff for day-to-day operations, as well as act as a way to help serve the community.
This new destination being constructed is called “The Farm” and is expected to see an expansion in the future, with plans in place to add additional buildings, as well as a community garden, among other things.
“One of our big plans for next year is we hope to build what we will call ‘The Studio,’ which is going to be a building that will be in the tree line behind the farm,” Chief of Staff Hayden Holcomb said. “This will be an area where our team members can utilize it is a working space and corporate office space, as well as an area to do homework, conduct bible studies, meetings, and book clubs. There will also be a reception area with an attendant available, and the building will have garages for farm equipment, a storage area, and a kitchen and coffee bar.”
Holcomb said that there are also plans in place to include a community garden with a green house, potting area, outdoors seating, and a storage shed. A key aspect of the area would be garden plots, which would be available to rent to community members, he said. Aside from the garden and studio, the team also plans to construct a barn, which would serve staff and the community.
“Our big dream is to have a huge barn in the field which will essentially serve as a reception and meeting place that could hold 300 people,” Holcomb said. “We have a big team, so it would be great if we could fit our whole team in it for meetings. A bit of our inspiration for this barn is Reformation Brewery at (The Mill on Etowah) in Canton and their layout. We really like the open concept, as well as the industrial style.”
The barn would also consist of a community space, dressing room and green room, open air space, and a storage space for the kitchen. Williams added that another dream is to add farm animals.
As for the pavilion that currently sits behind the house, Williams said the community would be able to rent it out for occasions when the Chick-fil-A team isn’t using it. Such occasions could include weddings, church services, and business related activities from different companies.
While there are several plans in place for different uses in this area, Williams said the most important role that he wants “The Farm” to play is to be a place that can help people grow in any aspect of their life, whether it is a parent looking to adopt, an at-risk child or teenager, at-risk families, or any member of the community who needs someone to talk to.
“We want people to come here and help figure out their lives with us, together,” Williams said. “It is important to support families in crisis, and that’s what we want to be able to do here. We want to help foster/adopt children and work with organizations such as Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Fostering Together, North Georgia Angel House, and so many others. We think this space will be great to hold counseling and to coach/teach parenting classes. Anyway we can serve and help the community, we want to do it, and that’s why we are so excited about the future plans for this place.”
The farm was purchased in 2016 from Tom Pinyan, who grew up in the house on the property.
“My family and I moved into the house in April of 1949 after my dad and mom bought the 15-acre parcel in October of 1948 from Amos Adams and his wife Pauline Pinyan Adams, both of which are relatives of mine,” Pinyan said.
Pinyan added that his parents lived at the farm for several decades until his father passed away in 1996, and his mom moved into an assisted living facility in 1998. After his mother passed away in 2008, the land became his and he eventually sold the land to Williams. He said he is very pleased with the improvements on the property that Williams and his team have made, adding that if his parents could see it today, they would be very happy.
Misty Martin, who’s mother, Brenda Adams Whitfield, spent the first three years of her life at the house before her parents sold the house and land to Pinyan’s parents, said that she and her mother are both very happy with the improvements to the house.
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