In 2005 our son Jake who had graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Management also became interested in developing the farm into an educational/agritourism farm along with the cattle operation. We built the first piece of this venture with the construction of a new barn where we were able to have Jake and Jennifer’s rehearsal dinner and wedding reception in August, 2005. In 2006 we had our first corn maize and began having educational field trips. Since that time there have been many additions to the farm the latest of which is our new Farm Market/Bakery where we are able to sell our farm produce and use much of that fruit – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, etc. – in making bakery products, ice cream, and other goodies. The educational field trip part of our operation has also grown to the point that in the spring, summer, and fall we are able to host over 30,000 school children and teach them about agriculture.
The Carter family and Southern Belle Farm have been blessed beyond measure over these last 80 years and it is our desire to open up our farm to allow others to have a taste of the good life on the farm and receive education about agriculture and its importance to the health and well-being of our county, state, nation, and world in a wholesome and safe environment. It is our desire to be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with and at the same time be able to remain on this land and share it with others. We hope you will be able to visit us soon.