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A woman standing on land with trees.

Conserving and Preserving the Land Through Sustainability

When your back yard consists of your farm and bodies of water, being a great steward of the land is top of mind. Casey Cox is the sixth generation FarmHer living on her family’s farm in South Georgia. 

How Water Impacts the Land

In agriculture and farming, we don’t always think of water first, but without water, there is no life. Casey Cox is a woman in agriculture who is just as passionate about the water as she is about the land.

Visiting Casey through a FarmHer Lens

I met Casey on a driveway that led into their farm, Long Leaf Ridge. We then jumped into her truck and started the day out at one of the most important places in the world to her, the Flint River. It runs through the family’s property and is the lifeblood not only for their farm but for the region, carrying clean water, providing recreation, and giving life. 

Woman in canoe floating down river surrounded by land with trees.

Next stop, the sweet corn field! When we arrived, crews were harvesting the corn and preparing to ship the corn to stores across the country. 

Farm land used as a corn field.

Planting Peanuts

Along with sweet corn, Casey’s family also raises the crop that Georgia is known for, peanuts! The plants had recently been inverted and were laying out in the red dirt, drying and waiting to be picked. Casey and I tried a few of the fresh nuts….while good, I think I will stick to the roasted ones! 

Woman standing on farm land used for growing peanuts.

We then continued on to Casey’s very favorite spot – the forest of Long Leaf pines. It was easy to see her love of the forest and the trees as we drove beneath the towering pines. As she drove, Casey explained to me that the forest we were in was one of the most bio-diverse environments in the country and it’s important for farmers like her to care for not only their farmland but the environment around them as they all flow together.  

The river and forest are where Casey was born, raised and where she came back home to. While she never expected to live in a house right there in those woods as an adult and become a FarmHer, she is doing just that. She is a young woman with passion and spirit and is spreading that to those around her, advocating for agriculture and water right there at home, on the Flint River.  

Green leaves and pine cones.

21 thoughts on “Conserving and Preserving the Land Through Sustainability

  1. I liked it because it was sweet and short and also easy to read. I learned that Casey’s favorite spot is the forest of Long Leaf pines. And it is useful information because it could help people get to know her and her farm history

  2. I liked this story because of the fact that Casey had land with water and woods. It is cool to see that other people get food from different sources and that all food can be made right there and then.

  3. I like this article because it was fun to take a walk through Casey’s day and because it was short and sweet. I learned that Georgia’s most known crop is peanuts! This information will help other people learn how to keep and preserve sustainable farmland.

  4. I think that what she is doing for the world is very nice and I think that she should keep on doing it because it is very good on what she is doing and the recipes she is making seem good.

  5. Hello! I liked how it talked about places she enjoyed visiting on her farm. I learned about how water could affect the land. I think it would be useful to people who are learning to grow crops!

  6. I love the pictures they are so cute I learned that Casey lives and farms in a forest which is her favorite spot I also learned about the environment.

  7. I liked the article because it tells how to help the earth and the wildlife and I like wildlife. from this article I learned that Gorga is known for peanuts. this information is useful because people can learn to help by growing food for themself and others.

  8. I liked the article because i realized we need to pay more attention to forests and trees because we underapericate them. what i learned in this article is that we should be more like Casey who loves trees. this is useful info because people need to love trees and forests and agriculture.

  9. This was a great article about Casey and her farm. It thought me about the kind of stuff that happens on a farm.

  10. Hi my name is waylon logue and i am replying from Areys 3-odd health class
    I’m a corn farmer so I know how it is and I have one question how do you cook the peanuts after you pick them.

  11. I think this article was really cool because it got into the basics of this person, and the personal details. I learned that farming is very important to people for food and for recreation. It is also useful because farmers can learn more about conservation.

  12. This was a great article! It taught me how an ordinary farmer can make a big difference in the world.

  13. I liked this story because it brings attention to importance of water. We need to protect our land.

  14. I liked this article because it informed me how we can farm and produce lots of different foods. This info is helpful because it can help the people who are just getting into farming and they can learn what things go with what and they can start farming

  15. My name Brian and liked this because Casey sounds like a good person.I learned one person can do a lot.This is useful information because one person can do a lot.

  16. I liked this story because of the fact that Casey has land with water and woods. It is cool to see that other people get food from different sources and that all food can be made right there and then.

  17. I liked this story because it wasn’t too long to read but it wasn’t so short you barely get any information. I learned that Georgia is known for peanuts and that is important because it might be useful someday.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this story. This taught me that she is a 6th generation of farmers and that she is very passionate abotu what she does. I like that she likes doing what she does and she works hard.

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