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Farm Fresh and Foxy: The New Crop of Farmers

Equal parts stylish and sustainable, these young men and women are putting a new face on the farming industry. They're not your grandfather's farmers.

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Celia Barss, Woodland Gardens

Canadian by birth, Celia Barss was raised in Papua New Guinea and has lived all over the world, learning several languages along the way. She graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Organic Farm program, is an expert in small-scale architecture, a new mom and the manager and grower at Woodland Gardens, an organic fruit, vegetable and cut-flower farm in Winterville, Georgia. 

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Photo: Image courtesy of David Mwanaka

David Mwanaka, Mwanaka Farm Fresh Foods, UK

Born in Zimbabwe, David Mwanaka now farms in the United Kingdom, where he specializes in growing white maize and white sweet corn, previously unheard of in Britain. David also grows pumpkins, squash and mustard greens when he's not indulging in his side career as a musician. You can find out more about David and his farming endeavors at Farm Fresh Foods.

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Craig Tucker

Craig Tucker, Tucker Farms

In 2007, Craig Tucker left the construction industry to start a garden on rented land. Two years later, he started Tucker Farms on the banks of the Oostanula River in Rome, Georgia. Today it’s a sustainable vegetable and hydroponic greens farm supported by farmers' markets and restaurants from Atlanta to northwest Georgia.  

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Photo: Photo by Ron Manville

Chef Tyler Brown, Double H Farms

Five years ago, Tyler Brown had only grown three tomato plants in his life. Now the executive chef of Capitol Grille in Nashville’s historic Hermitage Hotel spends his off hours farming, harvesting okra and tomatoes at The Farm at Glen Leven and raising cattle at Double H Farms in Dickson County, Tennessee. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Johnson & Wales University, is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and serves on the board of the Slow Food USA, Nashville chapter.

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