CULLMAN — the Cullman Farm-City committee feted this year’s Cullman County farm family at its 2012 banquet Thursday, recognizing longtime Gold Ridge farmers Phillip and Nancy Garrison as ambassadors who exemplify the community’s strong local connections between rural and urban life. the Cullman iteration of Farm-City activities, held concurrently with nationwide Farm-City events each year the week before Thanksgiving, highlights the interdependence between Cullman’s farming and business communities. in accepting this year’s farm family designation, Phillip Garrison told the crowd at the Cullman Civic Center no other award his farm had received means as much as being honored by his peers and those from the community his family has always called home. “Last year, my family was honored with the Heritage Century award,” said Garrison. “I can thank my grandparents and my parents for that. but this award this year is from you, the Farm-City people. and it’s an award that Nancy and I will never forget — it’s the greatest award that we could ever have gotten.” Phillip Garrison is the current president of both the Cullman County Farmers’ Federation and the Cullman County Beekeepers; Nancy is also an active member of the farmers’ federation’s women’s division and was the first woman to head the Cullman County Poultry and Egg Association. the Garrisons operate a multifaceted farm, but are perhaps best known for the products they market from their collection of bee hives. the couple has presented many programs that demonstrate the important role honeybees play in agriculture to school children in Cullman and surrounding areas. the Garrisons’ farm has served as a host farm for tours from visitors outside the area — including the Congressional Tour of Robert Aderholt and the Agriplex Youth tour — and was also named a Century farm in 2010. the selection, in alternating years, of a local farm family or city family is not the product of a competition, noted Farm-City committee chair Whitney Haynes. Rather, she said, it’s an ongoing celebration of the vital bond shared by residents of both town and country in the Cullman community.
* Read more in the Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, print or e-edition of the Cullman Times.