Cherokee County Farm Bureau was honored for its programs at the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District meeting. From left are: CCFB Director Vicky Grizzle with the 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award; CCFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chairwoman Molly Childs, who accepted the 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award; CCFB Legislative Committee Co-chairman Don Keeter, who accepted the 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award; CCFB President William Grizzle and CCFB member Dan Schilling with the GFB Membership Award. (photo courtesy of Georgia Farm Bureau)

Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) received four awards for its volunteer programs during the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) 1st District annual meeting, held Sept. 17 in Calhoun. William Grizzle is the CCFB president.

The CCFB Women’s Leadership Committee, chaired by Molly Childs, received the 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award.

Among its activities during the past year, the committee partnered with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the Cherokee County Extension office and the city of Woodstock to host an agricultural expo. The event, held March 22 at Hickory Flat Fellowship Church, showcased Cherokee County farms, agricultural and horticultural businesses to increase awareness of Cherokee-grown products and to emphasize social, economic and environmental benefits of agriculture in the county.

The CCFB Promotion & Education Committee, chaired by Nichelle Stewart, received the 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award. The committee worked with Indian Knoll Elementary School to incorporate ag themes in each grade.

CCFB volunteers read the book, “Right This Very Minute,” to kindergartners, held a coloring contest for first-graders, read a sunflower book and planted sunflowers seeds with second-graders, held a Farm-City Week poster contest for third-graders, gave a book about honeybees, honey straws and pencils to fourth-graders and hosted a farm heritage day for fifth-graders. In all, the committee’s work at Indian Knoll shared agricultural information with 926 students and 113 faculty and staff.

The CCFB Legislative Committee, co-chaired by Don Keeter and B.J. Weeks, received the 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award.

The committee hosted the Legislative Appreciation Breakfast at Big Door Vineyards followed by a tour of the farm and a visit to Jake’s Produce, a canning facility and catering business. The event gave local farmers a chance to interact with elected officials. Local and state elected officials, as well as representatives from the offices of Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Rep. Barry Loudermilk, attended the event.

CCFB received the GFB Membership Award, presented to county Farm Bureaus that increased their membership over the previous year.

The GFB 1st District includes 15 counties in northwest Georgia.

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.