We’ll visit Raisin’ Cane on our Friday Farm Tour at South Georgia Growing Local 2014:
Photo credit: Rosemary Gordon
Ken Corbett doesn’t have to worry about succession planning. He knows who will lead his farm in the future: his sons, Justin, 26, who is the farm manager; Jared, 21, who is in charge of the packing shed; and Jessica Bolesta, 25, who has taken the reins of the family’s agritainment business, Raisin’ Cane….
The Corbett family wasn’t content to simply grow, pack, and ship bell pepper, eggplant, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. In fact, it was Ken and Kim Corbett’s daughter, Jessica, who saw a need for an agritainment operation, and so Raisin’ Cane was started in the fall of 2013.
Located near Valdosta, GA, Raisin’ Cane features a corn maze, farm animals, hay rides, a playground, and a produce market and bakery. The Corbetts have already entertained numerous school field trips in the short time the operation has been open.
The plan is to have the market and bakery open year-round and field trips will be scheduled throughout the school year, by appointment.
According to Ken, so far, the operation has far exceeded the family’s expectations. “A generation ago, pretty much everyone had a grandfather running a farm so they were exposed to agriculture. That is not the case anymore,” he explains. “It is a life we take for granted — living on the farm— until you see someone who has never been to a farm come and enjoy it.”
For more information on Raisin’ Cane, go to Raisincanevaldosta.com.
In November, Raisin’ Cane got a trust deed with the county so they can have a chlorinated drinking fountain for school children.