We started out going to a weekly organic farmer’s market over in
Thomasville but transitioned to a CSA after 2 years. We will explain why
and show you how our gardens have taken shape over these past few years. We
are still a small operation after 4 years choosing to grow our business
slowly. However, we have learned a great deal during these growing years.
Plus we have gleaned much from other folks which we will be implementing
over the next few years. We are grooming the farm as a business venture for
our son, who does most of the labor.
The surprising thing is so few people have heard of Leon Neel.
Here’s a very interesting biography of this very influential
pioneer in southeastern forestry and agriculture, including
many interesting stories of south Georgia and north Florida
life and politics:
The Art of Managing Longleaf:
A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach,
by Leon Neel, with Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way.
Leon Neel was a atudent, apprentice, and successor of Herbert Stoddard,
who was originally hired by quail plantation owners around
Thomasville to figure out why their quail populations were
The answer included a need to thin and especially to burn
their longleaf pine tree forests.
Stoddard and Neel studied and practiced for almost a century
between them on how to preserve and increase the amount of standing
timber and species diversity while also selectively harvesting trees
to pay for the whole thing.
Their Stoddard-Neel Approach is written up in textbooks.
In this book we learn how it came about, and how it is basically
different from the clearcut-thin-thin-clearcut “efficient” timbering
cycle that is the current fad among pine tree growers in the southeast.
It starts back in the old days of Leon Neel’s youth when his daddy taught
him to hunt quail:
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To: Richard C. Lee, District 2
Cc: Rodney N. Casey, Chairman
Cc: J. Edgar Roberts, District 1
Cc: G. Robert Carter, District 3
Cc: Jason Davenport, County Planner
Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
325 West Savannah Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31601
From: John S. Quarterman
residence 6565 Quarterman Road
3338 Country Club Rd. #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
10 November 2008
Thank you for meeting with us Friday. That was a good beginning to
a conversation, much like I had hoped we would have after you
attended our neighborhood meeting of June 5 in which we requested
further options and my letter of August 7 in which I also requested
further options regarding Quarterman Road.
Now we’re talking!
I understand that there has been some confusion as to who wants to
do what with Quarterman Road. This is why we have clarified neighborhood
opinion with the petition of 26 October showing that a majority of households
on the road and the owners of a majority of the road frontage
do not want the road paved,
at least not using the current plan the county is pursuing of clearing
a 60 foot right of way and tearing down the tree canopy.
Apparently there has also been some confusion as to what the state
requires the county to do. I hear that some time in the past the
county was planning to use state money to improve Quarterman Road.
If so, I see how that money could have come with requirements from
the state. That would explain why the current county paving plan,
which was originally drawn up many years ago, looks more like a state
highway than a rural local county road. However, as I am sure you are aware,
SPLOST VI is a local tax, not state money,
so there are no such requirements along with it.
I confirmed this with the District Engineer with GDOT.
He tells me that the state makes
no requirements on the county as to what to do with Quarterman Road,
which the state classifies as functional class 9, a rural local road.
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I don’t know the vintage of this picture. Those more clever than me could try dating it
by the style of the Coca-Cola ads or the electrical poles or the clothes or the
locomotive engine. I would guess 1920s.
This is the railroad (then known as the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad)
that caused Troupville residents to uproot themselves
and to found Valdosta as the Lowndes County seat at the present location,
on the main line from Savannah to Thomasville.
So this is the original Valdosta train station.
I don’t know if it’s the original building, but it’s the original location,
between Patterson and Ashley, where the overpass starts now.