Yesterday I journeyed to Jeffersonville, Georgia to do my farm tour with Rag & Frass Farm! But before all that jazz, myself and several other farmers and aspiring farm owner’s headed down the street for a FSA farm loan workshop. Before you scroll like you life depends on it, no, I am not going to give you any stale details about loans so stick with me. I had never been formally introduced to the farm’s owner and operator, Julia Asherman, before she got up to share her personal FSA loan experience during the presentation. Despite this being prior to the farm tour, I really got to see this farm and farmer in a unique light. Julia started the her journey of loans and renovation in 2013, and did not get the official deed until 2017 because of extensive effort on her part to make sure the land was prepped and liability-free. Often times at these tours, I see the land, I see the farmer's’ muddy boots, I see their-larger-than-life traps from doing so many farmer’s carries, but I do not usually see the endless paperwork where the real blood sweat and tears comes in.
Julia obviously has a passion for her lifestyle- she had plenty of chances to call it quits and find a new strip of farming turf, but instead she used a lil’ elbow grease (okay, a lot of it) and mended the old motel/ BBQ restaurant resting grounds and transformed it. After the oh so glamorous loan meeting, we all drove back to the farm and for the first time ever I was not a solo tourist! Not only did I get to meet a lot of great people and farmers alike, but I really got to experience the bond between separate farmers with a similar cause. Rag & Frass is as unique as its name- if Pinterest had cover stories, this would be a ~the~ cover piece. The amount of creative renovation and heart in the place was amazing. From the cover crops to the new roofs, every bit of this place had a little spark of Julia’s personality woven into it.
Come pick up some fresh veggies and beautiful flowers from Rag & Frass Farm tomorrow!
Learn more about Rag & Frass Farm HERE.