The Berry Farms student enterprises have had a busy summer providing
fresh food and other local goods for the Rome community.
Students running the enterprises have collaborated with local
vendors to hold several events this summer where they were able to sell their
products. Weekly Thursday farmers markets were held during the month of July
and August. All of the available products are
grown or produced using Berry’s abundant resources of land and livestock.
Students involved with The Berry Farms enterprises
not only get agricultural experience, but real life business experience as
well. They must work hard to grow, market, and sell their products. This
hands-on approach is part of Berry’s overall principle that hard work reaps
Claire Walker is an animal
science major who is also co-CEO of Jersey Milk.
trying to go to vet school and hopefully have my own
business one day so being able to see the business aspect of companies and
the enterprises is really helpful, as is being able to step up in a leadership
position," Walker said.
Jersey Milk products are cheeses made from the
milk of Berry cattle and include Applewood Smoked Gouda, Jack, Gouda Gold,
Gouda, and Jack and Dill.
Season’s Harvest consists of produce grown
without harmful chemicals, with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint.
There are several options for purchase depending on the harvest, including but
not limited to beans, corn, okra, peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes.
Martha’s Herbs is a horticulturally based service
that strives to grow the healthiest, most desirable herbs within the Berry
community. They grow and sell herbs such as catnip, cilantro, chives, Greek
oregano, thyme, and sage.
Angus Beef products are all-natural, with no
additives or artificial ingredients, and made from Berry-raised cattle. The
products consist of different types of steaks, roasts, patties, ribs, brisket,
liver, and ground beef.
For more information on any of these products,
please visit the Berry web site www.berry.edu/studententerprises/
by student public relations assistant Koren Shetter and photos by student
photographer Blake Childers