Cagle’s Family Farm to remain in Cherokee County
(Canton, GA) Since the 1930’s, the Cagle family has been farming in Cherokee County, Georgia. The earliest Cagles began growing cotton, but quickly had what was considered a self-sustaining farm. Almost all of the family food came from the farm. The garden supplied seasonal vegetables, and the family preserved the surplus for the winter ahead.
As the local community grew and became a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The family saw an opportunity to share their farm with the growing population, and decided to open the farm to the public seasonally and also educate school children. In addition to the working dairy and educational field trips, Cagle’s Dairy Farm was one of the first in the state of Georgia to have a cornfield maze in 2000. A pumpkin patch, hayrides, herding dog demonstrations, haunted attractions and more made the green pastures come alive with families seeking wholesome entertainment.
Ben and Vicki Cagle now own Cagle’s Family Farm. They operate it with their two young sons. The boys are the fifth generation of Cagles to farm this land. It’s no longer a working dairy farm, but maintains a herd of dairy cows and a variety of farm animals. The family is innovatively continuing the agri-tourism venue for family fun and education.
It was recently announced that a deal has been made for the City of Holly Springs to purchase a part of the property owned by the Cagles. This is the property on the east side of Stringer Road. “The city has been actively searching for large tracts of land for development as park land in Holly Springs and this is one of the few remaining large tracts of land left. The City plans to have a firm design a park, as part of the long range plan. We are tentatively looking at active and passive uses for the property.” explains Rob Logan, City Manager of Holly Springs. But the family wants everyone to know “Cagle’s Family Farm is not going anywhere. Our property along the west side of Stringer Road, where the corn maze and all of our agri-tourism attractions are located, will remain unchanged. We will continue expanding our efforts on this property” explains Ben Cagle , owner/operator of Cagle’s Family Farm. “Our family will still be here. We intend to continue to farm and raise our family here in Cherokee County, just as our family has for many generations” clarified Ben. “We felt like this was the best decision for our family and our community” explains Vicki Cagle. “We look forward to the years ahead of continuing to provide a family-friendly place to visit.”
Cagle’s Family Farm is right now deep in their popular fall season with a corn maze and lots of fall fun! Farm goers can bump along on an old-fashioned hayride, bounce on a huge jump-eee pillow, cheer on your favorite swine at the pig races, pan for gold, navigate the 3 miles of cornfield maze paths, pick a pumpkin, chow down on some delish farm food and so much more! “We look forward to this time every year, as we get to see familiar faces who have made Cagle’s Family Farm an annual tradition” shares Vicki Cagle.
In addition to the fall season, the farm host field trips during the spring and summer months, along with Ag-venture tours of the farm. Spring and summer vegetable crops are also planted to allow U-Pick opportunities for the community. “We plant and tend the crops, and allow customers to come pick their produce fresh” explains Vicki Cagle. Keep up with what’s happening at the farm online at CaglesFamilyFarm.com.