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Daniel Parson comes to Emory University in Newton


DanielParson2Organic farming is coming to Oxford College at Emory University.  Daniel Parson, an organic farmer named on Mother Nature Network’s Top 40 Farmers Under 40 list, has taken his talents to Newton County. Born in GA, he has been farming for over 15 years. He relocated from Clinton, SC to Newton County in January to start his journey with Emory, where both his sister and wife attended college.
The 35 year old is going to be farming about a block away from Oxford’s campus, where he hopes to not only attract students, but citizens alike. This farm, set to open in the fall semester of this year, is going to be a major benefit for Covington.
The University will be the first to take advantage of this pesticide-free farm, with the cafeteria using crops picked from the farm. A Community Subscription Program, or CSA, is in the works, as well.

This CSA program will allow citizens to get fresh fruits and vegetables every week under a subscription service. Parson is a big advocate of CSA, urging people to not think about what vegetables are needed for a certain recipe, but what great dishes you can make from fruits and veggies that are in season.
Parson is hoping to draw students in through a variety of classes, even those giving credit for working on the farm. Even being there a day to plant fruits and vegetables, then returning a few weeks later to see progress is important for these students, seeing the literal fruits of their labor.
Not only will this be a great teaching experience for students and citizens, it will be a great economic factor by keeping the money and produce in the community. Overall, this is a great opportunity for those in Covington and Newton County. We are excited to see what all comes from Parson’s project, and are ready to eat the delicious, organic, and in season crops that come from it. To learn more about Daniel and his journey, check out his website here.

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