STARKS VALLEY FARM

A good bit more than history permeates the valleys and hills along Bolton-Gordon Road in Commerce. This used to be peach country, where growing, packing, and shipping the fuzzy stone fruit employed hundreds. The orchards are gone, and rustic barns are all that's left. But farmer Clancy Bolton is sowing new life into fields along a road that bares his family name. Only a few years old, Clancy started Starks Valley Farm in plots once maintained by his grandfather as a homesteader's garden. Today, the heir to the land cultivates a range of organic vegetables, using the barns and chicken houses built by his forbears as storage for plant starts and a place to wash vegetables for market. Only 24-years-old, Clancy is one of the youngest farmers at the Athens Farmers Market, but his work in the soil grows out of a great tradition.

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