SPRING VALLEY ECO FARM
In the classroom, Dr. Carl Jordan influenced generations of sustainable agriculture enthusiasts that took his courses in organic agriculture, agroforestry, and agroecology at the University of Georgia. In the fields of Spring Valley Eco Farm, some of those students plied their emerging plant and soil skills under the instructing watch of Dr. Jordan. Today, the apprentice is also a business partner. Mason Miller, a Madison County native, works alongside Dr. Jordan to advance production on Spring Valley's 73 acres of pasture, farmland, and woodlands. Around the farm, there's a sense of experimentation, attempts at furthering sustainability as well as profit. Duck eggs, a harvest few in the area attempt to any large degree, are a major focus of their efforts. With the help of two farmhands — Vito and Molly — rows upon rows of corn, squash, leafy greens, and root crops grow in fields plowed by a draft horse. Blueberries, a staple crop in Georgia that grow well everywhere, bloom in the shade of paulownia trees, improving the crop in the manner of shade-covered coffee plants. Dr. Jordan, a retired professor, but not a retired educator or farmer, is setting up Spring Valley for future abundance.