Category Archives: Our Story

Stories of how the farm came to be and of those who were there from the beginning.

Welcome to the Jungle

After our plane landed in Cancun, we drove for miles and miles and hours and hours through absolute nothingness. And when I say nothingness, I’m not exaggerating. Shrub. Shrub. Shrub. Little itty bitty town. Jungle. Trees. Shrub. Stand-alone store. More nothingness. For hours. And just when we thought things couldn’t get any more full of…
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Steve and Valda Mathis: A Family Matter

The word “family” encompasses all that Steve and Valda Mathis have been working for and with over the years. “The sense of family seems to draw us all together,” says Steve as Valda nods along stating, “Everybody wants to see the family unit succeed. Everybody’s working for the same goal. We always used to say…
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Family Farming at its Finest

Here at Southern Valley, when we use the term “family farm” we mean it in the most literal sense possible. For instance, what we aren’t saying is that we are a farm that operates like a family – although as a family farm that is, of course, inevitable. What we aren’t saying is that we…
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Southern Valley: The Chip Carter to My Joanna Gaines

I’m really not an HGTV kind of a girl. Too many options and possibilities in the design and housing world and too little money and know-how in my world. However, I’ve recently gotten sucked into the world of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit TV show, Fixer Upper. He’s funny and good looking. She’s…
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Ever Wonder What Happens on a Farm During the Winter?

On a brisk January day, Austin Hamilton outfitted in his typical t-shirt, faded blue jeans, work boots, and seed-company-supplied-cap, stands alongside four John Deere tractors and twenty hardworking employees discussing what takes place during the twenty or so days of laying plastic in our South Georgia fields. It is during these winter months each year that one-third of Southern Valley’s fields are shimmied under straight rows of black plastic in preparation for the coming growing season.

7 Things We Are Grateful For

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, we pause and realize just how much we have to be grateful for.  Here are a few things for which we are grateful this year.  1.       Family As a family-owned and operated business, there is no way our farming operation would be in existence without our family.  From…
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