When Shirley Daughtry opened the Heritage Organic Farm, it was the first of its kind in the state. To fill what she saw as a void in the local organic produce market, Daughtry launched a form of community-supported agriculture in which subscribers paid to have locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to their homes or neighborhoods. Today, the 20-acre property in Guyton, Ga. (just outside of Savannah) is at the center of a national movement, and in January it will re-introduce service to Hilton Head and drop off goods at the Sea Pines Montessori Academy. Daughtry talked about what it’s like to champion organics in a world where processed food is still king.
Q. Why did you start the farm?
A. I bought the farm in 1980, when I was middle school principal at Savannah Country Day School. I bought it mainly because my daughter was interested — she had a degree in large animal sciences from Virginia Tech. It just so happened that people in Hilton Head heard I was growing organic food. They reached out and asked that I sell to them. Before then, it was a hobby.