FORSYTH COUNTY — A farmer his entire life, Morris Jennings of north Forsyth was recognized for his commitment during a ceremony Thursday night.
The Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District honored Jennings and his wife, Linda Jennings, as the Forsyth County Farm Family of the Year.
“I feel honored that we were chosen,” Jennings said. “There were probably some better than we were, but we’re glad to be here.”
The Jennings, lifelong Forsyth residents, operate a farm on about 125 acres off Harris Drive that includes a herd of cattle, as well as hogs, goats and chickens. In addition, the family bales hay, which is both sold and used to feed the livestock.
Jennings comes from generations of farmers and was born on the family farm, where he still lives.
“The house I was born in is about a 200-year-old house, it’s still standing,” he said. “My daddy bought the farm, 172 acres in about 1932 or 1933. Me and my brother and my sisters, most of us still live there.”
The Jennings family was selected by Forsyth County District Supervisors Leonard Ridings and E.H. Reid.
“Morris was taught at an early age the hard work and dedication it took to be a farmer,” Ridings said in presenting the award. “Among his other responsibilities, he owned his first calf and pig at age 10, with that began his love of farming.”
Jennings also said his wife does more than her share of work on the farm.
“Linda spends most of her time working hard with her passion for gardening,” he said. “She prepares fresh foods for cooking, canning and freezing in order to have fresh food throughout the winter months.”
During the meeting, the district also recognized the farm families from Dawson, Lumpkin, Habersham and White counties.
Forsyth County Commission Chairman Pete Amos and state House District 97 Rep. Brooks Coleman of Gwinnett County also spoke at the event.