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Rag & Frass Farm: Farmer to Farmer Profile

publication date: May 1, 2020
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Julia Asherman appeared on my radar screen a number of years ago because she was a regular presence at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conferences where I’ve spoken many times. Colleagues pointed her out to me as a person to watch because she was tough and smart and she was going to make something of herself as a farmer. We became conference buddies. So, when I had the good fortune to get invited to speak at the Georgia Organics Conference in Athens this winter, I knew right away I wanted to take that opportunity to visit Julia at her place, Rag & Frass Farm in Jeffersonville, Georgia.

Julia had described her place to me many years back as being an old motel property. My imagination conjured up a stark setting with a big parking lot and a sterile Howard Johnson type building. I just couldn’t quite mesh the word “motel” with the idea of a farm. Finally, upon arriving at the site on a rainy Thursday in February, I saw that the word I hadn’t emphasized properly was “old.” The motel building is well off the road, hidden behind trees and shrubs and vines, and was probably in its heyday way back in the 1940s.

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