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The Peach Farmers Film
The first Georgia peaches were shipped to the New York market between 1858 and 1860. They were transported by wagon to Augusta, then by shallow-draft boat to Savannah, and finally by steamship to New York. Georgia earned its “Peach State” designation during the three decades following the Civil War.
Now, more than 157 years since those first crates of peaches left Peach County, a few dedicated families carry on that tradition and protect the legacy established by their ancestors and the many other dedicated growers who came before them. This is their story.
Former news anchor Perry Swanson's documentary "The Peach Farmers" was a part of the opening of the sixth annual Macon Film Festival in 2010. Screened at the Douglass Theatre, "The Peach Farmers" chronicles the history of commercial peach farming in middle Georgia since the development
The Peach Farmers is a unique glimpse into the history of the Georgia peach. Learn about one of the most important agricultural products of the South.. Listen to direct descendants of those who grew the very first "Elberta" peach. The Peach Farmers documentary demonstrates the tremendous hand labor required of the peach industry and the human relationships that made it work.