History made at farmer awards ceremony in Headland

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HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — Henry County showed appreciation to the people who work to feed Wiregrass families every day: farmers.

They did this with a special awards ceremony held at the Todd Syrup Farm.

One award made history. Jared Dozier is the first black man to receive Farm Family of the Year in Henry County.

“It’s an honor and pleasure, but it’s all through the grace of God because without him where would we be,” Dozier said.

Dozier believes growing fresh vegetables is the best way to take care of the community because that’s how his family eats. He lives by the motto “you live off the land,” and his family couldn’t be more than proud of this honor.

“I think it’s a great thing; I’m excited, so proud of him, and think it’s a wonderful honor.” his aunt Barbara Hollis said.

“My daddy he’s just remarkable he’s phenomenal and great on the inside and out.” daughter Ashley Dozier said.

Meanwhile, farmer Olice Carter is continuing his family history. His family has been farming since 1824!

He received the Century Farm Award and gave thanks to his family for setting the foundation for him to be able to accept the award on his behalf.

“They did all the groundwork,” Carter said. “I’m just sort of here to get a plaque and say yes, but I’m happy.”

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