Meet the Farmers

 


Becky Freeman Anderson’s great grandfather, John Wesley Freeman, was the original owner of the Freeman Family Farm. Becky grew up on the farm, along with her sister Mary, and two brothers, Franklin and Glenn. She and her husband Danny were married on April 29, 1973 and have two sons, Benjamin Daniel and William Garrett. Danny owns a diversified trucking business and he and Garrett run a commercial cattle operation.  Following in the footsteps of her father, M.F., who was a substitute rural mail carrier, Becky was the Dover, GA postmaster for 22 years before retiring in July 2012.  She now works full-time at the farm as well as being Nana to her grandson Slade.

Their eldest son, Benji, was born on December 10, 1976, followed by the birth of his brother, Garrett, on July 10, 1980. Benji and Garrett grew up with a love for farming and raising livestock. At an early age, they learned to drive tractors, playing an intricate role in their father’s farming operation. It was no surprise that both were active in 4-H and FFA, where they showed livestock, competed on Livestock Judging teams, and participated in 4-H project achievement on the state level. As an FFA project in high school, they obtained youth loans to purchase tractors and equipment in order to get a head start on their farming careers.

Benji is currently employed by the Georgia Forestry Commission in the Screven County unit, where he has worked since 1999. In 2003, he and Garrett formed Anderson Brothers Farms, a custom harvesting and hay baling operation. On January 28, 2011 Benji and Ashley went on a blind date, and on March 16, 2013 they were married. Ashley is a St. Simmons Island native and moved to Statesboro in early January of 2011. Benji and Ashley reside on the farm and are excited to see what God has in store for their future together. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

Garrett graduated in 2000 from Southwest Georgia Technical College with a degree in Agricultural Technology. In 1999, he began working with Blanchard Equipment Company before joining Georgia Forestry Commission in the Bulloch County unit in 2004.  After 5 years of dating, Garrett and his wife Haley were married on June 7, 2008.  Haley graduated in 2009 from South University School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and is currently the Director of Pharmacy/Staff Pharmacist at Optim Medical Center Jenkins (formerly known as Jenkins County Hospital).  On September 7, 2013, they welcomed their miracle son, William Slade Anderson.  After years of infertility, The Lord answered their prayers and blessed them beyond measure.

The Andersons 2014

Left to right: Garrett, Haley, Slade, Becky, Danny, Ashley and Benji