White’s Family Farm

Hey folks, as most of you know there are tons of farms throughout our area, but do you know how much these farms do? Today we are going to be taking a look at White’s Family Farm which is located in Youngville, Tennessee. The farm is owned and operated by John, Demetria, Paul, and Courtney White. Their main crop is dark fire tobacco which is used to make cigars, snuff, and chew, but they also grow produce which they sell to local restaurants as well as make CSA boxes. You can also find the family at the Nashville Farmers Market.

CSA boxes, an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, are monthly boxes that contain fresh grown produce. These boxes are purchased by inner city residents who desire to have farm grown vegetables but don’t always have the access.

The White Family Farm is also a member of Pick Tennessee, which Demetria and I go more in depth into in my podcast below.

https://www.audiomack.com/embed/song/nolan-cornelius/pick-tennessee-white-family-farm

Demetria, the mother of the family, is a regular guest on Talk of The Town and RFDTV, and has become somewhat of a local celebrity.  If you click the video below, you can see pictures of the family and the farm.

 

Upcoming events!

Here are some upcoming events that you can check out in our area!

 

3rd Thursday Art Walk – April 20th, Downtown Springfield, On the Courthouse square, 5-8 p.m., Free event with art vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment

10th Annual Educate a Woman Luncheon – April 21st, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Worship Center, 3031 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN 37075 11 am – 1 pm

Foos Out Child Abuse – April 22nd, Calvary Baptist Church (Robertson County)
2806 Hwy 41 S, Greenbrier, TN 37073, 12:30-5:30 pm, an event to help end child abuse

Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival – April 28th-29th, Kilgore Park, Cross Plains, click link for ticketing, times, and acts.

 

 

 

 

Churches

Our community is loaded with churches of varying denominations. Some look at this as proof of our tendency, as humans, to foster division, but beyond such pessimism is the truth that these churches offer a sense of family and community. The small size of some of these churches has helped them garner the sense of home, and the feeling of security in an ever changing and abrasive world. If you watch the video below you can view a portion of these communities built around the teachings  of Jesus of Nazareth.

East Robertson High School

For myself and many of the people who read this blog, East Robertson High School has been not only our Alma Mater but the Alma Mater of many of our relatives. This school has been a cornerstone of this community since it’s conception in 1950, and my hope for today is to share a small piece of its history with you.

For generations, children in the Cross Plains and Orlinda communities went to separate schools, but in the late 40’s the communities were urged by the State Department of Education to merge their student bodies and build a building that was between the two cities. This building is now used as the local elementary school, albeit most of the original building has been renovated.

 

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Once the home of all East Robertson students, k-12, this building now acts as the elementary school.

 

Since it’s foundations, ERHS has gone through a variety of changes. The school was racially integrated in the August of 1966, in the 70’s rooms were added to the high school to make it k-12, in the early 90’s a new building was built for high school students, and that building eventually acquired new wings to accommodate middle school students in 2003.

 

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The current high school on a rainy winter day. The gym in this building is actually named after David Collie.

 

While the school is, and always has been small, that hasn’t held it back from achieving big accomplishments. Under the leadership of David Collie, the East Robertson Indians won three state basketball titles in 1987, 1988, and 1989 (His brother is the country singer/songwriter, Mark Collie). The current basketball coach, Neil Murphy, even played for Collie during some of the team’s hottest years.

 

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This gym was the original gym built in the late 40’s.

 

It’s safe to say that the character of the town has largely been developed within the walls of its schools. Many families have attended it for multiple generations, including mine. This school has proven to be a quaint little place, and the evidence for that can be found when the community comes together to cheer on its sports teams or school clubs play an active role in the community.

It is my firm belief that ERHS will continue to make a history for itself, and I hope i have given you a small glimpse into it.