Cattle farming opens its garden to sunflower lovers
By appointment, Milford Family Farms welcomes photographers and families to visit their small selection of sunflowers
CUMMING, Georgia – A few miles down a gravel road is a working 100-year-old cattle farm hoping to help those still looking for sunflower snapshots. After learning that popular Anderson’s Sunflower Farm had had to close their farm earlier due to record crowds and heavy rains, Milford Family Farm is sharing their small selection of sunflowers with their farm tour for free to the public. Artists are also welcome to use the patch to paint or draw for free. Professional photographers looking to take a snapshot will be charged a fee of $ 25 per hour.
“We heard about other farms that had weather issues, and we suggested that photographers come here,” said Allison Milford, farm coordinator. “This is where my husband’s grandmother planted sunflowers for at least 60 years while she was here married to her grandfather, and so we have always planted sunflowers here.”
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The farm only allows two to three visitors at a time by appointment in order to maintain the quality of the crops and to provide an intimate farm experience.
“We are doing this to keep the farmhouse maintained and to prevent the farm experience from becoming like a theme park,” Milford added.
As the fifth generation farmers strive to preserve the family farm, they are now turning the property into a place that offers new and different experiences to the Cumming community.
“I feel like the farm has been somehow hidden away and not really known. The Milford family was smaller and lived here to take care of each other, so we put our own generational expenses on the farm, ”Milford said. “We not only do the sunflowers, but we also grow small farm items like pumpkins for the fall and we offer the property for nature painting events and weddings.”
Milford started the farm’s’ Fall Family Fun Experience ‘for the first time last year and hopes to continue the tradition this fall,’ you get one pumpkin per family, one fall family photo, a hay walk and Samples of the s’more and apple cider bar.
The “Fall Family Fun Experience” will take place every weekend in October this year.
To make an appointment and visit the farm, you can reach Milford Family Farm by phone at (470) 248-9442.
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