Just miles from the heart of Cordele, one man is practicing a unique form of farming.
Fernando Mendez is an organic farmer. His story is one that is unique.
For Mendez, farm life and owning his own farm is his idea of the American dream.
"Viene de Cuba cuando tenia seis anos."
At six years old, Mendez said his family came from Cuba as political refuges.
"We were blessed to be able to come to this great county and here we are," said Mendez with a bright smile.
"De nino sonaba tenia una finca."
He went on to say from a young age having his own farm was his dream.
"When you're an immigrant, you are poor and all you have is that dream," explained Mendez. "But I just worked very hard constantly. It took many many years but finally the dream came true."
Now, some one thousand miles from where he was first born, Mendez has 900 acres of grassy farmland in South Georgia.
He calls his business Marview Farms.
It's located in Arabi and is a family business. He and his wife and one other worker do the labor on the farm.
"I do everything organically," said Mendez. "There is no chemicals that come in here. We practice rotational grazing."
Mendez raises cattle, goat, sheep, hogs and chickens and sells their meat. He rotates them between different areas of his land so they are eating off of different portions and not staying in one spot.
"The animals just thrive in this environment," explained Mendez.
He, himself is thriving too.
"Business has been increasing on a weekly basis," said Mendez. "We are blessed for that."
Mendez sells his meats out of his house and at many farmers markets throughout Georgia. He says thanks to the gift from God, he's now living his dream in the moment.
"Dios me lo dio ahora estoy viviendo en este momento."
You can learn more about Mendez's farm by going to his website.
Every Thursday Mendez brings his meats to the International Farmers Market in Warner Robbins.
On the second and 4th Saturday of every month, he brings them to a farmers market in Jesup, and on the first Saturday of every month, the meats are at a farmers market in Waycross.
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