Best Farm In The State

A Houston County farm is named best in the state of Alabama.

The Forrester family has been farming in Columbia since 1840. Glenn Forrester is a fifth generation farmer. He inherited a 240 acre farm from generations past and grew it into a 4,000 acre farm producing peanut seeds, cotton, cantaloupes, sod, turf, and cenepede.

Forrester farms beat out five other Alabama farms to win the 2006 Farm of Distinction Award.

“This is a recognition to the employees who've been the heart and soul of the organization,” said Forrester.

Twenty six people wake up every day and go to work at Forrester farms. Glenn says the employees are dedicated, including an 86-year-old tractor operator.

Four million pounds of peanut seeds are produced; that is one fifth of Alabama’s total peanut seed production.

Glenn's wife Sylvia produces educated English students at Houston County High School. She was at the ceremony Wednesday and burst into tears when they announced the Forrester name.

She said, “It's just great to know that someone has recognized the works we don’t.”

The Forresters are planning on passing down their farm to the generations to come. The Forresters were given a sign to place on Highway 52 to let everyone know they are the 2006 Farm of Distinction, and they received a gator ATV.