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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Judith Winfrey


Love is Love Farm

Judith Winfrey is an Atlanta native, the granddaughter of a sharecropper known as Shorty. She studied linguistics and worked in web development when the Internet was new and exciting. Shortly before she turned thirty, Judith decided to give up her daily grind to work at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. This decision would ultimately leave a deep imprint on the local food community in Atlanta, sparking the creation of “Joe & Judith.” It was there she met her sweetheart, Joe Reynolds. Their first date was the Sunday meal at a Hare Krishna temple. Both shared a deep affinity for community and local food. Joe apprenticed for Nicolas Donck at Crystal Organic Farm, working alongside Helen Dumba. Judith worked for several organizations, including Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and Georgia Organics. Love is Love Farm started when Skip Glover placed his card on Judith’s desk and left a message for Joe to call him. In 2007, the couple moved to Douglasville to farm Skip and Cookie Glover’s land. For two years, they worked side by side, endured a devastating flood, and learned to live together in a trailer. In 2010, they moved Love is Love Farm to Gaia Gardens, five acres connected to Atlanta’s East Lake Commons Co-housing Community. They grow diverse varieties of produce on an acre and a half of the land. In Georgia, “Joe & Judith” are synonymous with the strength and beauty of the local food movement.

Date of interview:
2013-08-04

Interviewer:
Sara Wood

Photographer:
Sara Wood

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