|Frank and Alta Hughes love their home and have a special connection to it -- it was the house where Frank was born.|
Frank and Alta Hughes
68 and 72, respectively
Alfa Member Since:
Current Office or Board:
Board Member and on Executive Board; Previously served 18 years as president of the Jackson County Farmers Federation
Serves as Jackson County Farmers Federation's secretary, in addition to serving as Women's Leadership Committee chairperson and Farm-City chairperson
Previous Office(s) or Board:
Previously served 18 years as President of the Jackson County Farmers Federation. Prior to this role, Frank served as Vice President and also served on the State Board, along with serving on the FSA Committee in Jackson County for 20 years.
Previously served on State Women's Committee for 6 years.
About Our Farm:
Frank and Alta live in the house where Frank was born. They purchased the house and 22 acres in 1980 from Frank's aunt. After her death in 1998, they remodeled, added on and moved in. They first bought two acres of land in 1962, have added acres that joined, and now have 222 acres. Most of their land is in pasture, and they have nearly 100 cows, calves, row crops, corn and soybeans. Their son, Mack, helps with the cows.
What We Like About Agriculture:
"There is no place better than a farm to raise your children, grandchildren, and now a great-grandson," says Alta. "We are always glad to speak up for agriculture, schools, civic clubs and individuals."
"I grew up on a farm, and I have farmed all my life," says Frank. "I just love farming."
The Biggest Challenges Facing Agriculture:
Frank and Alta agree that the biggest challenge facing agriculture today is the education of non-farmers... getting consumers to see average farmers' difficulties and expenses in producing their food. Noted Alta, "If we don't farm, you don't eat!"
We're Proud Of...:
Alta is proud of being awarded the Jackson County Service to Agriculture award in 2006. She also takes great pride in her home and family.
Frank is proud of being awarded the Jackson County Service to Agriculture award in 2008.
About Our Family and Faith:
Frank & Alta have been married 48 years, have three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. They grew up in the same community, almost next door to one another, and their families have always been close.
Both Frank and Alta grew up Methodist, and Frank's grandfather was a Congregational Christian Church minister.
Alta graduated from high school and has taken several college courses. She has a special interest in art, and loves to paint!
Frank graduated from Pisgah High School, along with Molar Barber School in Atlanta.
A Good/Bad Day Is...
According to Alta, a "really good day" is having all the family there and cooking everyone's favorite foods. A bad day is cloudy, cold, rainy, with no one dropping by.
To Frank, a good day is one with no new problems arising.
You May Not Know...
Alta's hobbies include painting, drawing, cooking, gardening and antiques. Her philosophy: It's not the situation, it's how you handle it!
Frank is a barber and still cuts hair at Henagar's Barber Shop three days each week.