Third Quarter Safety Initiative Winner

Patrick Family Farms, LLC - Winner of AgriTrust of Georgia Quarterly Safety Initiative for 3rd Quarter 2019

Bogart, Georgia –November 1, 2019 – Congratulations to Patrick Family Farms, LLC of Omega, Georgia for being named the 3rd Quarter Winner of the AgriTrust of Georgia Quarterly Safety Initiative.  Gibbs Patrick, Sr. started Patrick Family Farms in 1954 with fifty acres and a love of agriculture.  Sixty-five years later and three more generations, Patrick Family Farms, LLC has become one of the premier vegetable producers in the country. Not all of those sixty-five years have been easy, but farming is never easy.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and flooding have destroyed their crops, but it was an infestation of weevils that made the strongest impact. In 1992, Sweet Potato Weevils attacked the sweet potato seed stock, and Gibbs Sr. made a decision to let the next generation take over.  Gibbs Patrick, Jr. took the challenge and moved away from sweet potatoes and concentrated on vegetables.  Now with his oldest son Gibbs Patrick, III (Jaime), Gibbs Jr. has taken Patrick Family Farms, LLC to a new level of success.

Farming over 4,000 acres and operating a packing facility with over 15,000 square feet of cooling space takes a lot of man power.  Patrick Family Farms,LLC has had great success using the H2A: Temporary Agricultural Employment program to find the 250 employees needed to keep the operation running smoothly.  With that many employees, a strong safety program is essential.  Patrick Family Farms, LLC also realizes that their employees are their best resource, and keeping them healthy and safe is one of their main goals.  Some of their safety trainings include health and hygiene, forklift safety, food handling safety, and pesticide awareness.  Because of their dedication to safety, Patrick Family Farms, LLC was selected as the winner of the AgriTrust of Georgia’s Quarterly Safety Initiative and has been presented with a check for $2,000.00.

AgriTrust of Georgia is a group self-insured workers’ compensation fund that provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage for the agricultural industry in the state of Georgia.  The Quarterly Safety Initiative is designed to encourage all of the fund members to participate in an active safety program.

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Watkinsville, GA