ATHENS – With supply chain issues affecting businesses around the world, a great solution for consumers is to shop locally when hunting for gifts this holiday season.
Consider supporting the efforts and small businesses of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) alumni – and forgo the rush and bare shelves you might find on this year’s shopping sprees.
The Development and Alumni Relations Office has compiled the college’s first annual vacation gift guide featuring amazing items created by CAES alumni.
1. Share the Love Fix-n-Mix Gift Set – All Fixins
Former Brett Tucker (BSA – Agribusiness, ’05; MAL – Agricultural Leadership, ’08) invites you to share the love through pecans with this gift set full of pecan goodness.
This box includes three 5-ounce bags of flavored pecans, one 10-ounce bag of nature, six mini candies such as their Ruckus Maker turtles, Sweet Thang pralines, Heaps’ a Good chocolate coated pecans or their cups of butter. Round Up pecans. To top it off, a spicy 5-ounce packet of Gimme a Hint Pecan Butter is included.
By purchasing this box, you can also share the love with the community, as this box produces six food donation items for children in need.
To find out more or buy a gift, visit allthefixings.net.
2. Brasstown Gift Set – Brasstown Beef
Purchase a Brasstown Beef gift box or certificate in support of Bud Whitmire (BSA – Agricultural Communication, ’10).
A Brasstown Beef Gift Box is the perfect item for the home chef who appreciates the best quality beef for an exceptional dining and dining experience. Extraordinary care = extraordinary beef.
This is a gift you can feel good about because all of their products are sourced from all-natural, cruelty-free, grass-fed Brasstown beef cattle, free of all antibiotics and growth hormones as verified by the Global. Animal Partnership.
To learn more or to buy from Brasstown Beef, visit brasstownbeef.com.
3. 2021 Christmas Fireplace – Vineyards of Cartecay
Former Larry Lykins (BSA – Animal Science, ’96; MS – Animal Science, ’98) invites you to try Cartecay Vineyards’ holiday wine, Chimney Noel.
A Christmas wine just in time for the holidays. Chimney Noel is a sweet nouveau wine with flavors of Christmas berry, candy cane and peppermint sticks.
To learn more or to buy from Cartecay Vineyards, visit cartecayvineyards.com.
4. “Bright Star: The Meridian Trilogy, Book One” – Dallas Anne Duncan LLC
Pre-order a signed first hardcover edition of Ag Dawg Dallas Duncan’s debut novel (BSA – Agricultural Communication, ’11; BSA – Animal Science, ’11) “Bright Star”.
“Bright Star” follows Bridgette as she begins to grapple with an uncertain, ever-changing present based on a past she never knew was hers.
To learn more or to purchase this book, visit dallasanneduncan.com.
5. Peanut, pecan, almond, cashew and hazelnut butters – Georgia Grinders
Former Jaime Foster (BSA – Animal Science, ’99) invites you to try Georgia Grinders nut butters.
From salty to sweet and creamy to crunchy, Georgia Grinders premium nut butters are perfect for anyone looking for high quality clean foods to fuel their adventurous life.
With no added sugars or oils, it’s perfect for grabbing a spoon and digging.
To learn more or to buy from Georgia Grinders, visit georgiagrinders.com.
6. Hardy’s Peanuts Inc. Party Peanuts – Hardy’s Peanuts Inc.
Support the Hardy family business by trying out Party Peanuts from Brad (BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’96) and Ken Hardy (BSA – Entomology, ’93).
Hardy’s Party Peanuts come in four unique flavors: Simply Salty, Sweet Southern Sriracha, Cracked Black Pepper, and Delicious Dill Pickle.
To learn more or to buy from Hardy’s Peanuts, visit hardyfarmspeanuts.com.
7. Canned pepper with mango and Thai basil – Provisions du Piedmont
Support Heather Russell (BS – Ecology, ’00) by purchasing canned food from Piedmont Provisions.
Mango Thai Basil Pepper is one of their more interesting pepper jellies, and it’s a real crowd pleaser paired with blue cheese. Serve with poultry or seafood for a dish you won’t forget.
To find out more or to buy from Piedmont Provisions, visit piemontprovisions.com.
8. Organic Herb Gardening Kit – Hortiki Plants
Former Victoria LeBeaux (MS – Agricultural and Applied Economics, ’08) invites shoppers to check out Hortiki Plants’ Organic Herb Gardening Kit.
The Hortiki Plants Organic Herb Gardening Kit is a great gift for anyone. This kit includes seeds for three cooking classics – basil, chives and oregano – perfect for everyday cooking.
Easily create a productive kitchen windowsill garden with this all-inclusive kit that comes with simple step-by-step instructions.
To learn more or to purchase this kit, visit hortikiplants.com.
9. Frosted Acrylic Dog Bone Ornaments – Hull Design Company
Support alumni Anna Hull (BSA – Animal Science, ’17; MS – Poultry Science, ’20) and show your love for your furry friends by purchasing one of her handmade ornaments.
These acrylic dog bone ornaments are a perfect way to incorporate your furry friend into your holiday decorations.
These are frosted embellishments, which means the sheer backing is textured and slightly opaque for a frosted look. Your pet’s name is handwritten on the ornament for a fun and unique effect.
To learn more or to purchase an ornament, visit etsy.com.
10. “They Inspired Me: My Life Journey from Gardi to Tomahawk Mountain” – The Hill Group Inc.
This is a captivating and inspiring book about Jimmy L. Hill (BSAE – Agricultural Engineering, ’71), a CAES graduate who made a positive difference in Georgian agriculture over a career of more than 50 years.
He’s a master storyteller and his engaging writing will keep you glued to the book.
For more information or to purchase the briefs, visit jimmy-hill.com.
11. Leaping Goat Soaps – Latimer Luck Acres
Support Amanda Latimer by learning about Goat Soaps from Latimer Luck Acres.
Latimer Luck Acres offers an artisanal goat’s milk soap scented with a variety of essential and scented oils. Each bar has an ounce of goat’s milk and includes local honey.
These bars are made with charcoal, clays, salt, and even oatmeal. All soaps are completely natural, with no added preservatives or colorings.
To learn more or to purchase a soap, visit llacresgoats.farm.
12. Pearson’s Classics Box – Pearson Farm
Support Al Pearson (BSA – Horticulture, ’72) and Pearson Farm by purchasing a gift box.
Each set contains one 12 ounce bag of “Elliot” halves, one 12 ounce bag of branded roasted salted pecans, one 10 ounce jar of canned peaches, and one 8 ounce can of chocolate coated pecan halves.
To find out more or to purchase a gift box, visit pearsonfarm.com.
13. RealSweet Peruvian Sweet Onion Gift Set – Shuman Farm
Alum Mason Goolsby (BSA – Agribusiness, ’19; MAB – Agribusiness, ’19) encourages you to purchase a gift box of onions for the chefs on your list.
Sweet onions are the perfect ingredient for all of your favorite comfort foods and holiday dishes. Order a box today to ship it direct to the cooking enthusiasts in your life, no matter the distance or proximity.
To find out more or to purchase a gift box, visit shop.realsweet.com.
14. Can of teXga beef – teXga farms
Former Caroline Lewallen (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’11) invites you to splurge on the teXga Beef Box.
Each harvest season, they prepare a variety of their top quality meats.
The teXga Beef Box includes rib eye, New York striploin and sirloin steaks with their ground beef, steak cube, stew, roasts and ribs to create a tasty package of dream for grill masters.
To find out more or to buy a set, visit texgafarms.com.
15. Natural Goat’s Milk Shampoo – Lavender Mint – Yellow Rose Farm Soap Co LLC
Shannon Lawrence recommends Yellow Rose Farm Soap Natural Goat Milk Shampoo.
Natural shampoo made on the farm, this shampoo contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oils or alcohol.
Fresh and raw goat’s milk from Lawrence’s herd of healthy and happy Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats forms the basis of this product. Goat’s milk has the same pH as our skin, so it absorbs and cleanses gently.
To learn more or to purchase this shampoo, visit yellowrosefarmsoapcompany.com.
16. CAES Brick – University of Georgia
Custom bricks will be placed outside the CAES Activity Center, located on the east side of the Athens campus, opposite the Four Towers building. The activity center is home to the CAES student lounge and the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, a great place for alumni and friends to show CAES pride.
Sponsor a brick and have it engraved to your specifications. Consider personalizing a brick to honor a current or former CAES student, to showcase your business or industry, or to remember a loved one.
To find out more or to buy a brick, visit caes.uga.edu.
Make sure to check out all the products from our talented alumni this year. And don’t forget about local agribusinesses when shopping for loved ones – or even yourself.