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It's Fall at Unity Grove Farm

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Community invited to pick out pumpkins

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    An antique tractor that was used to harvest hay is parked on the Unity Grove Farm property. People on the hayride get the opportunity for a close up look at the hay harvesting equipment of today and of the past. LAUREN MALEK/Staff
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    Elliot and Andrea Perkins sit on the front porch of their home on Unity Grove Farm. LAUREN MALEK/Staff

Unity Grove Farm is a family owned and operated farm that spans over 100 acres at 257 Georgia Highway 212.

For the past two years, Andrea and Elliot Perkins have been helping Eatonton residents celebrate the Fall season with their friends and loved ones. This year they are continuing the tradition with their pumpkin patch and hayrides.

Elliot Perkins found the farm in 2016 when he was looking for land to hunt on. After he and his wife, Andrea, saw the home on the land, they decided to buy the historic home and the acreage surrounding it. The couple officially moved to Putnam County full time earlier this year after retiring from their former jobs. They said farm life was not always something they thought about doing, but when they came across the farm, they decided that they wanted to spend their retirement years enjoying nature and connecting with others.

“We really just want to be good stewards of the land,” said Andrea.

Unity Grove spans more than 100 acres and features a newly planted pecan grove, a wide variety of fruit trees, acres of rolling hay fields, a robust vegetable garden, seven honeybee hives and an antebellum farmhouse that was built in 1836 and relocated to its current location in 1963.

The Perkins invite people to visit the farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October weekends to pick out pumpkins for carving and décor, take photos around the farm while enjoying nature. There are painted hay bales that feature bees and “spooky” creatures that children can have their photo taken with as well as a few festive photo ops on the hay that is grown on the farm. While there, guests can also enjoy a country hayride around the property while learning about the hay-making process of the past and the current methods they use to produce their square bales.

“It’s interesting to understand the process, so we’re showing them what the old equipment looked like and we go, ‘Okay, so here’s what the new equipment looks like,’” said Andrea.

As the name Unity Grove implies, the Perkins family’s goal is to bring the community together and help others enjoy what nature has to offer. They make a point to host a party in the spring and another in November to enjoy fellowship with people from the area.

“Truly, what we’re trying to do here is to connect people. To help people to see our oneness and to promote that through kindness and interaction,” said Andrea.

According to the Unity Grove website, the farm is a gathering place to promote the unity of mankind. This sense of unity and oneness also encapsulates one of the main tenets of their Baha’i faith, which encourages humanity to recognize its oneness and work together to make the world a better place for everyone in it.

“We have now come to the point that we are truly a global society,” said Andrea. “When we see our oneness, I think we’ll care more about each other.”

The next opportunity to pick out a pumpkin and go on a hayride at Unity Grove Farm is this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18. Hayrides are $5 for anyone over the age of 3, and they are open to guests from 10am-5pm and will be continuing their pumpkin patch and hayrides every weekend in October.