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Farmer Beard of the Week: Michael Shively

michaelshivelyIn serving our state’s farmers, we would be derelict if we did not highlight our state’s farmer beards. They are spectacular and crucial to the local food movement. (Don’t stare directly into them.)

This week’s beard belongs to Michael Shively, a Whole Foods Market store team leader in Atlanta who farms what his wife refers to as a “monstrous backyard farmish area.”

Michael, how would you characterize your beard?
My beard is completely functional. It is there because it grows. It keeps my face warm, camouflages me in the winter, and catches excess BBQ sauce in the summer.

What is your beard care regimen?
I treat my beard like a cover crop. I mow it in the early summer and then let it grow again to provide the skin with protection. I do shampoo and condition it for pest control.

Do you know of a great farmer beard in the Empire State of the South? We want to hear about it! Holler at brooke at georgiaorganics dot org.

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