Lee County couple 5 years in as first generation farmers

LEE CO., AL (WSFA) - Beth Hornsby remembers about five years ago when her husband, Josh, thought it was time to try something new, despite a good paying job with good insurance.

"I thought he was crazy," she said.

Not anymore. Welcome to Hornsby's Farm in Macon County.

"We've gained a lot of valuable time with our children, so we didn't give up anything," said Hornsby.

The 300 acres Josh Hornsby inherited are covered with squash, okra, corn and so much more. The Hornsbys are first generation farmers, something we're seeing nationwide.

"Got somebody next week interested in starting a farm so we'll show them how it works," said Hornsby.

Seven days a week and at least nine hours a day, Beth has braved the heat, the cold and the bugs to make it a go. And along the way, she's learned a few lessons that continue to take root and grow.

"Trust your instincts. If a plant is not doing too well, don't try to push it," she said.

In addition to their row crops, Beth and Josh also sell pickles, peppers and jams which account for about 60 percent of their business, all home grown.

"Restaurants really love to have that aspect to connect their customer with the local farmer," Hornsby said.

The Hornsbys are five years into their new venture and so far no regrets. Their leap of faith is paying off. Everything that's grown here serves six restaurants in the Auburn area.

"We're pulling it and within an hour we deliver it to the restaurant," she said.

Beth Hornsby knew going in this way of making ends meet was not for the faint of heart. It's hard.

"Any day is different," she said.

With her wagon full of squash, Beth Hornsey hasn't looked back. Living the dream, on the farm.

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