The Straw Farm is a true family farm, located within a 45 mile radius of Cordele, Ga. Chris Rogers, who lives in Smyrna with wife Vonda, kids Jack and Cece, and 2 Boykin Spaniels, Remi and Gurley. Chris is a sixth generation farmer, and grew up on a family row crop farm in Cordele. His family got out of farming in the early 1980’s due to the very tough farm economy. In 2009, Chris bought a 180 acre farm between Cordele and Ashburn. It became the first commercial pine straw farm for The Straw Farm.
That first year, in 2010, Chris bought a $3,000 Grey Freightliner Semi Truck and began shipping premium Longleaf Pine Straw to Four Seasons Pine Straw in Acworth, Ga, who is still today a customer. The farms produced roughly 80,000 bales that first year. Chris bought another large farm with a partner in 2011. 2011 also saw The Straw Farm take on Pine Straw King Landscape Supply Company in Marietta, GA. PSK Landscape Supply is our biggest wholesale customer today. More semi trailers were purchased, and a second truck was added.