Today I will attempt to address a few questions we get asked ALL THE TIME:
1. Who is behind Amazing Grace Crop Maze (AGCM)?
My husband, Justin, and I own AGCM. A little bit about us – both of our families have been in Clay County for a LONG time. In fact, our daughter is the 6th generation to live on my (Kelly) family’s farm that is located between Middleburg and Keystone. We both went to Clay County Schools. We both work in Clay County. We love this county and our friends and neighbors who call Clay County home. More than we love our farm and our community, we love God. We know that everything that we have, every idea, every blessing, every single thing…..has come from God. We cannot even count the ways God has bless our family and our business and we haven’t even opened yet!
We are grateful for the family, friends, and sponsors who have helped make this possible. We are also very thankful for The Wright Family for letting us lease their land to have the maze on this year. I’m pretty certain they thought we were crazy when we went to talk them about our idea. Not having the maze at our farm could have been a big challenge but, they have been a huge blessing to us!
2. How did you get this idea?
For 5-6 years we have talked about how we think of our farm as pine trees and cows but, folks who to visit us are enamored by dirt, wildlife, pastures, etc. People LOVED coming to birthday parties or gatherings because they were “in the woods”. It wasn’t until we were asked to be on the Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Committee, that we realized there was a name for this: Agritourism. Who knew? We were like….. “we could do that!” We thought it would be summer camps or birthday parties but, for us we had a baby, built a house, life got in the way…..until last summer. We attended a Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference and one of the speakers presented on Agritourism, specifically corn mazes. Coming home on I-10, we talked and said “we can do that!”. So, we prayed about it and embarked on a wild ride that led us here – one week from opening Clay County’s ONLY Crop Maze. We have been preparing for this for a LONG time. We have spent hours and hours doing “market research” (AKA: taking trips to corn mazes). We have interviewed other maze operators. We have put a lot of time and effort into what you will see next weekend when you come visit and we hope that it shows.
3. How did they cut the maze?
We contacted a local surveyor, Mark Hardenbrook, to design the maze. After he did some research, he came up with the design and a plan. Justin planted the sorghum in late June and then a few weeks later, Mark’s crew came out to the site with their surveying equipment and they would show Justin where to plow. We are very proud of the aerial photo and how great the maze looks! Justin did a lot of research about when to plant, where to plant, how to plant….you wouldn’t believe the science and technology that is involved in agriculture! We hope you take advantage of our passion for enjoying the Earth that God has given us to sit back, relax on a (hopefully) cool Fall day and enjoy spending time with your family. See you all in October!!!