Published online: Jul 30, 2013 Maine Potato Board
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The Maine Potato Board is pleased to announce the 2013 Farm Family of the Year: the Wayne and Gregg Garrison family of Blaine. "My Dad and I were both very humbled and totally honored when I received the call from Tim [Hobbs] notifying us we had been selected to receive this honor from among many deserving farm families." said Gregg Garrison. Wayne Garrison, Gregg's father, started the operation. He graduated from high school in 1960 and went to work at the local bank. Wayne lasted for 18 months as a banker...long enough to marry his bride, Jacqueline (Jackie), who grew up on a farm and had always said she'd never marry a farmer! This decision led the family to the successful potato growing operation it is today. In 1965, Wayne and Jackie purchased their homestead and 30 acres, which has grown into Double G Farms, Inc, the 1500-acre agri-business Wayne and Gregg run today. "My sisters and I grew up working on the farm," said Gregg. "During planting, I worked some land for Dad in the morning before I went to school, he and mom planted with our two-row planter during the day, and after school I was back out in the fields. It was sure a different operation then."