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Goodwill Lake Oconee GA farm venture bold

Goodwill Industries hopes its new working farm in Columbia County will advantage its Helms College or university culinary college students and customers who love farm-to-table foods. 

Now, seeds are currently being planted for a much larger sized agriculture undertaking to even more fund the nonprofit’s philanthropic mission. 

Staked by portion of a $10 million reward from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott last December, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA has a deal to buy a 71-acre former dairy farm on the shores of Lake Oconee. 

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The strategy: Establish a new Helms Higher education campus designed all over a lakeside vacation resort that encourages agritourism and delivers applied university student mastering in culinary arts and hospitality management.  

On June 24, Goodwill associates approached the Putnam County Scheduling and Zoning Fee with strategies for Helms Farm. Challenge renderings include things like not only traditional Goodwill retail house but also tutorial properties, a grocery keep, residences, trip villas, a spa and a resort – all constructed all over a 50 percent-dozen farm plots that would improve specialty produce for places to eat throughout the state.