Why is Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell hanging out with Baby Joe and Fat Daddy? They sound like rappers, but they are, in fact, types of pine trees indigenous to central Georgia. Chuck and his wife Rose Lane own 2200 acres of land outside of Macon, Georgia where they say they grow one crop: pine trees. It’s called Charlane Plantation, a combination of their names.
Chuck has won various awards for his trees and conservation efforts, including Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year. Charlane Plantation also sponsors a scholarship each year at the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.
Chuck even wrote a children’s book last year, The Tree Farmer. Here is a small excerpt from the book:
“Grandfather!” says the boy. “I thought you lived on a farm. You don’t have very many chickens. And where are the cows and the pigs?” Grandfather says slowly, “We grow trees.”
Says Chuck of the book, “I want to plant the seed in those wonderful tender young minds (ages 4-8) about the importance of issues concerning our environment, and especially our trees and forests. Many young people think that milk comes from the corner store…they also don’t really understand about all the wonderful things that come from the resource of wood, and I want them to begin to think about and consider these things.”
Via – SacBee