Jackson Farming Company Wins the 2018 Grower Achievement Award!

Jackson Farming Company Wins the 2018 Grower Achievement Award!


Brent Jackson (left) and Rodney Jackson (right). Photo by Jeff Hyde

We here at American Vegetable Grower® magazine are happy to announce that Autryville, NC-based Jackson Farming Company is the 2018 winner of our prestigious Grower Achievement Award.

First generation growers Brent and Debbie Jackson and their son Rodney Jackson demonstrate what can be accomplished when you’re willing to aim for long-term success.


The Jacksons planned for a storied future with three steps.

  1. They embrace new technology to increase efficiency.
  2. Sustainable production methods ensure healthy fields each season.
  3. They add strategic crops to lengthen the growing season.

The Jackson Family will receive the American Vegetable Grower Grower Achievement Award in Washington, D.C., on September 24, 2018, during the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference. United Fresh partners with American Vegetable Grower in selecting and celebrating the Grower Achievement Award winner.

The Jackson’s achievements over the past 37 years impressed the judges. Many in the industry think only multi-generation operations can reach the heights Jackson Farming Company has reached. The parents-and-son team of Brent and Debbie Jackson, along with second-generation grower Rodney, show their blend of risk-taking and a long-term focus on sustainability can let you reach great heights.”

What it Takes to Win the Grower Achievement Award

American Vegetable Grower’s Grower Achievement Award honors a single operation each year from a list of industry-driven nominations. Growing operations are judged based on achievements and contributions in:

  • Innovative production practices;
  • Implementation of the latest technology;
  • Industry involvement and environmental stewardship;
  • Marketing efforts; and
  • Business management.

Each year, we bestowed the Grower Achievement Award on an operation that exemplifies the best of the national growing community.

More information on Jackson Farming Company and American Vegetable Grower’s Grower Achievement Award can be found in the September 2018 issue of American Vegetable Grower magazine.