About Cherokee Creek Farm

Our farm is named in honor of our Native American heritage; Alicia’s great grandmother was a Creek from the south Alabama area and Wayne’s great great grandmother was a Cherokee of the eastern band of the Cherokee Nation, most likely from the north Georgia area. We maintain 100 acres as a wildlife sanctuary and farm a small area. We quickly learned that it is difficult to farm in an area where we also encourage the wild animals to visit regularly! When our plants were mowed down by white-tailed deer, we realized we needed a fence. With the addition of an eight foot tall fence around our farming area, we are able to live in peace and harmony with our animal friends. Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown, a non-governmental organic certification (www.naturallygrown.org). Our farming practices are guided by our beliefs in sustainable agriculture and enduring respect for the land and it’s animals.

Alicia’s Story

I grew up on my grandma and grandaddy’s farm near Gainesville, Florida. Grandaddy grew corn, watermelons, and peanuts, and they raised chickens and cows. Fishing in the sinkhole and ponds, swimming in cold springs, camping in the woods, gathering up the eggs, and running free on the farm was paradise. My family moved away from the farm when I was young for my dad to follow his career with the USDA. We moved to an agricultural area near St. Augustine where farmers grew potatoes and cabbage. I left the farming community to attend college and pursue other dreams. I earned a PhD in Behavior Analysis from Florida State University and enjoy a professional career that is richly rewarding. However, living close to the land has always been in my blood. I returned to the country and farm life in 2003 when we purchased our land in Madison, Florida.

Wayne’s Story

I was born in Coral Gables, Florida, and grew up in the (then) small town of Hialeah, Florida. One of my fondest memories during childhood was being in the garden with my grandfather picking the vegetables that he grew. He always made me wear long sleeve shirts when picking okra! At 21 years of age I joined the army (at the beginning of the Viet Nam conflict). When I completed my time in the service, I resumed my college education and obtained my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. My journey has taken me to several different places during my lifetime and I always had a garden wherever I lived. When I lived in apartments, I had a “garden” on my balcony consisting of containers of tomato and cucumber plants. I have always been interested in gardening and in returning to the country to finish off my walk here on earth. When I retired from my clinical practice in 2002, I was fortunate to have a wonderful wife with similar dreams as well as a piece of land to complete my dreams of returning to the country, have sufficient space to garden, and a place where we can also provide refuge to our wild animal population. Together, Alicia and I have accomplished these dreams.