Glenn and Ella Carter

WG CarterIn 1928, William Glenn Carter, a Christian minister, and his wife, Ella Hayes Carter, purchased nineteen acres in the City of East Point and moved to the site with their three children, Myron, Wyndal, and Ammarie. While the United States was gripped in the uncertainty of the Great Depression, the Carters began what could be considered early Urban Homesteading, developing their property for agricultural production as a means of supporting their family, with successful endeavors in livestock, vegetable production, and the cultivation of ornamental and landscape plants. Both relied on their own experiences as children of the rural farming area in neighboring Coweta County, and Glenn had built upon that knowledge by enrolling in the Agronomy program at West Georgia College before answering the call to ministry. Their agricultural heritage, along with their dedicated application of meticulous study and record-keeping, not only enabled their family to survive the Depression in relative security, but also provided for the nutritional needs of many of their neighbors.

Throughout their lives, Glenn and Ella Carter practiced careful cultivation of the land, passing on theirElla Carter 1 knowledge to their children and to subsequent generations. Each subsequent generation was introduced to the joy of working outdoors, the nutritional benefits of fresh vegetables, the satisfaction of personal accomplishments, the basic business training of harvesting and selling their own vegetables, and the thoughtful stewardship of natural resources. They learned the benefits of working together to achieve their goals, and enjoyed each other’s companionship, both in the garden, and on the porch, shelling peas and snapping beans.

As Glenn and Ella’s children grew and married, parcels of land were allotted to them for their homes, all helped in the garden, and neighbors were also loaned parcels of the garden for their own uses. In essence, the Carter property in East Point served as not only a private property garden, but as a community garden for the benefit of many families. This gardening tradition in East Point continued throughout the lives of Glenn, who passed away in 1983, and Ella, who followed him in 1987, each enjoying the opportunity to work the land until they were physically incapable of continuing. After that time, their children continued in the family tradition of gardening, and to this day, the Carter property produces thousands of pounds of fresh and nutritious vegetables each year, while providing many hours of recreation, physical activity, and spiritual and intellectual growth to those who work the soil.

It is in honor of Glenn and Ella Carter, and the solid foundation upon which they raised their family, that the WG and Ella Carter Foundation was established. The Foundation bears tribute to their love of family, agriculture, Christian living, and community service that they exhibited in all aspects of their lives and passed down to their descendants, not only as happy memories of their time on earth, but as a living heritage to be shared with all.

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  1. What a beautiful website! I want to get involved here, and want to see your education arm specifically flourish and grow!
    Chef Christy Seelye-King

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