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A sixth generation in line at Garber Farms

The company video shows a potential sixth generation playing in a yard belonging to the Garber family.

Their future appears to be in good hands, after the first five generations have grown grains and vegetables in South Louisiana since 1881. Sweet potatoes and rice are the featured commodities on the 5,000-acre farm operated by Garber Farms, located in Lota, LA.

Garber-4-generationThe Garber family. Pictured standing left to right are Wayne, Matt, Daniel, Oliver, and Michael; and seated left to right are Walter and Eula.Matthew Garber told The Produce News that his firm recently added 120,000 bushels to its storage facilities. Garber Farms now operates 800,000 bushels of cold storage that has humidity, air flow and temperature controls for storing sweet potatoes. This is part of the company’s food-safety standards, which satisfy domestic and international buyers.

Matthew and his brother, Michael Garber, work with their father to operate the farm. The three men all earned degrees from Louisiana State University.

Matthew Garber said a lack of moisture has put the fall sweet potato harvest well behind schedule.

The harvest began in mid-September.