Southern Belle Farm including ‘Kindness Works’ initiative

Special to The Times

Just like the previous 10 years, Southern Belle Farm, a 330-acre working farm just south of Atlanta, Georgia is getting ready to open their fun fall season on September 17. The farm will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays through November 6, and will also be open Friday nights in October.

Each year a new design is created and cut into the giant corn field maze, but this year, the maze design has a big purpose. “We want to make a meaningful impact in the community” said Jake Carter, the farms Owner/Operator.

This fall the corn maze at Southern Belle Farm features the logo for “Kindness Works - Pass It On.” Special photo

The phrase “Kindness Works - Pass It On” is etched in the nearly four acres of corn stalks. This special cause was started back in 2004, as a way to honor and memorialize Hunter, the son of Buddy and Kit Welch. Hunter was a local student in Henry County, who in his short life made it his mission to be kind to others. He passed away in 2004, but this endeavor has spread far and wide in the community. Officially designated by the Georgia House of Representatives through House Resolution 1302 during the 2012 General Assembly, Kindness Week in Georgia is now recognized during the second week of November every year.

The resolution was introduced by Hunter Welch’s brother, State Representative Andy Welch. “I felt like if one child has been helped, it’s all worth it,” said Kit Welch, mother of the late Hunter.

“Our family wanted to help spread ‘kindness’ in our community, and support this wonderful initiative started by the Welch family, which is why we adopted this as our 2016 Fall Theme. We will be recognizing some unsung heroes and charities who do great work in our local area throughout the fall season,” said Carter. Visitors can wander through the corn field and get lost -- yes, it can be fun to get lost! “We enjoy opening our family farm to see many visitors year after year making fun memories together” continued Carter, who is a 5th generation farmer. The farm has over 20 fun attractions for all ages, which include pig races, a hayride, cow train, and lots of farm animals, which can entertain for hours! Plan your visit to the farm this fall at, and be sure to check out the charitable organizations on their Facebook feature each week during the fall.

“We hope the community continues to embrace this year’s theme, and will demonstrate what kindness means and carry out these efforts in our schools, neighborhoods, sports teams, families and beyond! All it takes is one small act of kindness to impact one person in a positive way,” shares Ansley Glenn, who represents the farm in their marketing and public relations. This is something everyone can take part in, whether writing a kind note to someone, baking cookies, or giving a compliment to someone. “It’s as simple as that, and encourages folks to think of others,” continues Glenn. “Be kind and have fun with it!”

Join in the “Kindness Works - Pass It On” initiative this Fall. Admission covers the corn maze and farm activities. The farm also sells a variety of pumpkins, fall decor and delicious goodies at their new Country Market and Bakery, that will be open to the public daily starting September 17. For more information, visit Southern Belle Farm on Facebook or online at Southern