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    Garrison Farm & Home Center in Thorsby has been named the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce business of the month for June. (J.R. TIDWELL/ADVERTISER)

    Garrison Farm & Home Center is located at 20600 Highway 31 in Thorsby. (J.R. TIDWELL/ADVERTISER)

    The Chilton County Chamber of Commerce has named Garrison Farm & Home Center in Thorsby as its business of the month for June.

    Representatives from the Chamber honored Garrison during a small ceremony at the business on June 3.

    “We are ecstatic about it,” said assistant manager Rick Green. “We weren’t expecting it. To be named by the Chamber of Commerce is a big honor for us. I hope our customers see the pictures and realize we are here trying to serve them the best we can, and the Chamber has recognized that.”

    Rick Green has been with Garrison for the past 15 years, while his wife, general manager Teresa Green, has been with the company since its inception in 1999.

    “We carry all kinds of feed and fertilizer in bags and bulk,” Teresa Green said. “We custom blend the pasture and hay field fertilizer. We offer pull buggies as well as the spreader trucks to fertilize the fields. We have all kinds of hardware, tack, chemicals (restricted and unrestricted), irrigation, sprayers, plants, vegetable seeds, dog food and animal health products. A little bit of everything. If we don’t have it, we can get it.”

    Rick Green said the original business, Gulf Farm Service, was located in Thorsby for many years before being bought out by Harold and Mary Kate Garrison in February 1999.

    “We changed the name to Garrison Farm & Home Center,” he said. “We have been here for 20 years — this past February was our 20th anniversary. We are a Christian family-owned company. Harold and Mary Kate Garrison own the corporation. We have recently ventured out more into industrial supply. We are so much more than a typical farm store. We service about 12 counties. That’s not everyone in the county, but we have customers in a 12-county area around us.”

    Rick Green said one of the things that sets Garrison apart from other, similar businesses is still having hand-dipped seed.

    “It’s not prepackaged,” he said. “You can come in and actually see the seed come out of the bins.”

    He said Garrison also has equipment needed for ball fields.

    “A lot of people don’t know we have that,” he said.

    Rick Green said “good customers” and the good Lord are what has kept Garrison Farm & Home Center in business, even at times when things were not looking up.

    “This is a great area to do business in,” he said. “We have a diverse customer base. When we started it was mostly commercial agriculture, like peaches and cattle, but over the years a lot of that has changed. The agricultural environment has changed around here. We have picked up a lot of wildlife management people, hobby farmers and homeowners. God gets all the glory for this.”

    For more information on Garrison Farm & Home Center, visit the company’s Facebook page.

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