Allen Miles is a native of Baxley, GA, where he attended Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, GA; he majored in civil engineering and business administration. He is married to Dorothy Rich; they have one son, Jamin
and he is a family farmer.
Allen has been active in the blueberry industry since 1993 when Miles Berry Farm was formed by Allen and his father, Jimmy Miles. Miles Berry Farm is fresh market oriented, with a ratio of 75% fresh and 25% process. The farm has been very active in planting new varieties of blueberries.
In April, 2006, Allen purchased Miles Sunbelt Blueberry Corp. with approximately 150 acres of productive blueberries. Keeping up with diversity Miles Berry Farm began the transition to organic growing with…blueberries, of course.
They can also provide you with a healthy variety of organic vegetables plus enticing organic strawberries.
Along with their own produce, Miles Sunbelt Blueberry Corp. has a warehouse that packs for approximately 15 growers. The warehouse is capable of packing fresh, fresh process and organic blueberries to include washing and freezing produce and shelling peas.
Allen has actively promoted blueberries as a member of several organizations. He is a member of the Appling County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the Blueberry Growers Association, and MBG Marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association. Allen is also working toward maintaining a year round production so he might be able to provide a steady and skilled labor force.
With his dedication to farming from his start as a long time, large-scale blueberry grower and gradual transition to certified organic grower, Allen has proven himself not too shabby for a 'family farmer'!