The Wilson Family Peach Farm will be operated by Dr. Jared Wilson and his wife, Susan. During the harvest season and other times of need, the Wilsons will hire contract laborers at minimum wage to assist them. These laborers will probably number no more than six people at any one time. All accounting and bookkeeping will be outsourced.
Dr. Jared Wilson is a native of Georgia, having been born in White Creek in 1947. He attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Horticulture in 1968. He subsequently did five years of research throughout the American Southeast, concentrating on upgrading soil testing techniques. In 1978 he completed his P.h.D in Agriculture at the University of California, Davis. He became assistant professor at the University of Georgia in 1980 and assumed the chair of the James F. Orcott Professor of Agriculture there in 1985. Throughout his career he has continually worked on fruit research, with his most important work being in creating quality and maturity standards for most stone and citrus produce. He has a large number of research papers to his credit and has an international reputation as one of the finest researchers in fruit production and methods. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at various times and is the president of the American Fruit Growers Association.
Mrs. Susan Wilson was born in San Jose, California and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1979 with a degree in nutrition. She obtained her Masters degree in nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1981. She subsequently worked at Mercy Hospital in Athens, Georgia advising patients on eating disorders. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the American Nutritional Educator Society of America.