In the early 1900's, Leona Wells Forrester, Keith's Great Grandmother, a widow with four children, settled in Whitton, Arkansas.  Leona came to Whitton to seek life
   as a sharecropper as a means to support her family.  For many years she, and her sons worked as sharecroppers, and through those humble beginnings, the Forrester         Family farming legacy was born.  Jess Forrester, son of Leona, and his wife Helen, took on the responsibility of expanding the farm.  Over the next several years Jess           spent many days behind a mule and plow, raised show horses, and was able increase the family's acreage tenfold.  Jess and Helen were blessed with 5 children, and           after decades of raising crops, Jess was able to retire from farming.  Eventually the land was passed on to Jess and Helen's children, Doug, Willis, Bob, and Phillip.               Peggy, their daughter, passed away at the tender age of 3.  
   Phillip Forrester, son of Jess and Helen, (Keith's Dad), married Mary Virginia, together they spent the next several decades raising cotton and soybeans.  Phillip and Mary     Virginia had 3 children, Mary Helen, Paul, and Keith.  In 1974, The Phillip Forrester Family was named Farm Family of the Year representing Mississippi County,                   Arkansas.  For many years, Phillip made refurbished farm equipment during the winter months, served on the local bank board, and school board in Wilson, Arkansas.         Mary Virginia taught school, and took great care and pride in the raising of their three children.  In 1996, Phillip retired from farming.  He passed shortly thereafter due     to ALS.  A scholarship at Arkansas State University was established in his honor by family and friends.  Mary has since remarried and still lives close to the farm.  She         spends her free time loving on her children and grandchildren alike. 

​   In 2002, Keith and Jill Forrester moved back to the house Jess Forrester built, to reside at the farm.  The following year, Keith and Jill decided to take their plot of land       in a different direction by growing fresh produce, herbs, and cut flowers. After specialty crop farming for twelve years, Keith and Jill Forrester were named Mississippi       County's, and Northeast Arkansas' Farm Family of the year, (2014) exactly forty years after Phillip and Mary had represented the county.

   Fast forward to 2018, we've been farming fifteen years now, and have an incredible 6 year old son, and several critter friends we care for, and care for us.  In the fall of     2017, we added Bryan Dennis to our team, along with his lovely partner and artist, AmyLynne Hofstetter. 

   We also have the talented Norwood Creech (our artist in residency) capturing the essence of farmlife on a daily basis.
   Together we will grow, eat, and spend the days scouting at the land, and dreaming of ways in which to leave it better than we found it.   
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about our family farming tradition.  Keith & Jill Forrester

                                                                               
* Specialty crop farming 15 years – Certified Naturally Grown (3 yrs)
* Small Business Start-Up (Agricultural / Restaurant) Whitton Farms (15 yrs) Trolley Stop Market (8yrs) 
* Greenhouse Management and Crop Selection expertise in Mid-South climate  
* 15 years experience with direct market sales 
* Wholesale Market Sales – Whole Foods, Market, Miss Cordelia's, New South Co-op, Bring It Food Hub 
* Commercial Kitchen Start–Up (est. Whitton Farms Cannery, Memphis TN  (3yrs) 
* Farm to Table Restaurant Management – Trolley Stop Market Owner/ Operator 8 years 
* Vertical Integration of Agri-business  (Whitton Farm & Trolley Stop Market)
* Social Media /Website Development – (Whitton Farms, Trolley Stop Market, Whitton Farms Cannery) 
* Well connected with farmers in the Mid-South 
* Team Building and Staff Development  
* Food Hub Development – Co-founded Bring It Food Hub, Memphis, TN 
* Farmers Market Development – ASU Regional Farmers Market,  Board Member  
* Memphis Farmers Market Vendor Committee 6 years 
* New South Produce Cooperative Board Member - Jill Forrester / Treasurer

* Strong Communication and Public Speaking Skills: Speaker at SSAWG, Arkansas Garden & Flower Show, Arkansas Farmers Market Conference, Farm to Table Conference, ASU Plant Society, Arkansas Master Gardeners 
* Farm Events Developed and Hosted at Whitton Farms: Feastival (fundraiser for Memphis Farmers Market, Endless Feast Dinner –nationally televised show, A Fine Country Dinne- fundraiser for The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas, Whitton Farms Fall Festival, Celebration of Flowers, yearly farm tours with schools, philanthropic organizations, social clubs.

                  Are you searching for proven techniques to help your farm succeed year after year?  We can help you!

                                                                       We offer consulting in the following areas: ​ 

                              Developing a business plan | Website construction |  Viable social media presence |  Crop planning | Sustainable farming practices 
                                                Weed and pest management | High tunnel construction | Good accounting practices | Grant opportunities


















Farmer Rate  - $100.00 per hour
Farmers, $100.00 an hour may seem steep, but significant information can be exchanged in one hour that could take your farming operation to the next  level.  Our fundamental goal is for you to adapt to advice given, and the result be greater financial stability for your farming operation.  

 Cut Flower Cultivation    *    Farm Fresh Floral Design

 Our Farm Story    *    How to Promote Your Farm    *    Basic Back Yard Garden

Foundation / Business Rate - $125.00 an hour
At Whitton Farms, we are fully committed to furthering the local food movement in the Mid-South.  We are certain locally grown food can be mainstreamed, if the proper plan is developed and implemented.  We are confident the Mid-South can be a nationwide leader in local food production and consumption. We have the farmers, the land, and natural resources to bring this idea to fruition.   If your foundation or business aligns with our mission to further the local food movement, contact us at whittonfarms@live.com to schedule a consultation.  We would love to assist you. 

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Keith and Jill Forrester have been farming produce, herbs, and cut flowers in the Arkansas Delta for the past 15 years.  If you're a beginning specialty crop farmer, or have a few years in, but are looking to expand your operation, email the Forresters at whittonfarms@live.com to schedule a consultation. We also offer tours, and schedule speaking engagements throughout the year. 

Guest speaking engagements are $100.00 per hour with travel expenses covered by client. 
Rate subject to change based on outline of program. 

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