Agriculture + Lifestyle

Celebrate Dairy Month with the Book of the Year

Posted on May 20, 2021 12:00 AM

Tales of the Dairy Godmother

Every year, Georgia Farm Bureau donates an agriculture-themed children’s book to all public libraries in the state of Georgia. This year Farm Bureau will donate copies of “Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish”, which was named the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year.

In honor of the book donation and of June being Dairy Month, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you learn more about this popular book and about the dairy industry in Georgia.

  • Meet Chuck the Ice Cream Farmer
  • Listen to "Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck's Ice Cream Wish", read by Lauren Goble, GFB's Ag in the Classroom Coordinator
  • Watch as the Farm Monitor interviews the illustrator of the book, Ward Jenkins, on his experience of learning about dairy farms. 
  • Learn how to illustrate from a pro! Ward Jenkins teaches us all how to draw a cow.
  • The Farm Monitor shows us what a modern dairy farm looks like
  • Don’t own a fancy ice cream maker? Check out this recipe for making fresh ice cream in a mason jar.
  • Go on a virtual tour of a dairy farm.


Georgia Dairy Facts

  • Georgia is home to 130 dairy farmers with over 82,000 dairy cows
  • Georgia ranks 22nd in milk production in the US.
  • In 2019, Georgia dairies produced 205 million gallons of milk
  • Georgia has 2 commercial milk processing plants located in Atlanta and Lawrenceville.
  • Annually, Georgia’s dairy industry contributes $836 million to Georgia’s economy.
  • The top 6 dairy counties are Macon, Sumter, Brooks, Burke, Morgan, and Putnam.

To learn more about Georgia’s dairy industry visit gamilk.org.



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