James E. Cooley's love of farming began as a toddler. As he became a young man, his passion for the family farm continued. He inherited Cooley Brothers Peach Farm from his father Gene Cooley and began seeking innovative ways to grow his business. In 1995 James introduced six acres of strawberries to the family peach farm; today he has 110 acres – the largest strawberry farm in South Carolina.
James is a hands-on farmer who strives for perfection and 100% customer satisfaction. His days start early and end late because, as he puts it, "I rely on farming for my livelihood and I know my produce has to be the best if I want to keep going!"
Kathi Cooley rises early to greet friends in the Strawberry Hill USA Cafe. She pours her heart into each home cooked southern meal, and makes everyone's day a little better with her sweet southern smile.
Jeannie Cooley Roberts, James' only sister, is very proud of the Cooley Farm Heritage. Jeannie followed in her mother's footsteps and became a teacher. She is retired now, but puts her educating skills to good use for farm field trips during the spring and fall months. The passion for farming is alive in every member of the family.
Meet the Daughters (AKA- The Killer B's)
Brandi Cooley-Easler, a 2002 graduate of Clemson University, brought her marketing and management skills back to the farm, introducing the farm's newest successful venture: Agritourism. Brandi welcomed her third child in July 2015. Daughter #2, Brooke Cooley, is a successful Cosmetologist and salon owner in Boiling Springs, SC. Daughter #3, Brittani Cooley Frick is a 2009 graduate of Clemson University working as a wonderful special education teacher in Batesburg-Leesville, SC. Brittani welcomed her first child in June 2015. Daughter #4, Bethani Cooley, is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University working full-time at the farm along side her father, James. Bethani will be getting married spring of 2016.
James and Kathi Cooley also have 5 beautiful grandchildren who love the farm life and hope to carry on the family tradition!