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 Farms 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.
Daughters Brandi Cooley-Easler, a 2002 graduate of Clemson University, and Bethani Cooley, a 2012 graduate of Clemson University, work long days alongside their father James. As Vice President of Strawberry Hill USA, they handle the details that ensure the farm continues to bring the highest quality fruit from the fields to your table. The daughters have also brought agri-tourism to the farm.
Daughters Brooke and Brittani have other career interests, but lend a hand when they can. James Coley and his sister, Jeannie Cooley Roberts are very proud of the Cooley Farm Heritage. Jeannie followed in her mother's footsteps and became a teacher. The passion for farming is alive in every member of the family.