Cashin, 88, and his family own and operate the 173-acre Chukkar Farm as an event and wedding facility, while raising horses and playing the sport of polo.
Chukkar Farm is one of about 30 vendors from the Cherokee County agricultural community that will be at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Agricultural Expo on Friday to showcase the industry as a part of National Ag Month.
“We have concerts, weddings and charity events, so that we are a kind of example of other than a strictly farm operation to be a way to create income,” Cashin said. “I think we are a part of agriculture, a unique part, but we are a bona fide member. We aren’t selling peas and tomatoes, but we are generating income in a different way.”
One postcard promoting the facility says “There’s more than just horsin’ around at Chukkar Farm.” The postcard touts the Chukkar Farm Summer Camp for children ages 4 to 14, which offers participants sports, art lessons, horseback riding, fishing, exploration and team building.
Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility was founded in 1980 by Cashin and his wife, Helen. The farm includes acres of pastures, woods, a river crossing and a 26-acre lake. The Cashins started teaching polo in 1985, and Jack Cashin is still an active polo player.
A big part of Chukkar Farm’s contribution to agriculture in the community is Cashin’s commitment to holding charity events at the venue.
“We do a fair amount of events, when on Sundays we offer the facility to charities,” Cashin said. “People sell the tickets and we play for the event.”
Since 1980, Chukkar and the Cashins have helped raise about $7 million to help others, he said.
“For Parkinson’s Disease we have raised about $56,000 at an event. That makes me feel good that we can make that kind of difference,” Cashin said.
Today, the farm is more a family affair with Cashin’s daughter, Cara Cashin Tadsen, and other family members lending a hand at the facility.
Cashin said passing the reins of the farm to his family is a natural progression and he is glad they have always loved it as much as he does.
“People are using their farms for different purposes, land around here is too hilly to have row crops, but by concentrating on horses, teaching people how to ride, how to play polo, Chukkar has segued from farming to a way to help others,” Cashin said.
The farm is at 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. For information call Jack Cashin at (770) 664-1533 or Cara Cashin Tadsen at (770) 833-1283 or visit www.chukkarfarmpoloclub.com.