The Daily Dirt

We love our farmers!

By Jeff Romig

Eating the perfect strawberry can be a transcendent experience.

This isn’t an experience that comes from a big box grocer, or an experience that comes at a farmer’s market (although you can get close).

When you sink your teeth into the perfect strawberry, it happens in a field.

You’ve just plucked that strawberry, you’ve bitten into its supple skin, and a jolt of sweetness rushes through your mouth.

The air you breathe is clean. The soil your berry sprung from is healthy. The berry is as you might have found it a hundred years before chemicals and pesticides took over our farms.

This is the perfect strawberry.

It’s not only insanely delicious, but it’s being grown naturally, so it’s saving our world.

What’s better than that?

Knowing Chris and Jenny Jackson is better because this strawberry is their labor of love.

Jenny Jack Farm produces impeccably delicious crops daily, while being an excellent steward of our environment, and running a sustainable business. Jenny and Chris grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on three acres of land in Pine Mountain, which sits an hour southwest of Atlanta.

Chris and Jenny farm with a purpose: “In order to protect the life of our soil, as well as the health of our customers, we use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to grow our produce. We farm to provide meaningful work for ourselves and to provide our customers with quality, naturally grown food.”

Moving from conventional to organic farming methods could be the single-most important and effective way of protecting Georgia’s unique environment. Georgia Organics works with farmers like Jenny and Chris every day to ensure that any small farmer in Georgia that is considering transition has access to the support needed. They’re annual attendees at our conference, and we’ve helped them with marketing over the years.

Chris and Jenny are representative of why the members of the Georgia Organics team are excited to come to work each day.

We love our farmers.

“If Georgia Organics was a plant, the farmers would be the roots,” said Perri Campis, Farmer Services Coordinator. “Farm to School is a branch, GFO, Farmer Services, and Conference. In every aspect of our work we aim to build a healthy environment for the roots to grow and thrive, because in reality those branches would not exist without them.”

Neither would Georgia Organics.

“Farmers are the backbone of Georgia Organics,” said Alice Rolls, President of Georgia Organics. “Health starts with soil, and farmers, particularly organic farmers, are ultimately our healthcare providers. “

Farmer Services Director Michael Wall spends his days working to support organic farmers across Georgia because he knows if they thrive, we all thrive.

“Farmers to me lead us toward health and healing, struggle and rejuvenation, stewardship and sweat, and many other contradictory aspects of an ailing food system,” Wall said.

Farm to School Director Kimberly Della Donna sees farmers as our providers and nurturers.

“They take care of us and the earth, making sure we are all nourished and fed,” she said. “It’s always amazing to me that farmers work so hard to take such care with their crops and the land but seldom make time to take good care of themselves. I think that’s why I feel a strong sense of responsibility about this work we do.”

From now through the end of December, we’ll be writing about and spotlighting our farmers and the work of our farmer services team. We hope you keep reading, and to invest in our farmer services efforts please click here to contribute $100, $50, $25 or any amount that’s meaningful to you.

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