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Behind the Conference: Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson and baby daughter Tulsi

Chris and Jenny of Jenny Jack Farm are in their 13th season farming a few acres of veggies and fruits in Pine mountain, Ga.. They have a 125 member CSA, a thriving on-Farm Market, and have recently expanded their added value products to include microgreens and chocolate. Chris will be speaking at the Alternative Funding: Farming Without the Bank Saturday Session. Register for conference here.

What role do you play in the local, organic food movement?

We are growing nutrient-dense food and selling it all within 40 miles of our farm. We also employ two apprentices each year who sometimes choose to continue farming elsewhere, and we are raising a one and a half year old to love the dirt and eat the seasons.

Why are you excited to present your topic? What are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session?

Two years ago I built a larger, more functional greenhouse with a $9,000 loan from Kiva, an online non-profit connecting people through lending. At the time we were the only farm in the country using Kiva to borrow money so I’m excited to share this potential source of no interest money. Kiva is a super easy platform to use, a way to get friends and family actively involved in your farm, up to $10,000 of up front money at no interest, and  a low cost, impactful way to make capital improvements on the farm.

What are you looking forward too at the Georgia Organics conference?

Eating well, reconnecting with good friends, and going home with a few farm improving takeaways.

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Register for Conference

The 2019 Georgia Organics Conference & Expo takes place Feb. 8-9, 2019 in Tifton, Ga. Learn more about our conference content here and purchase tickets here. Email porter@georgiaorganics.org to receive your member discount code to register and email sarah@georgiaorganics.org to learn about group rates.

Apply for Scholarships

This year, Georgia Organics partnered with Chef Ford Fry to provide full scholarships to Georgia Organics members. Learn more about the scholarships and apply here. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

 

 

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