The Carolina Bee Company, Todd & Monica, North Carolina

CarolinaBee_NC_todd_and_monica_-_festival_of_legends_2012_-_photoby_Monika_Shakinovsky-c.jpgTodd and Monica of The Carolina Bee Company have been keeping bees for nearly ten years now. They started with just 2 hives in 2004 and now they have up to 65-85 hives scattered throughout Franklin County, North Carolina. Todd and Monica tend the bees together, and Monica handcrafts beeswax candles, bath and body products and CNG honey. Yum!

[Photo by Woodland Willow Photography]

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Herb and Plow, Tennessee

Herb and Plow Farm in Tennessee is Certified Naturally GrownCNG member Chris Arnold penned an recent article in Grit Magazine about her experience with Certified Naturally Grown. Here we learn more about the farm she and her husband Ron own and operate on the Cumberland Plateau in east Tennessee - Herb and Plow Farm. 

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Jennifer Berry and Honey Pond Apiary, Georgia

cJen_2013_-_1.jpgAs a beekeeper and researcher, it'd be easy for Jennifer Berry of Honey Pond Farm to be pessimistic in the face of varroa mites, environmental degradation, and Colony Collapse Disorder; in fact she is just the opposite.

But her optimism doesn't depend on just luck. She and many others are working hard to figure out the best ways to ensure that the future is bright for honey bees and for us!

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Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, Florida

Farmers_and_Sign_at_drop_off.jpgThis week we're thrilled to feature the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, a network of farmers in the area around Tallahassee, Florida. They got started just a few years ago now, and already have a lot to be proud of.

Their two main projects are a Growers' Circle for farmers and gardeners to learn from each other, and an online farmers market to support the economic success of small farmers. Below, read more about what they're doing, and how they make it work! 

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Greg Jubinsky, The Ragged Glory Farm, FL

FL_Greg_Jubinsky_-_The_Ragged_Glory_Farm_2012-09-12_10.37.29_(1).jpgMeet Greg Jubinsky. He's the founder and farmer of The Ragged Glory Farm, a small diversified vegetable and herb farm coming up on it's 4th year of production for market. You might not call Greg verbose, but he makes his words count. Below, he shares a few words about his farm, the local network he's part of, and some dark humor about what he'd be if here weren't a farmer.

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Taos Women Farmers, New Mexico

NM.SquashBlossom.GaelMinton_JessicaMay_30__2012.jpgEarlier this week we featured CNG member Gael Minton of Squash Blossom Farm in New Mexico. Now we want to put the spotlight on the farmer network that she and few other women started in the region - Taos Women Farmers.

A supportive network of fellow farmers, opportunities to learn and share, and only as much responsibility as I have time for? Yes, please! Read more after the jump. 

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Squash Blossom Farm, Gael Minton, New Mexico

NM.SquashBlossom.GaelMinton-marigold-lei.jpgWhile Gael Minton is a transplant to the southwest, the land that she and her husband Ty own connect them to the region's history and the relationships she has built after more than a decade in Taos connect her to the community. Squash Blossom Farm is 2.2 acres of historic land irrigated by the Acequia* del Monte since the 17 Century. [*An acequia is a community-operated watercourse for irrigation.] 

Below, Gael shares about her farming heroes, the challenges of farming at 70, and what makes Squash Blossom Farm such a special place. 

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Mid-Hudson Valley Growers Network, New York

CNGfarmerstwilightmeetingpics--blog.jpgThe Mid-Hudson Valley Growers Network started in 2002 with just a handful of members. Since then, it's grown to include farmers and apprentices from more than 20 farms in the area.

The MHVG network organizes potlucks, farm tours, and has an online forum that members use for everything from advice on onion thrips to arranging bulk orders of potting mix. 

Sound good? Learn about how the network got started, what it takes to keep the network going, and why it's good for farmers by reading this short profile of the Mid-Hudson Valley Growers Network.


Dunton Family Farm/Victory Seed Company, Oregon

Mike Dunton CNGMike Dunton has farming in his blood. He can trace his roots to New England in the early 1620s and every generation has farmed, either exclusively or in conjunction with a trade. The Dunton Family Farm still truly is a family operation currently spanning 3 generations. In addition to the farm, they operate the Victory Seed Company, devoted to protecting open pollinated and heirloom seed varieties. 

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A Dynamic and Evolving Network, southwestern Colorado

Rusty_Laurie-crop.jpgMichele-crop.jpgIMG_1070.JPGEarlier this week we featured Paul and Mary of Confluence Farm, but today we want to highlight the local farmers network that they are a part of. Local networks are not static - they change and grow over time. And this network in southwestern Colorado is not exception. 

It started out with informal discussion groups where farmers and gardeners shared information about seeds, marketing, you name it! Since then local farmers have ordered supplies together, pooled their products to supply restaurant accounts, and more.

Read more about this network of Southwestern Colorado Growers