Aliza and Timothy Cummings, The Gathering Place, AL

Aliza & Timothy Cummings created their farm The Gathering Place around core values of community, healing, and faith. Their 10 acres of fruit, veggies and herbs supply several farm stands and restaurant accounts in their community in Jacksonville and the surrounding area in northeastern Alabama. Timothy and Aliza have been farming full-time together for about five years with temporary help from customers and community members, ages 2 to 80!  

Read on for the story behind their farm name as well as Tim and Aliza’s vision for the future of their farm. 

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Keelan Brown, Farmer Brown's Produce, TN

In 2010, after returning home from military service, Keelan Brown decided to turn his long-held dream of farming into a reality. Farmer Keelan got his mother's green thumb at an early age.Brown’s Produce is a family affair – Keelan’s wife Rachel is instrumental to the operation and their 4 year old son Wyatt helps too. Plus, a few times a year Keelan’s brother Shane travels over 700 miles to pitch in. With fifteen acres of fruits and veggies, a CSA delivery business, and farmers markets, it’s easy to see why Farmer Brown's can use an extra hand from time to time!

Read on to learn more about the virtues of overalls and what Keelan would be if he weren’t a farmer. 

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The Faces of CNG: Lori and Ben Sands, Silver Wheel Farm, PA

When Lori Sands started Silver Wheel Farm in western Pennsylvania, the condition of the soil was so poor she couldn’t even get radishes to grow. Since then Lori, with her husband and farm partner Ben, have worked diligently to improve the soil on their 10 acres. They have literally tasted the fruits of their labors (as have their eager customers!). 

Lori took a moment to answer some of our questions about farming, her favorite vegetable, and when to go to the beach. 

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