By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
We know good organic feed can be hard to find. If you're in the south, particularly North Carolina, Reedy Fork Farm has you covered. They're not only a grain mill, but raise their own livestock as well, so they know the business.
We spoke with Melissa Blanchard to learn more of the rich history of this local institution, and how it's evolved into a premier organic grain supplier. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, Reedy Fork Farm!
Are you interested in featuring your like-minded company on our blog?
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG): How did Reedy Fork Organic Farm & Feed Mill get started?
Melissa Blanchard (MB): We are a 5th generation farm.
In the 1950s, Franklin Teague converted the farm from a tobacco farm to a dairy farm. In 2007 , we went organic and milled our first load of organic feed in our feed mill on Valentine's Day. Today we are a dairy, beef, laying hen farm, as well as a feed mill.
CNG: What are Reedy Fork Organic Farm & Feed Mill's core values?
MB: To provide the best feed, milled fresh, and with only North American Grains. We pride ourselves on knowing where our grains are grown if we don't grow them ourselves.
CNG: How did you make the decision to support CNG as a Business Ally?
MB: You asked, so we did! Actually, we have customers that are a part of Certified Naturally Grown and we want to show our support for what they are doing.
CNG: How does Certified Naturally Grown support Reedy Fork Organic Farm & Feed Mill's customers?
MB: Giving them an outlet to show off their products that were grown the way nature intended, and locally assuring consumers that they are grown the proper way!
CNG: What are some exciting developments at Reedy Fork Organic Farm & Feed Mill our CNG community can look forward to?
MB: The continued growth of our feed mill, and the expansion of stores that stock our feed for our customers convenience. Plus, we plan to increase the dairy side of our farm each year to bring more families Organic Valley Milk.
CNG: If you had a magic agricultural wand, how would you use it to improve farm systems in America?
MB: Have more certified organic grains readily available, and educating consumers on what they are purchasing for their livestock.