Seeds and Stems Farm produces naturally grown vegetables, fruit and cut flowers, as well as live plants, while preserving the integrity of the natural environment in which we grow, and providing superior products at reasonable prices so that they may be available to all members of the northeast Georgia community.
Farming in Georgia is a particularly unique experience that offers many benefits and some challenges. Our Piedmont soil is very old and very eroded which leaves a low pH level and a high level of clay. This is not a favorite combination for a lot of plant species. Growing here takes practice and patience and plenty of trial and error. However growing seasons here are very long compared to many other regions and it is possible to grow all year.
On our Farm we use minimum tillage, varied cover cropping, and we rotate our plots to maximize soil health. We use drip and other micro irrigation systems for ideal water efficiency. Our fertilizers are all plant or animal derived and we compost our field waste and animal waste. We use straw and plastic mulch to maximize water uptake and retention and to minimize weeds and erosion.
There is a lot of debate among small farmers as to what type of certifications to pursue. We have chosen to pursue Naturally Grown certification as opposed to Organic Certification for a number of reasons. We believe Naturally Grown certification provides the best framework for running a sustainable farm. It is an internationally recognized system that very closely parallels certified organic regulations. While Certified Organic is a great aspiration, it is more appropriately suited for a large scale farm operation. Our end goal is to sell locally to local people and in order to accomplish that, Naturally Grown certification suits our needs. Finally, we love the peer to peer connection that Naturally Grown certification provides. Certified Naturally Grown farmers are required to visit and assess the farms of other local CNG farmers. This provides opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and practices that can be invaluable to an operation’s success.
Thank you for your interest in our operation! We love our jobs and and are so happy to be able to share what we do with our community. For us, farming is a job that is varied and interesting on a daily basis. It is a profession that rewards effort and investment both immediately and over time. We are able to work outside every day and continually expand our expertise and in turn our goals.