Sunshine Diaz, left, Amy Senn, center and Patrick Stacey lay out produce as they prepare to put together CSA packages at Rock Star Farms in Forsyth County.
When the Gainesville Times called last Wednesday to request a tour of the farm and an interview, we were happy to accommodate. They had been pointed in our direction by Georgia Organics, who this past weekend, hosted the Georgia Organics Conference in Athens where hundreds of farmers and garden enthusiasts gathered to network and participate in educational workshops.
The resulting article not only provides a nice mention about Rock Star Farms, but gives a great overview on what’s happening on the political front as it relates to agriculture here in GA. Currently there are several bills being presented which will greatly affect small farmers in and around the Southeast. Check out the article, find out how to get involved and remember to always…
“Vote with your fork!”
Here’s an excerpt from the article which appeared in Sunday’s paper
Organic farmers hope to reap benefits from leadership change
Local growers seek policies helpful to industry from new ag commissioner
By Ashely Fielding
Sunshine Diaz picking lettuce at Rock Star Farms Image by Tom Reed (Gainesville Times)
Sunshine Diaz, owner of Rock Star Farms in Gainesville, has hope that the Georgia’s attitude toward small and organic producers will change. Diaz and her husband, who have been involved with Georgia Organics for the last three years, started their own naturally-grown produce farm near Browns Bridge Road last summer.
“I think the more we have local farms, the more we empower our communities, and there’s nothing you can do to stop that once it gets started. And it is started,” Diaz said.
But Nashville-based goat farmer Tom Kuettner said he won’t be looking for any help from the state’s new ag commissioner.
“I haven’t seen anything I like in the ag department,” Kuettner said.
Still, he is looking for legislation that affects smaller farmers and those who cater to the emerging demand for local food.
Visit the Gainesville Times to read the entire article. All images provided by Tom Reed of the Gainesville Times.
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