Long known as “The Grower Who Grows Growers,” organic farmer and educator Lynn Pugh was awarded the 2013 Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year Award at the organization’s 16th annual conference on Feb. 23, 2013.
As Broad River Pastures’ Cathy Payne said in her introduction, “for over 30 years, Lynn has been a living example of the heart and soul of organic agriculture.” Pugh studied science, and ecology in college, and went on to teach at the high school and college levels, gardening all the while. In 2001, she founded her own growing operation in Forsyth County. Cane Creek Farm is a four-acre Certified Naturally Grown farm that features a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Pugh never quite shook her desire to educate — for over 13 seasons, her hands-on, intensive farming and gardening class has trained 155 people in the fundamentals of organic growing, and many graduates have gone on to start their own operations. Pugh’s generosity of spirit is spurred by a genuine love of the land and desire to act as a good steward. “The way we live with the environment and the world is important,” she said during a tour of her farm in December 2012. “It’s important to value it, to work with the world we’re given.”
The Land Steward of the Year Award was created by Georgia Organics to honor an individual or individuals who have contributed greatly towards the organic agriculture movement in Georgia. The award has traditionally been given to a farmer, agricultural professional, or researcher who has demonstrated a commitment to the tenets of organic agriculture— soil fertility, biodiversity, on-farm recycling, and water quality— and also the larger community through leadership, education, and outreach.
With more than 1,300 attendees, the 16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo united the two communities most responsible for the health of Georgians—growers who farm organically and healthcare practitioners. The conference’s theme, “Farm Rx: A Prescription for Better Health,” was a banner under which these two groups united over two days at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
The good food movement in the South has unprecedented momentum, and from Feb. 22-23 conference attendees visited local farms, sat in on panel discussions, and made connections with farmers, medical professionals, school nutrition staff, gardeners, teachers, and community groups. They attended workshops on topics ranging from mushroom cultivation to young farmer advocacy.
The conference culminated with a keynote from CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who recognized the important unity of good food and good farms: “We’ve eaten our way into a problem, we can eat our way out of it.”
The Barbara Petit Pollinator Award was given to Helen Dubose, the first female African American in the nation to graduate with an agriculture degree. She went on to get two Master’s degrees as well. For the last 32 years, she has lived on her 12 acre blueberry farm in McDonough, known as Healing Acres, which has more than 250 blueberry bushes and is for many an epicenter of African American agriculture.
The Barbara Petit Pollinator Award honors an individual or organization for outstanding community leadership in Georgia’s sustainable farming and food movement. The award acknowledges exceptional success in advancing Georgia Organics’ mission by spreading—pollinating—the movement throughout community life, such as the food industry, faith communities, public agencies, schools, and institutions. The award is named after Barbara Petit, a committed leader, culinary professional, and organizer who served as President of Georgia Organics from 2003-2009. During her term as president, the organization evolved from a non-staffed, member, and program-driven nonprofit to a professional group with expanded outreach, programs, and communications.
More Georgians then ever are choosing to eat local produce. The number of farmer’s markets across the state increased 588 percent between 2003 and 2008. There’s also been an explosion of interest in Community Supported Agriculture, which are grass-roots groups that directly link consumers to local farmers. There are 35 such groups in Georgia now, a 600 percent increase since 2003.
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Today I was asked why I do what I do. Why do I spend all the effort, energy and thought in this work of growing food and growing farmers? Why, at my age, am I out here, rain or shine, cold or hot, tending the land and the people who come to me? The answer is that this is the life I love. I believe in giving back and passing on that which has been given to me- participating in a community of fellow lovers of the land and good food, who are also seeking to live in harmony with nature and each other. I believe that we need to be mindful of how we treat the earth, and look hard at our practices for the harm they cause that will be evident in the generations to come. I do not want to be one who impoverishes my own grandchildren by the way I have lived. My desire is to be part of a “new” old way of feeding ourselves that will be sustainable and available to future generations. I thank you for the inspiration, encouragement and support you have given to me and the farm over the years. The farm will continue to evolve as we seek to fulfill our mission of growing good food and good farmers!
In 2005, after considering several different breeds, we added eight Katahdin sheep to the farm, chosen because of the quality of their meat. The sheep obviously enjoy our green pastures and pleasing environment, as we have had many generations of lambs born on the farm since then!
In 2010 we became stewards to seven head of Dexter cattle. Like the sheep, the cows enjoy our green pastures and we welcome several calves each year. The native home of the Dexter is in southern Ireland, where they were bred by small land holders and roamed about in an almost wild state of nature. In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle because they thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round.
Our animals live a natural life–eating naturally and behaving naturally. They graze on green pasture, and are fed no hormones or antibiotics. Meat from grass-fed animals is lower in fat and lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Additionally, there is 2-4 times the amount of Omega-3s in meat from grass-fed animals compared to those fed primarily grain. Omegas-3’s play a vital role in every system in the human body. Learn more about the benefits of grass-fed meat at eatwild.com.
When you purchase meat from us you are buying beef and lamb that is locally raised and processed humanely. Your purchase makes a difference!
|ITEM||DESCRIPTION||RETAIL PRICE PER POUND||PRICE PER POUND > $135 RETAIL||PRICE PER POUND > $300 RETAIL|
|ROASTS/RIBS/STEW BEEF||Chuck Roast||$7.00||$6.30||$5.25|
|Sirloin Tip Roast||$7.00||$6.30||$5.25|
|GROUND BEEF||Ground Beef||$6.00||$5.40||$4.50|
|SOUP BONES||Soup Bones||$3.00||$2.70||$2.25|
|ORGAN MEAT||Liver, Heart, etc.||$5.00||$4.50||$3.75|
|FAMILY VARIETY PACKS (Distribution of cuts matched approximately the distribution in the whole cow)|
|20 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$7.25|
|40 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$6.75|
|60 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$6.25|