Will shares the story of coming home to Mississippi, and learning to grow and sell organic vegetables in a climate where everyone said it wouldn’t work. He shares how they manage the long, intense seasons, their strategies for marketing non-southern produce in the deep south, and his involvement in the policies and politics around organic and local agriculture.
We also dig into how his farm team and community rallied during health and weather crises that came just as the farm was really scaling up, and how Native Son Farm has worked to reshape the land they farm on and the community they farm in to make organic, local agriculture a resilient reality.
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Quotes from the Show
It's just been a series each year of learning by trial and error of more things going right than wrong and then just constantly reinvesting in the farm.
One of the reasons why I had wanted to kind of grow in scale a little bit to be just a little bit of a bigger small farm, is to be able to have more time away from it.
I enjoy progress more than perfection.
Our season here in Mississippi is good for a farming junkie such as myself.
Native Son Farm usedMighty Grow Fertilizer from Alabama, and now uses fertilizer from Nature Safe.
And they use a Schaper Brothers drop spreader to apply it right on top of the beds.
Will mentioned Ellen Polishuk, who was my guest on Episode 010.
Native Son Farm has used Asparagus to Zucchini and Local Thyme to educate members about how to use the food in their shares.
Will is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network.
Will also mentioned two other former guests on the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, the Corinna and Kurt Bench from Shared Legacy Farm and Dave Paulk.