I was looking forward to the long Labor Day holiday this past weekend. Our typical week is filled with work, school, studying and LOTS of cooking! The crazy work week while trying to maintain New South Food Company can be a little overwhelming and a two day weekend flies by way too fast. My sister and family came into town to attend the American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While they were away at the race, which they accidentally arrived to 8 hours early, I took this time to visit Cane Creek Farm, which is a certified naturally grown farm in our area that provides educational classes and produce, meat and CSA shares to the local community.
Cane Creek Farm is the result and hard work of Lynn Pugh, her family, and friends. Lynn was a teacher of science and biology for high school and college for over 18 years. During this time, she developed her passion for farming by maintaining a personal garden on her land. After her kids had grown and left the nest, Lynn retired from teaching and pursued her love for farming and living a sustainable lifestyle. She has taken her teaching background combined with a BS in Biology, Chemistry and MS in Plant Pathology to successfully operate a certified naturally grown farm.
Cane Creek Farm grows and changes each year, but the core value of operating a sustainable farm to nurture her family and community remains strong.
The farm’s two main focuses are the CSA and Education.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Over the last 20 years, there has been a huge surge in CSA’s around the country as people have become more aware of where and how their food is grown.
Some information from Localharvest.org about CSA’s:
[framed_box rounded=”true”]”A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return, receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.“[/framed_box]
Cane Creek’s CSA is spread out over five sessions throughout the seasons varying from 6-12 weeks depending on the time of year. The latest CSA options are listed below:
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Lynn has carried her years of teaching and education with her and incorporated her experience into her farm. Her involvement with Georgia Organics, which began in 1986, led to the production of a marketing manual, then to developing a class curriculum on Organic Growing. So it was a natural step for Lynn to begin teaching organic growing classes on the farm, and since 2007, she has been able to meet and teach some amazing students. She continues to consult with a number of these students as they develop their own farms.
A grower who grows growers
What they grow
Cane Creek Farm produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. With a focus on supplying seasonal produce to local families and restaurants, they offer strawberries and lettuces in the spring, squash, eggplants, and tomatoes in the summer, lots of greens in the fall and winter seasons, and shiitake mushrooms whenever they flush.
All of the produce is grown using sustainable, chemical-free growing practices. They also grow flowers for bouquets, and raise cattle and sheep on pasture without hormones or antibiotics and keep a few hens to provide entertainment and eggs.
Where to buy their products