Before beginning organic production, you should visit with existing growers. Three willing growers who have commercial production are listed here.
Tom & Sue Ann Dana
Lumberton, MS 39455
The Dana's operate an organic farm near Hattiesburg, MS. They welcome grower-visitors during their periodic Mississippi Organic Growers' Association gatherings. Call ahead to find out when the next meeting will be held and to get directions to the farm.
7521 Sledge Rd., Millington, TN 38053
Harris Farm is a family operated fruit and vegetable farm that retails most of its produce through a road-side stand. It is located near Memphis, TN. Call Alvin Harris to schedule a visit.
440 Happy Valley Circle, Newnan, GA 30263-4088
Larry farms about two acres of organic vegetables for direct sale. He is located about 22 miles south of the Atlanta airport.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.
VERONA, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University vegetable expert is part of a project designed to support and strengthen organic farming in the Southeast.
Casey Barickman, an assistant horticulture professor with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is working with colleagues from Tuskegee University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and Oregon State University to give organic growers the information they need to develop efficient production systems.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi fruit growers need look no further than their smartphones or laptops when searching for a second opinion on chill hour accumulation.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service has launched Chill Hours, an app that helps growers assess growing conditions that affect plant physiology and prepare for the upcoming growing season.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Favorable weather and a steady consumer appetite for local produce are keeping Mississippi’s truck crop industry strong.
The state now has more than 80 farmers markets, compared to 52 in 2010. These markets make up the main avenue through which truck crop growers sell their goods, but local produce can be found with more frequency on grocery store shelves during the growing season. This trend reflects the shift in consumer preference.