Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens aspires to sustain the success of farmers through market collaboration and capacity building with our CSA and restaurant marketplaces.
Hungry Heart Farm
Hungry Heart Farm is a new certified organic farm established at Decimal Place Farm in 2016. Operated by Matthew Bagshaw and Christi Hanson, good friends and old farm crew alums of years past, (Matthew at Love is Love and Christi at Decimal Place) Hungry Heart is growing diversified vegetables directly for our CSA and other Atlanta markets. Matthew has been continuously farming since 2010 and has experience growing here in Georgia as well as Vermont and Quebec, Canada. He has a passion for DIY projects involving building, farm equipment, and good food. Christi is a registered dietician and volunteers to do recipe demonstration and tasting at CSA pick ups from time to time.
Frolona Farm has been a working family farm for over 120 years in the beautiful rolling hills of West Georgia. Josh and Christina Davis raise grass-fed and finished beef and pastured pork on the farm and believe in offering the highest quality meats that, while being delicious, are also good for the land, the animals and the consumers. To achieve this they engage in sustainable land practices, do not treat their animals with steroids or antibiotics, and ensure that their animals are happy and treated humanely throughout their entire lives.
DECIMAL PLACE FARM
Decimal Place Farm is a dairy goat farm in Conley raising Saanen goats, the breed of beautiful white goats in the movie Heidi. Operating since 1995, Mary Rigdon was one of the pioneers of sustainable goat husbandry and farmstead cheesemaking. They are known throughout Atlanta for their world-class chevre, which is an incredibly mellow goat cheese. Mary is a self-taught cheesemaker and regularly teaches popular classes about her work and passion for animals.
Evie's Country Garden and Country Garden Farms
EVIE'S COUNTRY GARDEN
Evie’s Country Garden is a family farm in Waco owned and operated by Mike and Evelyn Akin. The farm has been in Mike’s family for generations. They raise free range hens of multiple breeds for eggs and were our first CSA farm partners. Mike cares for the chicken chores and Evelyn cleans, candles, sizes, and packs the eggs. They are known for their captivating storytelling and first class whole hog barbecue.
COUNTRY GARDEN FARMS
Country Garden Farms is a diversified multi-generational farm located in Newnan, GA, and the work of the super-talented Cunningham family. This year we are excited to partner with Joe and Ashley Cunningham, who raise happy, healthy chickens on pasture in addition to pastured dairy cows as part of the holistic Country Gardens Farm enterprise. They are incredibly hard-working young farmers that also recently became parents.
Grounds for Empowerment/Farmers to 40 Buyers Club
This year, we are excited to continue to work with the team at Emory University's Center for Social Enterprise, Grounds for Empowerment/Farmers to 40 Buyers Club. They work with three farms in northern Nicaragua, Finca Los Pinos, and female-run Finca El Oasis and Finca Alborada. We will make announcements about monthly orders for bags of whole bean or ground coffee each month. All orders will be aggregated and shipped directly to the CSA for pick-up during regular CSA distributions. Grounds for Empowerment/Farmers to 40 is working to change perceptions in specialty coffee markets to make sure that consumers appreciate coffee producers, especially female producers, as essential contributors to the coffee that we drink.
Pictured: Byron Corrales (Finca Los Pinos) in his coffee food forest in Matagalpa, Nicaragua