Feed the People Farms is a small natural farm and nursery growing heirloom and heritage foods using folk-ways and sustainable technologies. We grow high quality vegetable seedlings, poultry, and produce. We are a union recognized company committed to preservation, stewardship, and justice.
Whether its food, fiber, medicine, or building materials: it can all be GROWN. In order to create truly resilient and self-reliant communities, we must know how to grow all our needs. We want to see communities embracing their roots to grow everything they need in symbiosis with the land they inhabit. Our mission is to empower local communities to provide themselves with the skills and materials to grow their own food.
We envision accomplishing our mission through the revival of folk traditions, conservation of heirloom genetics, and use of regenerative methods. We have a small seedling nursery that provides seedlings to locals through farmers markets, independent retailers, and a subscription service. We do short one-on-one consults for beginning gardeners. We raise heritage livestock and poultry products for local markets where most people do not have enough land to do this themselves. We offer volunteer and education days for those wanting to expand their knowledge of gardening and the outdoors, from gardening to making hay and beyond.
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Our core ethics are care of the land, care of the people, and returning the surplus. We use natural and organic methods of farming that has a heavy emphasis on building a healthy soil with a thriving ecosystem by using compost, mulch, cover crops, crop rotation, and inter-planting. These combined methods provide the majority of the nutrients for our crops, aid in pest and disease management, and help to rebuild the South’s infamously damaged soils. We use prevention as a pest and disease management plan, and intervene if needed only with certified organic pesticides.
Feed the People Farms is a member-managed LLC and an official union shop of the Industrial Workers of the World. We treat ourselves and the land with dignity. This ensures a cruelty free food supply and serves as an example to a currently exploitative industry that humane conditions on farms are not only possible, but just as successful.
N. C. “Slim” Brown — a 7th generation Georgian — was born and raised in Atlanta and the surrounding Appalachian and Piedmont regions. Spending most of his young adult life as a factory worker and country and bluegrass musician in Atlanta, he began growing food in a small home garden in 2014, has expanded and explored each year since, and in 2017 received a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Regenerative Leadership Institute.
From 2014 to 2017, Slim worked as a landscaper, gardener, and designer serving several Atlanta area clients. In 2016 an 2017, as a member of the Westside Urban Agriculture Partnership of GA Food Oasis and Atlanta Community Food Bank, Slim worked with marginalized urban growers to develop food autonomy plans in poor communities and food deserts. During that time he also oversaw Covenant House GA’s Help us Grow Program, which provided homeless and at-risk youth garden therapy and education in agriculture, ecosystem restoration, and alternative employment, as well as access to natural food for shelter residents, heirloom seedlings for 20 community gardens, and produce for a partnering catering company. In 2018 Slim began Feed the People Farm with a friend (since moved away) and currently grows food on family land in Carroll County, working to revitalize the old family farm with old family tools and folk-ways, and even varieties that his ancestors once grew. And yes, Slim still plays folk and country music in the area.