Feed the People Farms is a small natural farm growing food of the American South using traditional ways incorporated with sustainable technologies. We are a worker-owned cooperative committed to preservation, stewardship, and justice.
… of traditional foods, of ecosystems, of a way of life. FTP Farms takes a holistic approach to preservation. We grow heirloom and heritage foods for your table. We keep our soils, woodlands, and wetlands healthy and productive. Farming and living hand-in-hand with nature, and with each other, is our traditional way-of-life. We aim to preserve it and share it.
… is the basis of farming. If farmers don’t take care of the land, we destroy it. Cultivating the land will cause a lot of damage if it is not done with care. Damaged land will not grow much of anything and so, we believe all farmers must act as stewards. For us, it’s a no-brainer: If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you. We don’t inherit the Earth, we borrow it from our children.
… means balance. If anyone is starving, then all are hungry. We partner with grassroots activists in our region to keep our farm running, and in turn we help feed social justice movements. By partnering with groups like the Industrial Workers of the World, Gangstas to Growers, The Teardown Community, Inhabit, and South Bend Commons, we feed the roots to free the people.
Support us in our mission in the preservation of endangered livestock and crop varieties, folk ways, and the restoration of our natural resources! Thank you for your contribution!
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.
The Browns and the Shacklefords have been in Georgia and western North Carolina for over 200 years, and N. C. “Slim” Brown—born in 1987—has spent his entire life living in Atlanta and the surrounding Appalachian and Piedmont regions. You could call him somewhat of an “heirloom” himself. 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; performed design and management for Bolton Urban Gardens; worked with marginalized growers to develop food autonomy plans in poor communities and food deserts as a member of the Westside Urban Agriculture Partnership of GA Food Oasis and Atlanta Community Food Bank; and oversaw Covenant House GA’s Help us Grow Program, providing 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). Slim currently grows food on family land in Carroll County and 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.