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A big part of our CSA is the Community it builds. At New South we strive to foster that community with our farmers, staff, and shareholders by keeping things fun and inventing good reasons to get together. We hosted our first CSA Happy Hour on the 2019 season on May 6th thanks to our team of community partners at Bernice Gardens, The Root Cafe, and Stone's Throw Brewing. Bernice Garden provided the perfect backdrop for our shareholders to mingle. We served our favorite Local Rosemary Lemonade next to Stone's Throws sixtel. Kids filled the air with bubbles and we all filled our bellies with springtime snacks prepared by The Root's Jon Arrington. Lark in the Morning even came out to play! Thank you everyone for coming out to hang out. Join our newsletter and our CSA to received your invite for the next round of events. Check out the photos from the event...

[caption id="attachment_3388" align="alignright" width="300"] Round Mountain roasts all their beans fresh in house at their Conway, Arkansas shop.[/caption] Round Mountain Coffee was founded in 2016 by Scott Forbush and Kyle Sackoff in Conway, Arkansas. Scott, Kyle, and the RMC team love everything about coffee. From the farms who grow the beans to the roasting to meticulously timed pour overs to their community of coffee drinkers, RMC pursues excellence in coffee for the love of the craft and their community. RMC imports their coffee from Olam Specialty Coffee, who ensure that every bean is sourced farms that grow their coffee ethically. The beans are then roasted fresh in-house at their Conway shop. You can get Round Mountain Coffee in the New South CSA this season by joining now and adding the Local Makers Medley to your share. We'll be featuring three of their most popular whole bean roasts: Pinnacle Blend, Ouachita Blend and Brazil Single Origin. Pinnacle Blend: SWEET TOFFEE, BROWN...

Written by Claire Bullard of Airship Coffee. Get Airship Coffee in our CSA this season.  Great things happen when shared values align between two organizations working to create a more sustainable food system. At Airship, our mission is to go above and beyond to elevate coffee and the lives of those it touches. We are deeply involved at the farm level and committed to using our talents to develop amazing coffee through relationships that are built on trust. We work alongside growers, experimenting with techniques, testing ideas in the field, and sharing what we learn to improve the crop. Our commitment at the farm level is how we make your coffee better. There are few things that bring us more joy than connecting conscious consumers with amazing coffees that were crafted by skilled coffee growers. Through our long-term partnerships we bring you coffees that are the product of hard work and ingenuity. One of...

This International Women's Day, we honor Jill Forrester at Whitton Farms. She generates much more than your traditional flower power as the New South Board Chair, mother, and business owner X2. Jill lives the flower power mantra every day. Over the last 16 years, their farm has grown from a sprinkling of zinnia seeds to a solid agri-business that beautifies and feeds their community (and the New South CSA)! During her time as chair, Jill has stewarded New South through several big milestones: We've opened up Wholesale business to include all local small growers, welcomed 13 Certified Naturally Grown and Certified Organic farms into membership, and we're opening a Memphis hub this April. We sat down with Jill to talk about her farm and the meaning of flower power. Read the full interview below:   How did you start farming? Jill: My husband Keith asked me what I wanted for my birthday. For nearly a year we'd been...

New South is proud to partner with the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) to bring Double Up Food Bucks our CSA shareholders in 2019. Double Up Food Bucks is an incentive program the matches the value of SNAP benefits when spent on locally grown fresh fruits and veggies. The Fair Food Network calls the program as a “win/win/win”: “Low-income families bring home more healthy food, area farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a positive ripple effect of benefits.” So how do you use SNAP and Double Up to sign up for the CSA? Review our SNAP Policy Reserve your weekly share of fresh, local produce Select SNAP (Food Stamps) and Double Up Bucks as your payment method Connect with our CSA staff to set up your weekly payment plan How do I pay for the CSA with SNAP? We’ll...

Growing without harmful herbicides and pesticides is not an easy feat, but Debra Lockard and her family see it as tradition at Lockard's Produce farm. For 100 years, Lockard's Produce in Glimp, Tennesse, has supplied the Memphis area with southern delicacies from purple hull peas to Ripley tomatoes using natural growing methods like companion planting. (Watch the video below for an example of companion planting.) In 2014, Debra made her growing practices official by obtaining her Naturally Grown certification. And she's still growing strong.  Her practices earned her recognition from Tennessee State University in 2018 as Tennessee's Small Farm of the Year in the Best Management Practices category. Congratulations, Debra! ...

New South Produce Cooperative is gearing up for a weekend of workshopping at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. Join us for a free on-the-farm workshop hosted by Heifer USA horticulture expert, Sean Pessarra, January 18, 2019, to learn more about keeping your farm's production growing through the winter season. Topics covered will include overwintering crops, storage crops, protected culture growing techniques, and hand tools in the garden. There will be time for hands on demonstrations with garden tools and equipment. READY TO REGISTER? Workshop participants are encouraged to arrive by 2:30 p.m. The workshop will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include walk-throughs of the Heifer Ranch greenhouse, high-tunnels, caterpillar tunnels, storage areas and packing shed, and some brief indoor instructions. The program will conclude by 5:30 p.m. This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Register to reserve your spot today! Registration will close Wednesday Jan. 16th. Immediately following the workshop, New South is hosting a...

Friends & Fellow Local Food Advocates – New South Produce Cooperative is, has been, and will always be, a farmer-focused enterprise. We exist to improve the lives of small family farmers by growing the local food system. This means we collaborate with folks like you to move food to bellies that wouldn't normally have access to fresh, local food. In living this mission, we have recently opened our Cooperative to all small-scale agriculturalists in Arkansas and the larger Mid-South region, regardless of their certification. This means we will begin offering products to you that are grown using conventional methods. We understand that a major reason many of you do business with us is our commitment to sustainability as well as our local focus. We will continue to be a force for sustainability in agriculture and our local food system—our commitment here is unwavering. We will hold to this commitment as we move to become a resource for...

Farmers are always thinking about the future: planning ahead to ensure a weekly supply (and a full season) of incredible veggies and fruits. Turns out you need to plan ahead too, if you'd like to enjoy New South produce this fall season. Fall is a fabulous time to be a member of the CSA: the squashes, apples, late-season tomatoes, peppers and other fall delights are truly a bounty to behold One of the best parts of a CSA is the chance to "eat through the seasons" — and who would want to miss the richest part of the year, autumn harvest!? With your weekly box, you're: Supporting living-wage farmer livelihoods Bringing adventurous new items to your kitchen Eating like the foodie chefs at The Root Cafe, WunderHaus and The Farmer's Table -- some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Arkansas—who source their veggies from us Fall 2018 CSA dates are September 27-November...

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