02 Oct Introducing Common Roots
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 all small local farms in the region.
In the coming weeks and months, you’ll see a new brand added to the New South LocalsList—Common Roots. This line will be exclusively for our new small farm members that grow food conventionally, while New South will continue to be our Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown farmers’ products. These new growers can help us supply you with things our current model has trouble with: nuts, tree fruit, berries, beans, peas, and more.
Our CSA boxes will continue to include produce from only from New South growers. Our Cooperative requires our New South growers hold current certifications with the approving bodies at USDA or Certified Naturally Grown.
We intend to grow forward with the utmost transparency as these farms join our Cooperative. If at any time you have questions, comments, or even happen to know of farmers who’d like to be a part of this, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help; I’ll be sure to respond to you quickly.
We’re building a New South. Grow it with us.
Derek Smith, General Manager
New South Produce Cooperative