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Our Farmers

5 Acres is a small Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) farm located in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. The CNG designation means that they don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Founded in 2009 by Brandon Gordon, the farm offers quality, sustainable produce, grown by people who are passionate about what they do.

Alpha Omega Veteran’s Farm is a 1.5 acre farm located on Ball Road in Memphis. Designed to engage and meet various needs of the veterans served by Alpha Omega Veterans Services, the urban farm is Certified Naturally Grown, Good Agricultural Practices Certified and certified Homegrown by Heroes.

Green Leaf Learning Farm is the only USDA-Certified Organic farm in Memphis. The farm sits on ¾ of an acre in a zip code with one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The vision of a young African American pastor, the farm was intended to yield just enough crops to keep the surrounding church community food-secure. Today, it produces some of the highest quality produce in the region and is a top seller at farmer’s markets around the city.

Heifer Ranch occupies 1200 acres in Perryville, AR. Affiliated with Heifer USA, it is the largest of our partner growers – a Certified Organic working farm whose mission includes training small farmers across the region in sustainable farming techniques.  

Lockard’s Produce, located in Ripley, TN, is one of a few Certified Naturally Grown farms in the area. It is also one of a small number of woman-owned and operated farms in Tennessee. Debra Lockard is a third generation African American farmer and educator dedicated to providing the most vulnerable populations in the region with fresh, healthy foods.

Ly Vu Family Farm was started in 1985 in Meadon, TN. Ly and his wife are part of a small Hmong community who emigrated to the US from Laos during the Vietnam War. They produce high volume, high quality crops for the direct to consumer markets in and around Memphis. If you have been to the Downtown Farmer’s Market, you know this farm!

The Produce Tribe is a black owned/operated farm that was started in 2017 by Matthew Robinson on land that has been in his family for 4 generations. Matthew is an alumnus of Tuskegee University where he obtained Bachelor and Master’s degrees in plant and soil science. After graduating, he worked for the University Cooperative Extension where he educated small farmers in the blackbelt communities of Alabama before coming home to relaunch the family farm. In addition to their Downtown Farmer’s Market clientele, the Produce Tribe supports a large market community in South Memphis.

Winchester Farm is a chemical-free produce farm near Whiteville, TN. Owned by Peter Schutt, who also owns Curb Market, the farm produces more than 60 varieties of seasonal, sustainable produce. Formerly ‘Certified Organic’, they dropped the certification due to the high cost and intense paperwork attached to the designation. Still, they do not use any herbicides and no pesticides that are not organic.