Good Roots is Certified Naturally Grown!

What does Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) mean?

CNG is the grass roots alternative to certified organic. CNG standards are largely the same as those of the National Organic Program. For example, CNG producers do not use GMO seeds or synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

CNG inspections are conducted by a local farmer. Farmer-inspectors are highly suited to ask specific questions based on their knowledge of the local pest pressures and farming challenges, and to make relevant suggestions.

The CNG participatory model a) ensures that standards are being upheld and b) strengthens the local farming community by connecting farmers to one another.

Find Good Roots on the CNG website:

Dear Good Roots Patron, 

​​Tomatoes. Have you noticed that we refer to some Tomatoes as determinate and others as indeterminate? In a general, non-technical and non-anatomical sense, what do those two terms mean?  When we refer to determinate and indeterminate, we are essentially describing the development and growth of the flower or inflorescence (group of flowers) of flowering plants in general. Flowering plants that are determinate generally have a set (determined) number of flowers that develop and open and bear fruit. Flowering plants that are indeterminate generally have an ongoing (indeterminate) number of flowers that develop and open and set fruit. Given that, determinate Tomatoes genetically set a-limited number of flowers and hence, fruits.

  Indeterminate Tomatoes genetically set an unlimited number of flowers, and hence, fruits, until frost or another factor results in the demise of the plant. Some Tomato varieties, such as Rutgers and Celebrity, are determinate. Some folks refer to such Tomatoes as Bush Tomatoes. An abundance of other heirloom Tomato varieties are indeterminate.

  Which Tomato to choose, determinate or indeterminate, if other factors are inconsequential? The well-respected Johnny’s Selected Seeds notes: Determinate varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time period. Indeterminate varieties [can] be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period.  Also, take a peek at for more about determinate and indeterminate Tomatoes, about Heirloom Tomatoes in general, and other fun information.

 Enjoy these magical days of cool temperatures, of warm temperatures, of rains, of blue sky; pass along what you learn about the natural world; and…………….may your Garden be a wonderful place and space of beauty and of productivity for the natural world, including you.

Come see our plants. We are at Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living. Our address is 145 Barrington Drive. Barrington Drive is an elbow-shaped road between Cedar Shoals Drive and Gaines School Road. Call or text to ensure that we Multiple Choices - Good Roots folks are on-site to show you around

(706/424-4080 voice or text).

Again, we thank you for supporting Good Roots at Multiple Choices. 




Good Roots Staff

Good Roots is a Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living, Inc. micro-enterprise training and production program for isolated individuals. Isolation can be based on race, creed, gender, ethnicity, disability, and/or other differences. The end result is often the same – poverty, prejudice, limited resources, and lack of opportunity.

Good Roots trainees learn the art and science of starting seedlings, and the rudiments of small business ownership, while contributing to their local communities through the production and sales of quality organically grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings.

To purchase plants directly from Good Roots in Athens, visit us at Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living located at 145 Barrington Drive. Good Roots folks are available at the Center most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 until 5 (or after). Please call ahead (or text), however, in the event that we are out in the field.

Daniel Meyers

What is Good RootsTM?

Stephanie Bergamo