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, 


​We hope that you did not experience damage and/or distressing disruptions from Tropical Storm Irma earlier this week. On average, we are fortunate here in the Piedmont of Georgia, not to have furious natural disasters that other areas of the Southeast, the U.S., the world experiences. Yep. Might be enticing to want to live along a shoreline. But…..then again, maybe not.

Recall that recently we commented upon how an abundance of precipitation can present plant maintenance problems – especially from microscopic pathogens. We emphasized the importance of following recommended spacing between plants to provide the air ventilation that can help to keep foliage and blooming/fruiting structures from being inundated by opportunistic pathogens so readily rampant in moist conditions. Spells of dry weather can help keep some pathogens at bay.

 Mornings and evenings are noticeably cooler now, especially mornings. And who has not noticed that daylight hours, which have been getting shorter since summer solstice, are now more obviously so. Yet the sun angle during the day this time of year can result in quite intense light and heat exposure. Under such conditions, some plants might wilt a bit, not from a need for water, but from the heat. With cooler temperatures, soils dry more slowly.

So care must be taken to check the soil very carefully before deciding to water plants, whether the plant or plants are in the ground, in raised beds, or in pots. What do we mean by check the soil? Poke deep into the soil as far as your fingers will go. Is the soil dry? Do most plant roots in that area extend well below the depth that you can check? If so, visualize how deep the roots might be. Try to gauge whether or not the soil deep down is moist or dry. Observe the plant. If the foliage is wilted, is it droopy because the plant needs water or because the sun is quite hot and intense at that moment? Overwatering is about the worst that one can do to one’s plants. During this time of year, overwatering can be particularly easy to do. So, check the soil; listen to the plants. When water is needed, remember to water the soil, not the foliage.                        

May your Garden shift gracefully into the Fall season and bring as much delight as ever.    Thank you for supporting Good Roots at Multiple Choices. If you are ever dissatisfied, please let us know (706/424-4080 voice or text.)

  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.

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Stephanie Bergamo