Stephanie Bergamo

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, 

           Brrrrr, brrrrr, brrrrr. This past week we have again donned layers of clothing and maybe we had a windshield scraping or two to do. Blossoms of some flowering trees may have been zapped, so to speak, by freezing night temperatures.

            In our natural landscape however, have you noticed that flower and leaf buds of some native trees and shrubs have generally remained closed and thus protected from sudden dips in temperature this time of year? Interesting. Over millennia, various native oaks, hickories, deciduous blueberries, and other plants have evolved a timing that, at least most years, protects flowers and leaves from late pre-spring frosts.

            Seems that now we are edging into days of warmth again. Such balm is usually accompanied by folks being lured to transplant warm season summer crops such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, etc.

            Lots of folks adhere to an automatic pilot schedule and they put their summer crops, especially Tomatoes, into the ground during the weekend after Easter. Hmmmmmm. Our average last frost date is 15 April and indeed, we have had frosts on that date, as happened a couple of years ago. Hmmmmmm. Easter is early this year. Hmmmmmm. Tomatoes might look fine after a few dramatic temperature dips or a week of nights below 55 degrees, but they are known to be less productive than Tomatoes that have not had such exposure.

            What to do? Enjoy spring season crops such as Collards, Kale, and Swiss Chard. Listen for Spring Peepers. Delight in those and in all of the harbingers of spring and summer to –come. And overall, be at peace with the natural world as much as is feasible, for we truly rely on it for our well-being world-wide.

            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).

            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 Roots?