Located one‐hour southwest of Atlanta in beautiful Pine Mountain, Georgia, Jenny and Chris Jackson, along with two apprentices, grow a generous variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on 4 acres. Recently, a rare heritage breed of pigs have been added to the mix. These happy hogs get to roam in the pastures and forest surrounding our vegetable fields. There’s also a flock of laying hens that move about the farm as well.
In order to protect the life of our soil, as well as the health of our customers, we use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to grow our produce. We farm to provide meaningful work for ourselves and to provide our customers with quality, naturally grown food.
We describe our farming practices as “chemical-free” rather than “organic” because we are not certified by the USDA. Unfortunately, “organic” seems to have become somewhat of a gimmicky marketing buzz word. Much of organic produce available to us at the grocery stores has traveled many, many miles to get to us. We believe growing food without the use of dangerous chemicals is incredibly important to the health of people and the planet.
We are very fortunate to be able to sell all the the food we produce within 30 miles of the farm. The majority is grown for our CSA, which consists of 125 families (about 350 people). The rest is sold at our On Farm market and the Uptown Market in Columbus, as well as a couple of restaurants.
Everyone asks, “What’s the deal with the name of the farm?” A “Jenny” is the term for a female mule, while a male is referred to as a “Jack.” Mules are known for being strong, stubborn animals. Those are two characteristics that we feel are imperative for farmers to possess as well! After marrying Chris, my name became Jenny Jackson. We rely on the Sun to grow our plants, so we couldn’t resist the pun!