The Farm

 An aerial view of a few high tunnels on the Farm. High tunnel growing has proven to be more productive for us by allowing more control over temperature, weed pressure and watering.

An aerial view of a few high tunnels on the Farm. High tunnel growing has proven to be more productive for us by allowing more control over temperature, weed pressure and watering.

Crystal Organic Farm was USDA Certified Organic in 1986, making it one of the oldest organic farms in the region. The farm is located on 175 acres of which 40 acres is under rotating organic cultivation specializing in vegetable, fruit, herb, flower and egg production.

Nicolas, the farm owner, is a founding member of Morningside Farmer's Market which is in its 23rd year, sells to the top restaurants around the metro Atlanta area and has operated a successful farm box CSA program for over 10 years. He teaches yearly at the Georgia Organics Conference and received their Land Stewardship Award in 2008. The farm is a participant in the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is involved with numerous university crop studies around the Southeast. In addition, the farm grows heirloom seeds for saving for national companies such as Anson Mills. The farm is very committed to giving back to the community, so any excess food is donated to Second Helpings, a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to fighting food insecurity and food waste in metro Atlanta.

At Crystal Organic Farm, we make a conscious effort to add essential trace minerals back into our soil using compost tea full of micro-organisms, vitamins and minerals. We recognize that growing healthy soil is the basis for growing nutrient dense food.  In addition, instead of relying heavily on organic approved pesticides and insecticides, we opt for nettle/comfrey tea to treat and prevent disease or flower essence blends to help transplanted seedlings adapt. For pest control we employ beneficial nematodes and use companion planting techniques. Other methods such as crop rotation and solarizing the soil are used to control weed seed germination and disease. The farm strives to create zero food waste, so excess food (that cannot be donated) is fed to the chickens or composted.

We believe a nourishing fulfilled life begins with what we feed our body. Our hope is that you will taste our food or stop by for a visit to experience the beauty that is Crystal Organic Farm. Eat Well, Live Well.

 Helen and Nicolas (second from right) are recognized at a Georgia Organics Conference.

Helen and Nicolas (second from right) are recognized at a Georgia Organics Conference.