The Southern Farmers Collaborative Group was born out of a necessity to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and land owners how to maximize the benefits of owning land and not just for paying taxes. In 2018 a few seasoned farmers came together with a few new farmers, land owners and advisor put together the guidelines for operating an organization to help even the playing field for those learning to be sustainable in agri-business.
The Southern Farmers Collaborative Group (SFCG) was established on September 14, 2018, and comprises twenty-three (23) farmers, which encompasses 12 counties totaling over one thousand (1,000) acres of land. Commodities grown through these 23 farmers are a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, pecans, timber, peanuts, hay, beef, pork, poultry, and eggs. This collaboration produces a variety of value-added products as well.
The mission of the SFCG is to have farmers working together to develop marketable farms to increase profits, improve their quality of life, and facilitate learning for farmers to be sustainable in agribusiness. Through this mission, the SFCG developed three primary goals, which are:
To build a collaboration with marketing and broker abilities.
To create good agriculture practices based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
To maintain innovative community sustainable farms.
The vision of the SFCG is to have a sustainable collaboration with Fort Valley State University (Georgia’s 1890 Land-Grant institution), University of Georgia (Georgia’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution), non-profits, and Community-based Organizations by improving the economic stability of farms, families, and communities.
At the Southern Farmers Collaborative Group, we believe in the power of unity. Through our Cooperative Farming initiative, we bring together farmers from various regions to share knowledge, resources, and innovative techniques. Our collaboration ensures a sustainable and prosperous future for local agriculture, minimizing waste and maximizing yield.
By joining our collaborative network, farmers benefit from shared insights, bulk purchasing power, and a supportive community that prioritizes ethical farming practices. We celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the Southeast and strive to enrich it further through cooperation and shared success.
Join us in sowing the seeds for a better future, where agriculture thrives through collaboration and the true spirit of community farming.
Harness the collective wisdom of local farmers. Collaborative learning fosters innovation and sustainable growth
Access better pricing through cooperative buying. Savings on supplies mean more profit and reinvestment in quality farming.
Join a network committed to responsible farming. We prioritize the environment and community, cultivating integrity in every crop.
Feel the strength of a united agricultural community. Together, we provide encouragement and resources to weather any challenge.