Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 pioneering as one of the first integrated farms in Georgia. Growing Pecans since the 1950’s. They started a mail order business, that today, sells all over the world.
Fast forward to 2012, they transitioned their working Pecan Farm to Biological methods. Biological Farming is based off sustainability and optimizing microbiology of soil to recycle nutrients. In Biological Farming minimal use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is okay. Koinonia Farm decided in 2012, they would completely refrain from synthetic inputs. Today, they are a permaculture that takes care of the earth and goes “beyond organic.”
In 2019 they planted 500 new Pecan orchards, and partnered with a small cattle rancher. The addition of ruminant animals builds organic matter and biodiversity. When cows graze they pull and tug at root systems. Similar to exercise the constant chewing of the cows reinforces new growth. In turn, nutrients are recycled back to the soil, as manure. The addition of ruminant animals will greatly benefit the long term health of the farm. Presently, the farm is in the process of becoming certified organic, but acting as an organic farm is nothing new to this group.
As a working-farm, everything is done in-house. I love this! After the Pecans have been harvested, shelled, separated, and washed; they are bagged, stored cool for freshness and major flavor. The Pecans are shipped to-order or sent to the farm bakery.
Yes, you read that correctly, bakery! The bakery sounds like a dream where Fair Trade chocolate is hand-poured to make Pecan Bars, and Breads. On their website you can snag Fair Trade Coffee, Olive Oil, Spices, and Couscous. They also source GOPA (Georgia Organic Peanut Association) Peanuts and make house made Peanut Butter.
I called about Pecans but got so much more. I enjoyed getting to know their values as farmers. I know what it means to operate as Biological Farm by their standards. And, their dedication to the quality and ethical treatment of people is equally important.
A good percentage of the nuts we eat are not grown in the United States but are misleadingly sold to us as if they were. There is really no way to know where nuts are coming from when shopping at the Grocery Store. Having the ability to break away from commodity nuts and shop direct is leaning into grown and processed in America. Supporting smaller farms is leaning into local economies and American families who work hard to grow healthy food that benefits the earth.
Moms are the gateway to the kitchen and a huge powerhouse in driving markets. Take my hand and trade-up the Pecans and other nut varieties in your kitchen!