Great River Organics

By Colleen Leonardi / Photography By Catherine Murray | Last Updated June 15, 2015
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farmers of the farmer-owned cooperative, Great River Organics
The farmers of the farmer-owned cooperative, Great River Organics, from left to right: Lisa and Ben Sippel of Sippel Family Farm; Todd and Heather Schriver of Rock Dove Farm; Ben Dilbone of Sunbeam Family Farm; Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farm; Adam Welly of Wayward Seed Farm; Becky Barnes of Dangling Carrot Farm; and Tim Patrick of Toad Hill Farm, Photokitchen.Net

What does the future of local, certified organic food look like in Ohio? What will it taste like? Who are the key farmers? And what type of investors do we need to provide capital to support these farms as they work to offer more good food to the people?

Our GRO Issue examines these questions and more, highlighting the farms of the farmer-owned cooperative, Great River Organics (GRO). They are Ohio’s future in local, certified organic food. And they are central to a nationwide new farm movement spearheaded by smart, forward-thinking farmers joining together to take back the land and farm for the betterment of our planet, our health, and the sustainability and longevity of our national food supply. Read on as we look at multiple aspects of the local, certified organic food chain and how you can get involved.

Agriculture in Aggregate: Farmers Join Forces

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The locavore movement has taken root across the country, with farmers markets sprouting by the thousands in cities and suburbs, where growers set up tents and tables, selling their corn and cucumbers...

One Brick at a Time

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The story of our cooperative, Great River Organics (GRO), is one of great compromise, frustration, and, ultimately, success. I am truly proud that we never gave up. We had tried to create a growers...

Farmer Power

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Why the farmers of Great River Organics are true stewards of the land

A Taste of the Past: GRO's Heirloom Vegetable Varieties Are Rich in Flavor and History

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Adam Welly and the farmers of Great River Organics (GRO) are all about preserving and interpreting Ohio’s heritage foods. Meet them at local farmers markets, and their unabashed passion for their...

Locally Grown Investment

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Despite a decade of rapid growth and increasing interest in sustainable agriculture and farmers markets, your local organic farmer may still have trouble obtaining the credit he needs to grow and...

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

How the healthcare industry is teaming up with local farms to bring more food to the people

The Whole Organic Process

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Soil research bears fruit for organic vegetable production. With extreme weather from dry periods to wet, climate variability keeps agricultural researchers in business. Yet enhancing how produce...

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