2023 GCON — The Filth

Attendees realized from Reggie and Roger Ramos, homeowners and operators of Grow with the Flow. Photographs by Lydia Hsu. 

World Growers’ mannequin is to create a “coworking area” for farmers to come back in with their very own concepts and companies, share infrastructure and gear, and be in group with one another. By pooling these assets, capital bills and start-up prices are decreased, farmers have an area to discover ways to scale their enterprise, enter native markets, and faucet into one another’s farming experience. This notion of constructing group to strengthen and assist Licensed Natural growers in Georgia is a key motive why Georgia Organics launched the Georgia Licensed Natural Community (GCON) in 2023. 


The primary convening of GCON passed off in Feb. 2023 on the Georgia Organics Convention & Expo in Perry, GA. This system was launched in response to the necessity for extra complete and tangible assist for farmers who’re at the moment Licensed Natural in Georgia. In April 2023, a survey was carried out to get suggestions from Georgia’s Licensed Natural growers to information the path of the GCON program. The principle suggestions obtained was that there was a necessity for advertising assets, farmer group constructing, in-person networking occasions, and academic workshops. In Could 2023, the primary digital GCON networking session passed off to share-out the survey findings and let Licensed Natural growers know what the 2023 GCON program would come with.  

In response to the survey suggestions, Georgia Organics developed Natural advertising assets, together with Licensed Natural market flags, an informative Natural magnet for patrons, and academic brochures for Natural shoppers. These advertising assets have been distributed to Licensed Natural growers in Sept. 2023 and Dec. 2023 throughout Natural Focus Teams that passed off following the Natural Growers Farmer Subject Days. These Natural Focus Teams have been in-person networking alternatives for Licensed Natural farmers to study from one another, talk about greatest practices, and construct group and connections.  

In whole, Georgia Organics distributed 11 market flags, over 400 magnets, and 500 shopper instructional brochures to farmers who participated within the Subject Days and Focus Teams. In flip, Georgia Organics’ Farmer Companies staff gained invaluable suggestions from Natural growers on priorities for 2024 GCON programming.