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By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
Farming doesn’t have to break your back, especially with the wonderful world of tools available in 2020.
Easy Digging Garden Tools offers a vast array of tough-working tools to help you get the job done, while supporting your health the whole way through. They are also a Business Ally of Certified Naturally Grown!
The company was created to sell unique garden, farm, and digging tools from around the world. They specialize in garden hoes, including the grub hoe, grape hoe, and fork hoe. Easy Digging also offers seeders, planters, shovels, spades, trenching tools, broadforks, and more.
Founder Greg Baka is a long-time gardener who also happens to be an engineer, which means that quality, usefulness, ergonomics, and design are important tenets of his work.
We interviewed Greg to learn more about his philosophies for tools, and how he supports direct-market farmers every day. Welcome to the CNG Business Allies community, Easy Digging Garden Tools!
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Certified Naturally Grown (CNG): How did Easy Digging Garden Tools get started?
Greg Baka (GB): We started back in 2007 when I finally got to use a grub hoe, loved it, and discovered that nobody was selling good ones in the US. We started out just selling them and a few related types of garden hoes, then kept adding other tools as we discovered or created them.
CNG: What are Easy Digging Garden Tools’ core values?
GB: My background is as an engineer, so efficiency, ruggedness, and quality are the core values we strive for in all the tools we sell. We also understand the importance of having the right information and of sharing knowledge, so we strive to be accurate, helpful, and honest when answering people’s questions.
CNG: How did you make the decision to support CNG as a Business Ally?
CNG is a great resource for our customers who are growing and selling at farmers markets and through CSAs. We wanted to support those growers who often purchase tools from us, and joining CNG was a great way to do that.
CNG: How does Certified Naturally Grown support Easy Digging Garden Tools’ customers?
GB: For the small growers we talk to, becoming “Certified Naturally Grown” is a powerful marketing tool for demonstrating to their customers that they are doing the right things to provide food and farm products that are safe, healthy, and sustainable.
CNG: What are some exciting developments at Easy Digging Garden Tools our CNG community can look forward to?
GB: Besides constantly searching the world for great garden tools, we also have a few new tool designs we are working on. Hopefully a couple will be ready to sell in late 2020.
We are also always adding to our library of useful knowledge, with articles and guides like these:
* All the Different Types of Garden Hoes
* Wheel Hoe Buying Guide
* Garden Seeder Buying Guide
* How to Improve Clay Soil
CNG: If you had a magic agricultural wand, how would you use it to improve farm systems in America?
GB: I would return it to the days when family farms were profitable. Back to the days when small farms practiced mixed agriculture with a variety of crops and animals. A return to the time before excessive use of pesticides, herbicides, and GMO’s.
Please let us know when that magic wand is ready.
CNG: Is there anything else CNG farmers and beekeepers should know?
GB: I would like to leave the CNG readers with a request. If you come across unique tools that are not readily available here in the US, please let me know. Sometimes they are from inventors or small manufacturers. Sometimes they are foreign or antique tools. If you tell us about them, we can do the research to explore adding them to our site or having them produced. Sharing your discovery could help many other growers and gardeners.
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