Senior Inspector

J and L Farm & Stables

Owner: John and Laurie Ritchie

2938 Highway 88
Hephzibah, GA 30815
Richmond County

daytime phone: (706) 360-0587
evening phone: (843) 263-7063

Application Date: 2022-05-12

Farming History

Your Name *
Laurie Ritchie
For how many years have you managed or worked on a CNG-certified farm? *
How many years of experience total do you have managing a farming operation that’s managed according to CNG/organic principles (whether certified or not)? *
Please indicate the place/s where you have farmed, including farm name, town, state, and country. *
J and L Farm and Stables Hephzibah, GA. 30815

Types of Farming & Expertise

Please check the box corresponding to the types of operations with which you have at least three years of experience.

What type of training have you received in farming practices (on-farm and off-farm)? *
Mainly reading, researching how to begin growing food naturally. We learned about special factors affecting farming in our specific area. We attended classes/seminars at Georgia Organics Conferences, Farm to School Conferences, NRCS.
Please briefly describe your experience with mentoring, training, or advising other farmers, if any.
I have interacted with the farmers Of the farms I have inspected, and offered advice or shared my experiences with them when helpful. I have taught a couple of classes on laying hens for Augusta Locally Grown, and we often host school groups, and various groups from Augusta Technical College. Also, I am a former high school English teacher.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most proud of? *
We began farming in our 50’s and worked very hard to learn as much as we could and as quickly as we could about the RIGHT way to grow food. We learned about laying hens and how to help them be healthy and their eggs be the best quality.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most known for? (This could be a particular crop beloved by customers or an uncommon production method that other farmers would appreciate.) *
J and L Farm and Stables is a known and respected name in the community for our eggs, and the quality of our produce. We have a consistent customer base for all the products we grow.
What do you appreciate about Certified Naturally Grown?
One of the best things about Certified Naturally Grown is the peer experience. Each inspector becomes a friend as well as a mentor. I always appreciate the helpful attitude of inspectors and the CNG staff.
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