Jesse Buie, president of Ole Brook Organics, grows a range of specialty crops on one of only fifteen certified organic farms located in Mississippi (according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s most recent organic survey). Certified by CCOF since 2013, Jesse is committed to growing organically in the difficult cropping environment of the South and to providing his community with healthy food. He is also committed to the larger organic movement and has served a five-year term on the National Organic Standards Board.
CCOF’s partner organization, the Organic Farming Research Foundation, features an interview with Jesse Buie in a podcast and article posted online. During the interview, Jesse discusses why organic is important to him, how he grows crops in the South, which soil-building practices work for him, and his use of high tunnels to grow organic turmeric and ginger. Check it out!