About Cedar Seeder Farm
Cedar Seeder Farm is small bucolic farm located in Snellville, Georgia, a city located in Gwinnett County, approximately 35 miles east of Atlanta. The farm began in 2013 as a long held dream of George and Krista High to create not only a venue to access fresh , local vibrant greens, but also a space to actualize spiritual, mental and physical wellness.
The Farm produces over 23 varieties of fruit, 13 variations of micro-greens, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.We currently cultivate approximately two acres, meanwhile preparing the soil of over an acre and a half through green composting and animal grazing.
Our Farm Stand is open three days a week. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags and boxes to be filled with delicious pesticide free local produce at competitive pricing.
We market our goods through local farmers markets in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton County. We are also listed on an online market catering to the Lilburn and Lawrenceville areas.
Our belief in wellness is what drives us to look beyond the surface beauty or presentation of colorful produce. The soil is the foundation of food vibrancy. The soil is Alive! All life depends upon it. Therefore never expose it to pesticides or chlorine.
Healthy Soil leads to Healthy Plants which leads to Healthy People and Livestock
Our Farming Practices
We farm for two reasons. The first is that it feeds our souls. The second is we believe in enhancing our environment and doing all that we can to keep our bodies healthy.
So, when we acquired our farm in 2013, we strictly adhered to a “beyond organic” approach in its care. We never apply chemicals or synthetic fertilizers that kill the pollinators, beneficial nematodes, bacteria, and fungi balance needed for soil health. We are a member of Georgia Organics, and have now owned the farm long enough to initiate the organic certification process.
Our number one mission is to maintain healthy soil. Healthy soil means healthy plants, and healthy plants translate to healthy people.
Healthy soil consists of three parts: dirt, organic matter, and life forms. Dirt is abundant in Georgia, so, our primary focus is on providing the proper balance of organic matter and living organisms.
One of the ways we maintain the organic matter is extensive use of organic paper mulch and green manures.
We also rotate cover crops like clover and cow peas, and grow selective mulch and compost tea crops like stinging nettle and comfrey.
And, finally, to condition half of the farm soil, we free range, graze and rotate livestock, currently sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys.
To ensure there’s an adequate number of living organisms, we companion plant extensively, enlist the aid of beneficial insects, apply rock dust to aid earthworm’s digestion, and mineralize the soil.
We also practice no-till. Each year, we use a broadfork to deeply aerate the soil to encourage proper root development in our crops.
And since chlorine is detrimental to the soil and plant development, we use rain water to start our seedlings and a 400-foot well to supply water to the gardens.
Meet Our Farmers
Cedar Seeder Farmers
George and Krista High
George has loved plants, foraging, gardening, and farming from a very young age.
It started when his mother, an avid gardener, taught him the names of the plants in her garden when he was just three years old.
In second grade, instead of playing with the other kids, George would hunt for asparagus sprouts in the weeds along the playground fence line and his teacher gave him a nickel for each one he brought to her.
At age 10, George planted a small garden in his backyard in Xenia, Ohio. Since then, he has gardened in eight states, adapting to various climates and soils.
From 1992 to 1996, George served as the Wellness Officer, Certified Fitness Trainer and Manager of the Coast Guard Community Garden in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
In 2002, he built a Montessori school in Navarre, Florida, on 17 acres, and maintained a petting zoo, nature trails, market produce and a garden that sold leafy greens, quail, chicken, and duck eggs.
He has been a full-time local Georgia farmer since 2014.
Charlene is a first generation farmer, following a three phase career path including marketing, transpersonal psychology and nonprofit management. Her love of digging in the soil was born out of necessity when a designated experienced farmer was unable to take an assignment at a community garden. Charlene needed to initiate a boots on the ground crash course in urban farming in order to fulfill the assignment.
Through that assignment, Charlene was introduced to the High Family and agreed to join their efforts to create a holistic farming space dedicated to the universal wellness of body, mind, spirit and environment.
She is enjoying the experience of creating an urban farm space dedicated to the research and implementation of best practices for the actualization of the whole person.