The Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group (PPFG) co-op formed in 2015 and has taken the lead in Caswell and surrounding counties with working together while also experimenting in various agriculture production. The organization believes in sharing knowledge and welcomes farmers in their endeavors. With hosting group outreach programs and classes, such as “Hoof Training,” the group also conducts individual sessions that provide one on one consultation with a specific need.
To participate in the co-op, farmers must meet certification standards to ensure healthy and quality products. Although not certified organic, the farmers do not use commercial fertilizers, and livestock are on pasture.
The PPFG Board President, Sam Crisp, and his wife Helen, have 36 acres that are home to over 160 chickens at HTS Farm. Kent Williamson, Board Vice President, sells eggs from pastured chickens that live at George Hill Farm, but they also provide eggs from three of the co-op's other farms. Other members of the group farm on land in nearby counties as well as Caswell and vary in size.
Being part of the co-op helps the small farms market their goods more successfully. The board seeks opportunities for their farm members so that the farmers can market as a group with a larger supply and more versatile offerings. Currently the organization's co-op farm produce eggs, beef, goat meat, mutton, and vegetables. It’s a small group but is steadily growing and as Sam says, “We try to produce the best product we can.”