Investors reap dividends at Longview organic farm
POSTED: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 8:25pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:56pm
Longview — Organic grower Bill Segers says you don’t have to be a farmer to eat like one.
Segers and his wife, Dona, joined a nationwide food movement about four years ago when they planted their community supported agriculture farm on a piece of 7-acre land north of Hallsville.
Now, the couple grows 40 to 50 types of fruits and vegetables at their farm — Bill’s Organic Gardens — which has moved to Longview.
Community supported agriculture is a direct marketing technique in which customers act as shareholders investing directly in the farm — and assume risks if crops fail.
Segers, a third-generation farmer from Louisiana, said while he has been a farmer his entire life, it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 that he started organic farming.
“Until then, we farmed with anything we could to kill insects,” Segers said.