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The middle school in my neighborhood has a great school garden, with fruit trees, berry bushes, and raised beds growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil. LOTS of basil. Do you have a lot of basil in your school garden? Wondering what to do with it all? Throw a Back to School Pesto Party! Kids can […]

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When you imagine farm animals, you probably don’t think about Lumbricus terrestris. The European nightcrawler may not get much play in “Old McDonald,” but worms and the castings they produce are a boon for any farmer. Davey Hutchison grows a lot of things. One of them is worms. Vermiculture, or worm farming, has been around […]

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We can tell you what’s bugging us this summer—the 28-spotted ladybug! (Or ladybird, depending on whether you’re British or not.) Ladybugs are usually beneficial insects in a growing environment because they eat aphids like it’s their job, but the 28-spotted variety would rather devour potatoes and other solanaceous crops like tomatoes and peppers, Cucurbitaceae crops like cucumbers and squash, and Fabaceae crops […]

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The talented team at Anthony-Masterson Productions have a couple new videos in our Field Trip! series, and both feature the fine folks at Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain. Here, Jenny Jackson talks about the best ways to grow and plant sweet potato slips. Her method allows you to save seeds by using the […]

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Georgia Organics hosted an exhibit at the Georgia School Nurses Association in Athens in July. Many of the school nurses that we spoke with shared their alarm at the increasing number of students with Type II diabetes in their school, and how difficult it is to address obesity issues. Our table offered organic peach samples, […]

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Farm to school in southwest Georgia has a champion in Daa’iyah Salaam. Daa’iyah is the Business Development Specialist for Southwest Georgia Project (SWGAP), an organization that works with farmers and communities in 14 counties. Although SWGAP has several initiatives, food is the common denominator for all their projects; they want to uplift agriculture and help […]

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We’re back with more videos for our food oral history project A Spoken Dish! (In case you’ve forgotten about it, A Spoken Dish is a joint endeavor between Georgia Organics, Southern Foodways Alliance, and Whole Foods Market, A Spoken Dish is a storytelling project dedicated to celebrating and documenting food memories and rituals from people across […]

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In serving our state’s farmers, we would be derelict if we did not highlight our state’s farmer beards. They are spectacular and crucial to the local food movement. (Don’t stare directly into them.) This week’s beard belongs to Michael Shively, a Whole Foods Market store team leader in Atlanta who farms what his wife refers to […]

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UPDATE: The split farm bill was passed by the House of Representatives. The vote, 216-208, was right down party lines; no Democrats voted for it. From our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: “If it was merely a face-saving effort following the defeat of the new farm bill a few weeks ago – with no […]

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Within the next decade the majority of American farmers will be retirees. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, over 31 percent of Georgia’s 47,000 farmers are 65 or above., and as the average age of the country’s agricultural operators continues to move toward 60, farming faces a looming crisis: Who will feed current and […]

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