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Every time I look at the certified organic acreage data in Georgia, I wince. Sure, we have had 2,000% growth since 2003, but when you start with just 273 acres, it’s easy to make the data sparkle. In reality, our state has experienced minimal growth. That’s tough to swallow when you run an organization called “Georgia […]

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Lolly Beck-Pancer is the My Market Club ambassador for the Grant Park Farmers Market. What was your first farmers market experience like? My first market was in Claremont, Calif., where I would stock up on dates and grapes. Moving to the South was the first time I tried okra and muscadines. I’m impressed by the creativity […]

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As told by Rebecca WIlliams. Basically, my English major background and love of word origins combined with farming practices is where the name came from. When I was trying to think of a name, the philosophical concept of polyculture over monoculture was really important to me. At some point the word “manifold” popped into my mind. […]

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Full disclosure: the following interview is completely skewed and was conducted with sincere reverence and admiration. The interviewee is David George Haskell, author of my favorite book of 2012, “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.” Here’s the book’s description from Amazon: A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter […]

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As told by Todd McCain of the R Square Farm in Winder. My kids names are Ryan and Rachel (hence the R).  And my wife teaches middles school math (hence the square).  So to incorporate all of them into the name (and to be unique  and to give folks something easy to remember) we named […]

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Ah, summer, when a young man’s fancy turns to pickles… or at least it should! Maybe it’s because so much delicious produce is in season, maybe it’s because all these muggy, hot days are good preparation for an afternoon spent over a boiling cauldron of brine. Regardless, now’s a great time to dip your toe […]

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Over on Garnish & Gather’s blog, Chef Asata Reid gets some well-deserved love: Chef Asata wears many hats: chef, writer, media personality and farmers market guru. She can be found all over Atlanta doing chef demos and making the world a healthier place, one plate at a time. In addition to working at Truly Living Well […]

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The Certified Organic label portrays the most rigorous agricultural standards for environmental and human health protection. But how to what degree does it extend protections for animal welfare? To explore this issue, we interviewed Compassion In World Farming’s  USA Director Leah Garces, who also, along with Georgia Organics and many others, co-founded Georgians for Pastured Poultry. […]

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New FDA Rule: Ramifications for Georgia’s Small and Direct Market Growers Increased costs & increased obstacles, the new FDA rule is not for Georgia Organics’ farmers. TAKE ACTION AND CONTACT THE FDA. INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. DEADLINE TO COMMENT IS SEPT. 16! A proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule has been called the most sweeping reform […]

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In 2003, Georgia had nine farmers markets. Now we have 163— we’ve seen 1,117% growth over the last decade. High five someone at the market you go to this week, because you’ll both be part of revolutionizing our food system! Tweet

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