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After 31 years of teaching and coordinating agriculture education, Teri Hamlin was excited about retirement. And she still is, because so far that retirement has been spent spearheading our farm to school pilot program in Habersham County. The project, which is made possible by a grant from the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, takes a comprehensive approach […]

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Yesterday morning we were thrilled to chat with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia‘s John Becker, the visionary whose organization is poised to connect farmers to food banks in innovative, ground-breaking ways. Of course we’re a little biased—in addition to championing his support of farmers and addressing the need for good, real food in underserved […]

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Valerie Bowers is an important ally for farm to school—she’s the School Nutrition Director for Forsyth County Schools, and she’s also the 2013-2014 President of the Georgia School Nutrition Association. Forsyth County’s Sharon Elementary School will be participating in the Dept. of Agriculture’s Feed My School for a Week program this year. The week in […]

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We’re pretty big fans of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Margaret Mellon, especially after reading her excellent takedown of the catchphrase “Feed the world”:  “It seems to come up with depressing regularity to justify, among other things, pesticides, industrial-scale monoculture, and biotechnology, all of which we must embrace—all together now—to feed the world. What gets […]

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Editor’s note: Last week, popular agriculture e-newsletter Growing Georgia ran a piece called “3 Myths About Organic Foods.” We took issue with it, and the good folks at Growing Georgia agreed to let us write a rebuttal, which ran two days after the piece in question. It is a privilege to have choices, especially when it comes to […]

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We were thrilled that Shavaun Evans, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, was able to stop by our office for a little bit this morning to give us the legislative lay of the land for the organic agriculture and food systems world. NSAC is an incredibly important alliance of sustainable ag organizations around […]

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We’re in the research stage of getting together our next cover story for The Dirt and coming across some great info that we thought we’d share, just because it’s info that just needs to be shared with as many people as possible, over and over again. The argument over whether organic agriculture can feed the world won’t […]

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As told by Sandi Johnson of Hexemaus Farms. How our farm got its name is a really personal story. We don’t mind sharing the story, but it’s kind of a tear-jerker for some folks. Years ago, when my late husband and I were young (before we got married) he called me hexe augen (German for […]

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Some growers farm solely to make a living, to turn a profit, to provide for themselves and their families. There ain’t a darn thing wrong with that. There are other farmers, though, who’ve been pulled to the land by an unknown force, who’ve been nudged towards it by an unseen hand. The connections these farmers […]

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Lauren Ladov was the My Market Club Ambassador for the Decatur Farmers Market, but now she’s serving as part of Food Corps in Clifton, N.J. What was your first farmers market experience like? Honestly, I can’t remember my first. I’ve been working for markets (as a vendor) for over 3 years now. From Peachtree, to Marietta, to EAV and Grant […]

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