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Brandon Chonko is a smart, straight-talking farmer who began raising poultry out of the simple desire to provide clean, wholesome food for his family. He spent his childhood in Stone Mountain, and in college he majored in history. What started as a simple backyard garden grew into an organic, sustainable, pastured poultry operation called GrassRoots Farms that […]

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Julia Asherman, of Rag & Frass Farm, who’s presenting at the annual conference’s Feb. 22 “Farm Genesis: One Year in the Life of a New Farmer,” session, answered some questions for us. Asherman will be speaking at the 17th Annual Georgia Organics Conference, Green Acres, Saving the Planet One Bite at a Time, which will be held […]

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In 2012 we launched the 5 Million Meals Challenge to get nutrition directors all around the state to pledge to serve more locally sourced food. Our goal, as you’d guess from the name, was 5 million local meals, and according to a new UGA report, our state’s schools served nearly three times that: 14 million […]

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I am interested in helping organic farmers adapt to climate change. And one very important part of that is constructing and maintaining a strong community that supports organic production. That community needs to be farmers, buyers (yes Whole Foods, etc.), and customers. Consumers need to eat with our heart and minds as well as body. […]

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This week farmers from Northeast Georgia gathered at Wilbanks Middle School in Habersham County to reflect on their first full year of participating in the system’s farm to school program, and to plan for the 2014-2015 growing season. The school district contracted with ten farms all within 40 miles of Wilbanks to grow different products […]

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Hi there. If you are a die-hard environmentalist, you’re probably familiar with the keynote speaker for our 17th Annual Conference on Jekyll Island. It’s Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group. If you aren’t familiar with Ken , or if you think Georgia Organics has gone afield and stopped focusing on farms, please keep reading […]

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We’re thrilled—thrilled!—to announce that FoodCorps, a national organization that connects children in underserved communities to real food in order to help them grow up healthy, announced its intentions to expand to Georgia, and Georgia Organics will serve as its host. That means that the foremost national farm to school organization in the country is teaming up with […]

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Earlier this week Emily Rose, our farm to school coordinator, was in Rockdale County for a cafeteria staff training. We do a lot of these, especially during times when school is out of session but staff have workdays. The trainings vary from district to district, and can cover everything from knife skills to seasonal, local […]

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It’s a new year, and there are loads of new opportunities for organic growers in our state. Several great farms are hiring—here are some of the jobs we know of right now. E-mail brooke at georgiaorganics dot org if we’re missing one and we’ll add it! Crager Hager Farm Apprentice, Carroll County Learn sustainable farming in […]

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