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“#greenacres = happiness”

conference_slideOK, so technically this tweet from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition‘s Sarah Hackney was referencing the Anson Mills heritage Southern grains and beans on the menu at the farmers feast. (Which were incredible!) But Green Acres, the 17th annual Georgia Organics conference, totally equalled happiness! Over 900 growers, educators, chefs, volunteers, and more spent a fantastic weekend on Jekyll Island learning about the myriad ways our collective work is vital to our physical and environmental health.

We learned, we ate, we rubbed elbows with farmers and fellow good food advocates, and on Saturday night we honored two women who have done so much for organic agriculture in our state: Celia Barss of Woodland Gardens in Athens, and Savannah’s Teri Schell, who co-founded the Forsyth Farmers Market. Presenter Becky Striepe summed it up really beautifully in her conference wrap-up: “I went home on Sunday full of good food and gratitude.”

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