OK, 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.”
- We posted a slew of photos from the weekend on our Facebook page. (Are you following us on Facebook? You should be following us on Facebook.) We’ve got photos of educational sessions, beautiful, brilliant people, and images you shared over social media using the #greenacres hashtag.
- Want to revisit the social media conversation about your favorite session? You totally can! We have a summary of everyone who used the #greenacres hashtag, as well as special summaries of what you were saying about Ken Cook’s keynote on Saturday night,
- Julie Stuart of Making Ideas Visible created some amazing visualizations of our Saturday morning welcome address, the Youth Leaders Panel, and Ken Cook’s keynote on Saturday night. You can see them all here!
- The indefatigably generous Tom Broadnax took a whole bunch of photos over the weekend.