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Lindsey Payne is the owner and head chef of Lindsey’s Culinary Market in Athens. She has been involved as a chef in the Habersham County Farm to School program, helping with taste tests and training cafeteria staff, and recently we got to hear more of her story. How did you get into cooking? I have […]

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  By Pam Knox, UGA Agricultural Climatologist Following a very wet 2013, this year has gotten off to a drier than usual start, although generally soil moisture has been very good until recently.  In the last few weeks, abnormally dry conditions have started to creep into the mountains in northeast Georgia as well as scattered […]

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The USDA continued its webinar series on procuring local food for school meals. The latest webinar was titled, “Using Specifications, Requirements, and Evaluation Criteria to Target Local Products.” The webinar dug into using product bids and vendor requirements to bring more local food into schools. When a school district sends a solicitation for a bid, […]

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Photo by Maura Friedman Development Coordinator Kate Klein has been lighting up our lives since January, but we’re only just now getting down to an introductory blog post because between our conference last month, taking on membership duties, and writing dynamite member spotlights posts for this blog, she’s been a busy woman! What was your […]

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GrowBiz is our blog series that focuses on businesses that can help farmers thrive. Know of one you think we should know about? Shoot an email to brooke at georgiaorganics dot org.  When we were brainstorming topics for GrowBiz, we didn’t have to look far for a great lawyer. Kyle Moore is an attorney specializing […]

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By Robby Astrove, ALFI Orchard Project Coordinator Orchards and fruit trees couldn’t be more fitting for the ATL. Our ‘City in a Forest,’ as we call it, is a beautiful forest garden city that just happens to have one hell of a thriving local food movement. While Seattle is getting a lot of the ‘food […]

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I never thought spending two days in the basement of a federal building learning about procurement regulations could be so satisfying. But thanks to the dynamic USDA Farm to School team, it was that and so much more…. Deborah Kane, USDA Farm to School Director, and her dynamic team brought fifty state and non-profit agencies […]

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The 17th annual Georgia Organics Conference was informative and eye-opening, and Dr. Elaine Ingham’s workshop on soil biology was one of the most-talked-about in the halls of the LEED-certified Jekyll Island Conference Center. The noted soil biologist emphasized that dirt—be it rock, pebbles, sand, silt, or clay—already contains all the nutrients any plant needs to grow. […]

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Kerry Shay of Savannah Victory Gardens and Andy Schwartz led a session called “Composting: Nature’s Balancing Act” at the 17th Annual Georgia Organics Conference on Feb. 22. Here’s what they talked about! Composting is beneficial for a number of reasons. It  builds soil and contributes to fertility. The immediate beneficial side effect of composting is rich organic […]

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