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The students of Jackson County Schools were recently treated to a very local meal. To kick off “Georgia Grown, Jackson Strong,” on Sept. 24 all twelve cafeterias in the school district served a lunch that was entirely grown in Georgia, and most of it from right inside Jackson County! The menu was: Baked Chicken Breast […]

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By Nicole Bluh of the Good Shepherd Agroecology Center There are many positions coming available in the periphery of the field of agriculture… urban agriculture, agriculture policy and research, and non-profit business organizations have jobs for folks who are transitioning out of other fields and for activists in the food movement. Many people end up […]

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Editor’s Note: We’re kicking off #dirtlife, our new producer-written blog series, with a post from Darby Smith of the Sun Dog Farm in Blairsville. This series is funded by the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant.  By Darby Smith It feels like just yesterday my husband Elliot and I were in the greenhouse, intoxicated by […]

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Recently, Georgia’s State Board of Education voted to allow exemptions to the new federal Smart Snacks rule, permitting schools 90 days of fundraising by selling junk food to kids. But schools can choose to fundraise in LOTS of ways that don’t put the health of their students in jeopardy. Here are some great ideas from […]

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Samantha Benjamin-Kirk is the USDA’s Southeast Regional Lead for Farm to School. She is a great resource for us here in Georgia and we love working with her! Read on to hear her story of how she got involved in this movement. Benjamin-Kirk: I have always cared for others in one capacity or another, whether […]

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Award-winning chef Asha Gomez enriches the Atlanta restaurant community with food inspired by what she calls her “two Souths”: Kerala, the southern region of India where she was born, and the American South. Her most recent culinary endeavor is Spice to Table, which features globally inspired cuisine, as well as an open spice market. A […]

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By Deidre Harrison Is it possible to make learning about food fun?  The volunteers at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market teamed together to provide engaging and community centered outreach in metro Savannah to promote local services. Volunteers attended community centers, health fairs, and social groups to connect local residents with the My Market activities and Mixed Greens […]

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ATLANTA— One of the most successful tactics to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables is to have them plant, grow, and harvest food with their own hands in a garden, which is one of the core components of a farm to school program. Now, farm to school in Georgia is set to get […]

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By Cary Thornton Mud Fairy Farm sprouted from our generous daughter-in-law’s artsy mind. Mud Fairy was to be the name of her pottery business, but she gifted the name to the farm when we were spinning rounds of ideas.  It also fits with our 2 daughters who are famous in our family for childhood photos of […]

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Donna McKenna of Nuthouse Farms, Inc. is working hard to try to ensure a future for the American chestnut, which once came close to dying off. She hopes to revitalize the joy of local, delicious chestnuts, a tradition that was always important to her family. Georgia Organics: What drew you to chestnut farming? My sister, […]

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