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Hugh Acheson is many awesome things—chef, restaurateur, author, good food rabblerouser,  “Top Chef” judge, and the keynote of the 18th Annual Georgia Organics Conference, Recipe for Change: Better Farms, Better Flavors, which will be held on Feb. 20-21, 2015, at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. He’s also co-leading a session at the 2015 Georgia Farm to School […]

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We were big fans of our new farm to school coordinator before we ever interviewed her for the job—Emily Cumbie-Drake has been a mainstay at Georgia Organics events for a long time, and her smiling face is now in our office full-time! What was your previous job? I was a Sustainability Program Coordinator at Emory’s […]

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Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor, television personality, and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in Telfair County, she is the author of four cookbooks. She has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She serves as a Contributing Editor for Southern Living and teaches […]

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By Lauren Ladov, FoodCorps Service Member The magic brews stronger the longer it takes to change This winter, I led several different classes making butter. Understanding states and the transformation of matter is a Common Core standard K-3. Armed with heavy cream in jars, I challenged students to change this liquid into a solid. So […]

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Eugene Cooke and Nicole Bluh of Atlanta’s Good Shepherd Agro Ecology Center know plenty about growing, and about growing communities. (Read more about their good work here.) They’ll be at the 18th Annual Georgia Organics Conference,Recipe for Change: Better Farms, Better Flavors, which will be held on Feb. 20-21, 2015, at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga., […]

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Many veterans have found their passion in farming, and outreach programs help them to develop these skills and overcome issues many beginner farmers face as well as the challenges they face upon returning home. Bryan Barrett is the Research Conservationist at the Athens branch of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Georgia. Barrett will be featured in […]

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By Rachel Waldron Tis the season for family, for gratitude and, maybe most importantly, for food. We live in a world where our food defines us—nationally, regionally, ethnically, individually—and yet there is a growing divide between people and their food. Part of our work with the YUF is to bridge that divide, to bring students […]

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Because rain is full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, rainwater harvesting is a more efficient and healthier way of irrigating farms. By collecting and using readily available rainwater, you can cut costs and avoid bringing external materials into your farm. Terri Jagger Blincoe owns Ladybug Farms in Clayton, Ga. With a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for […]

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There are a lot of ways that farmers can diversify their land and make their farms function more efficiently by using a closed loop system that doesn’t rely heavily on outside inputs. Using natural fertilizers, saving seed, and storing food are all methods that can decrease expenses and allow for increased self-reliance. Darby Smith co-owns Sun Dog Farm […]

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