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Farmers markets in Georgia are popping up like pigweed in a peanut field, but some are thriving while other just surviving. Jan Kozak and Jerry NeSmith from Athens Farmers Market and Katie Cash Hayes from Community Farmers Markets gave farmers valuable tips to help  farmers markets thrive at their session called “Sustaining Your Farmers Market – Why the Athens Farmers Market […]

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Last week, our talented Northeast Georgia farm to school crew teamed up with Lisa Ezzard and Brooks Franklin of Leah Lake Farm to run a carrot taste test at North Habersham Middle School. Some students arrived early into the lunchroom and went straight to the taste test to line up and meet the farmers. When […]

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Lyn Deardorff started Preserving Now over 5 years ago after she realized no one was offering Canning/Preserving classes in the Atlanta area.  She is a 40-year canner and has taken advanced coursework in food processing in the Food Science Department at UGA.  In May, she will complete her “Master Canner” Certification at Cornell University in […]

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By Cory Mosser It’s weird to not be busy planting in the spring. I still have some vestigial angst about constant spring rains, but I have no grounds for that at all. I’ve set aside my plow, and I’ve moved on to greener pastures. I’m now a member of the other FFA, the Former Farmer’s […]

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Our annual conference is a magical time for lots of reasons—The fellowship! The food! Getting down on the dance floor at the Farmers Feast!—but chief among them is the wonderful educational opportunities. Renowned speakers from across the state and across the country offer guidance on everything from building capacity for socially disadvantaged producers to rainwater […]

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Cyndi Ball of Lazy B Farm in Statham, Georgia recently spoke on the collective power of women and the effectiveness of peer-to-peer programming that the Ladies Homestead Gathering provides. Ball is the founder of this group with several chapters throughout Georgia that allows women to form partnerships, build communities, share ideas and challenges, and awaken […]

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Mimi Maumus is the acclaimed chef /owner of home.made catering in Athens, Georgia, that has inspired the palate of many avid eaters with what she defines as an “elevated southern cuisine that is always fresh, always seasonal, always from scratch.” Maumus revisits her New Orleans roots and family memories to produce brilliant classic southern inspired creations with […]

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By Rachel Waldron, FoodCorps Service Member Because there are so many great activities to do out in the garden during the springtime, its difficult to get the kids excited about staying inside. But when a substitute teacher does not take the students out to the garden, I try to bring aspects of the garden inside. […]

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By Abbie King, Intern, Georgia Organics Farm to School Intern We interviewed our Northeast Georgia Farm to School Regional Coordinator and Assistant, Maggie Van Cantfort & Georgia O’Farrell, about the exciting work they are doing in Habersham and Rabun counties as part of the Northeast Georgia Farm to School program. What is your role with Farm […]

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By Darby Smith of Sun Dog Farm in Blairsville, Ga. Life is an explosive force. There is no better time to witness this than early Spring. As the seeds emerge, the buds pop, and the ephemeral wild flowers set into bloom, the lush greenery is once again utilizing the power of the sun to expand, […]

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