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Urban Ag Icon Honored at 20th Anniversary Georgia Organics Conference

Nuri speaks to the crowd after accepting the Land Steward Award.

ATLANTA—-Over 1,000 attendees joined Georgia Organics to celebrate 20 years of incredible growth in the good food movement and honor an icon for urban agriculture at the 20th Anniversary Georgia Organics Conference, Rashid Nuri, founder of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.

As Nuri often says, “We grow food, we grow people, and we grow community.” Between the two farms, they’ve also helped to grow a movement.

Nuri was honored with the Land Steward Award, given to those who have contributed greatly to the organic movement in Georgia; on the farm through environmentally friendly production, and off the farm, through leadership, education, and outreach.

At Truly Living Well, Nuri and his team transformed a former public housing site, long forgotten and disused, into a verdant garden. They teach people how to take care of themselves, the planet, and each other. They grow healthy food where there isn’t any for miles.

Truly Living Well is Atlanta’s urban agriculture wellspring and continues to foster the growing network of urban and market gardens that are transforming the City of Atlanta landscape/food environment.

“It would be difficult – and time consuming at the very least – to rattle off the very long list of Rashid’s successes,” said Robert Currey, board member of Georgia Organics. “But all of us who know him can easily recall the moment we first met him.”

The award was presented on Feb. 18 just before the conference’s climatic event, the Farmers Feast, a meal prepared by the state’s best chefs featuring organically raised meats and produce from Georgia and the Southeast.

  1. Milton woods says:

    Best wishes in Atlanta!!! February 1, 2017, Diann & Milton Woods of Millisesbarn Veggie Farm were awarded the Go Texan! Big Mac Award presentation by Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Texas Department of Agriculture. The late Edward (Big Mac) McGown graduate of Alcorn University was a 6′-8″ brother in the marketing department that got small producers products into the market at a great profit. Bottom-line, he put us on the map.

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