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Raising chickens doesn’t require much time or space, and provides a variety of benefits to whoever decides to embrace the flocks. None of this is news to Anne-Marie Anderson, who’s taught several classes about chicken-keeping for the Wylde Centerand organizes their annual urban coop tour. Anderson is also founder and Head Gardener of The Celtic Gardener, a landscaping […]

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Athens, Ga., is the place to be this February, and not just becauseour 18th annual conference and the Georgia Farm to School & Preschool Summit are coming to town. Taste of Athens, the storied food festival that’s been around for 22 years, is Feb. 22. (That’s the day after our conference—If you’re still in town, stick around!) Organizers are […]

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A recipe is so much more than a list of ingredients and instructions. Well-written recipes are an amalgamation of each writer’s own history, scholarship and personal taste. Recipes written with a respect for both ingredients and source are unmistakably different in not only taste, but the feelings evoked in their preparation and enjoyment. Tamie Cook […]

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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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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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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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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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Cover crops are essential to growing organically and maintaining fertile soil, and factors like species selection and timely planting are important for vegetables to thrive. Few researchers know as much about soil sciences and cover crops as UGA’s Julia Gaskin. She is an expert in soil quality and sustainable agriculture and serves as the Southern Sustainable Agriculture […]

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