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Farmers markets are a viable resource for communities to support their local growers while incorporating more fresh and organically grown produce into their diets. As the presence of farmers markets in Georgia grows, its important for producers to know not only how to maintain their market but how to make it thrive. Jan Kozak is the market manager […]

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Applied agriponics is essentially the use of aquaponic and hydroponic systems to grow food without using soil. The field is continuing to expand, but the benefits of growing with water prove to be just as efficient as growing in traditional soil, and many of the same crops can be grown in aquaponic and hydroponic systems. Aaron Hart […]

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Farming in small spaces is just as significant as growing on large areas of farmland. Reusing as much space as possible and treating their farm (no matter how small) as a profitable business can allow producers to use their land to their benefit for years to come. Brennan Washington and his wife are the owners of Phoenix Gardens in Lawrenceville. […]

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Producing flavorful grass-fed beef depends on the proper breed and genetic makeup to add fat and protein efficiently. It’s important for ranchers to know what to consider and the traits to look for when assembling a quality grass-fed heard. Dan Glenn is a farmer and rancher at Deep Grass Graziers in Fitzgerald, Ga which has […]

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Hogs are in high demand from chefs everywhere. Raising hogs outdoors allows for better quality of meat which can help your farm become more profitable. Kellie and Ben Deen own and operate Savannah River Farms in Newington, Ga. They specialize in raising their livestock naturally to produce better tasting and healthier meat. The Deens will speak […]

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Community gardens not only increase people’s consumption of fresh produce, but they also improve overall physical and mental health of kids and adults alike by getting them outdoors, interacting with other people in their communities, and giving them the chance to later cook the foods they’ve personally grown and nurtured. Fred Conrad is the community garden coordinator […]

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FoodCorps Service Members have a knack for interacting with kids and teenagers, and they’re experts at getting them interested in learning about the nutrition of the foods they consume. Whether they are working with kids in school gardens or performing cooking demonstrations with the foods students have grown, FoodCorps service members provide hands-on education and promote local food […]

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Suzanne O’Connell’s interest in high tunnel production can be traced back to her beginning as a Master’s student at North Carolina State University where she studied the nutrient uptake of heirloom tomatoes in organic production systems. She went on to study cover crops with a focus on nutrient release patterns for her PhD. O’Connell is an Assistant Professor […]

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There’s no doubt that a lot of work goes into starting a farm. It’s important for beginning farmers to have all the tools and resources to plan a successful farm and farm business. Daniel Parson, former Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year and Oxford College at Emory University Farmer, has been farming for over […]

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Hugh Lovel is a farmer, educator, and scientist well-known for his experience in biodynamic farming and operating the first CSA in Georgia. He hosted the South-East Biodynamic Conferences at his home for 12 years and since 2005 he has spent his time between Australia and the U.S. teaching and writing. He founded the Quantum Agriculture Consultancy with […]

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