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Atlanta is ready to become a national leader in local food systems—today Mayor Kasim Reed signed an ordinance that will encourage and support our growing urban agriculture movement. (Read the full text of the ordinance here.) Development of the ordinance was led by the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Georgia Organics, a grassroots group of urban farmers, […]

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In March, as a representative of organic and sustainable farmers across the state, Georgia Organics attended a Georgia Department of Agriculture listening session concerning new herbicide-resistant traits to control Palmer amaranth–aka Roundup-resistant pigweed–that will soon be commercially available in Georgia. Many producers are concerned that the introduction of these new genetically modified crops will be accompanied […]

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Industrial ag takes a toll on our state, but organics can rejuvenate Georgia. The corn on the right has not been genetically modified. It’s certified organic, grown at Riverview Farms in Ranger, and it’s used to feed the heritage Berkshire hogs that Charlotte and Wes Swancy raise. No synthetic fertilizers or dangerous pesticides were used […]

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Editor’s note: This first appeared in the fall 2013 edition of the Dirt, our quarterly member newsletter. Want to get a copy? Join Georgia Organics today! A recent issue of National Geographic focused on climate change showed a graphic depicting the globe redrawn to show what rising seas would do to our banks, shores, and coastlines […]

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On many levels, organic farms are works of art. Using processes perfected by nature to grow environmentally responsible – and delicious – food takes skill, hard work, and a touch of artistry, and that’s all on display at the Good Shepherd Agro Ecology Center in Atlanta’s West End, which is as lovely from the sky […]

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Editor’s note: This originally ran in the Spring 2013 edition of the Dirt, our quarterly member newsletter. Want to get an issue in the future? Join Georgia Organics today! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know who Rachel Carson was. In high school biology class, I made a papier-mâché doll of Carson, complete with […]

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At our fifth and final congressional meeting of the day on Capitol Hill, our Georgia team heard the same remarks about new, healthier school meals. Rep. John Barrow said he’d heard people say there’s a lot of plate waste, that kids were throwing their school lunch in the trash. “Actually, they’re not in our schools,” […]

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Lots of folks have been analyzing the Farm Bill. Here’s a round up of some of the better ones. Some of the best, and most informed Farm Bill info is coming out from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, of which Georgia Organics is a member.They drill deep into the good, bad, and the ugly in […]

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Georgia Organics and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Press Release. January 28, 2014, Atlanta, GA – The farm bill reported by the joint conference committee renews funding for a number of important programs that were left stranded by last year’s farm bill extension, but fails to make much-needed reforms in the structure of farm policy. […]

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This week several of us here at Georgia Organics are taking the SNAP Challenge, which means for seven days we’ll eat using the average food and drink budget of someone on SNAP*, which is $4.50/day. Why? Tweet

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