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We often picture farmers out in the field – on their tractors, weeding, harvesting, planting seeds, and packing their produce for market – but farmers are small business owners too. And like any small business owner, they have to fill nearly every role in a business. Farmers are also marketing departments, salespeople, human resources directors, […]

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By Porter Mitchell What’s certified organic produce? “It’s the kind people are buying,” said Michael Wall, Georgia Organics’ Farmer Services Director. According to the Organic Trade Association’s most recent report, 82 percent of Georgia households purchase certified organic produce, and national sales of organic produce have skyrocketed to become a $49 billion dollar a year […]

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By Jeff Romig Disasters are as much a constant as they are a variable for farmers. The effects from hurricanes, tornadoes, and destructive lightening are all possible unwanted farm visitors. Farmers know this uninvited guest is coming. They just don’t know when or in what form. “The Farmer Fund is based on not if there […]

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Farming is one of the most stressful jobs in the country. Here are a few tips to manage stress, long-term and short-term. Crisis hotlines can be helpful to some. [https://namiga.org/georgia-crisis-and-access-line/] Talking to someone about stress can also be helpful. Control events To reduce the pile-up of too many stressful events at one time, farmers/ranchers can […]

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“If something happens to me on the farm, God help me, I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Jamila Norman, Patchwork City Farms Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States–the CDC estimates that 58,000 injuries occur on farms annually. Farming is twice as deadly as law enforcement and five […]

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By Jeff Romig Sed Rowe’s plot of organic peanuts grows on a non-descript 10-acre stretch of land on State Road 300 near Albany.  Rowe Farms doesn’t have an address.   To find it, you need the address for Berachah Fellowship Church, which sits about 100 yards from the dirt drive that leads to this exciting experiment.  But, it’s […]

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By Jeff Romig Farmer prosperity is an elusive idea with many variables. But, working to help our farmers achieve prosperity is at the core of Georgia Organics’ daily work. In turn, our Farmer Services team is working to offer individualized, direct support like never before. Organic farmers must prosper to make organic food accessible to […]

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By Jeff Romig Farmers and Mother Nature have been business partners forever. Most days, they get along just fine. But like any partnership, some days can be disastrous. Last week, Hurricane Michael created this situation for countless Georgia farms, including Lola’s Organic Farm, whose shredded hoop house is shown above. A new farm every day […]

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By Jeff Romig Carrollton City Schools was the big winner at Monday’s Golden Radish Awards thanks to one thing. Innovation. They secured the 2018 Outstanding District Award for establishing a STEM focused farm to school model encompassing school gardening and an after school culinary club. “They’re cutting edge, and they don’t make any excuse for […]

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By Jeff Romig Eating the perfect strawberry can be a transcendent experience. This isn’t an experience that comes from a big box grocer, or an experience that comes at a farmer’s market (although you can get close). When you sink your teeth into the perfect strawberry, it happens in a field. You’ve just plucked that strawberry, you’ve bitten into its supple […]

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