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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 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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Alabama’s First Certified Organic Dairy Farm Working Cows Dairy & Rinske’s Cheese is selling 180 acres of Certified Organic irrigated land for $4500 an acre. Land includes 110 acre pivot and an 800 square foot house. The address is 5539 North State Hwy 103 Slocomb, AL 36375 Phone 334-886-3839 Cell 334 791 6830 Contact farm owner Rinske […]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting our Platinum Golden Radish Award Winner Sumter County. School Nutrition Manager and 2018 Southeast Regional Manager of the Year Larry Jackson hosted me during my visit. Larry’s enthusiasm for school meal innovation is infectious. He inspired the scholars at Furlow Charter School to embrace healthy, local  fruits and vegetables through […]

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At Georgia Organics, we love our farmers. Each month we’ll be showcasing our farmer members and the fabulous products they sell. This month we spoke to John Davis and Kimberly Koogler. John is the owner of Cosmos Farm in Carrollton, Ga. Kimberly is the CSA Manager and a vegetable farmer at Cosmos and the Farm […]

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For more information contact Cathy Payne at paynecr05@me.com. The property at 2973 River Road has been organically managed using eco-farming methods since December, 2009. Best practices have been implemented to increase the biodiversity of life in the soil, produce nutrient-dense food, and to manage pastured animals. No-till practices in gardens and pastures have been in place […]

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The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) introduced their famous rainfall simulator at our food safety and soil health workshop at  Mayflor Farms. The rainfall simulator consists of a sprinkler mounted over four trays with four different soil samples in them. The soil samples were all taken recently from farms in Georgia. They contained continuously grazed pasture, […]

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