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By Porter Mitchell Whole Foods’ new flagship location, located in Midtown, is a behemoth of a grocery store spanning the entire block on the corner of 14th and Spring Streets. It’s a massive 70,000 square feet, and features multiple hot food stations, a coffee shop, a bar, and an enormous array of produce, meat, fish, […]

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  By Jeff Romig It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you reach the top of the escalator at Whole Foods Market’s new flagship Southeastern location. They opened their 500th location to residents of their building and members of Atlanta’s food community for a preview, which isn’t something that typically happens when they open a new […]

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Small scale sustainable farmers continuously face an ongoing struggle to create and maintain relationships with buyers. While the barrier for entry into direct farmer to consumer platforms like farmers markets can be fairly low and transparent, selling to schools, restaurants, stores, and medical facilities can be far more challenging. To help address this challenge, Georgia […]

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Have you met Lauren Cox? Lauren brings several years of hands on farming and farm operation experience to the team. As the newly minted Organic Procurement Coordinator, Lauren will be leading our new farm to restaurant initiative. What was your previous job? Prior to joining GO, I farmed full time for seven years, first at […]

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By Jeff Romig WINDER – Farmer Cass gently pulled the baby carrot out of the soil, and pinched it between his fingers. With a slight twist, the dirt crumbled away. “Try this,” the owner of Finch Creek Farm in Winder recommended. “The flavor’s ridiculous.” Farmer Cass might as well be giving out candy. Biting into […]

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The North Highland Farmers Market closed its first season in Columbus, they ran biweekly from June-Nov. 2018 at MercyMed Clinic.  In their first season they had over $1500 in SNAP redemption and doubling! NHFM was a Potluck + Pitch winner from Nov. 2017 for which they won $2100 to plan and implement the market— funds […]

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By Aja Arnold Joe Reynolds didn’t mean to become a farmer. At least not in the beginning. “I’ve been obsessed with farmers for a really long time,” said Reynolds, farmer at Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens and current Chair of the Georgia Organics Board of Directors. “But I didn’t necessarily think I was going […]

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Farmers are essential. This fact drives Perri Campis’ work on a daily basis. “You might need a doctor once a year, but you need a farmer three times a day,” said Campis, Georgia Organics’ Farmer Services Coordinator, pictured above on the right as she helped Rahul Anand and Carson White, of Snapfinger Farm, sign up […]

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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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