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By Pam Knox, UGA Agricultural Climatologist There’s been a lot of hype in the popular news this month about the prospects for a very strong El Nino, which is developing in the eastern Pacific Ocean and is expected to peak this winter. El Nino is the warm phase of an oscillation in Pacific Ocean temperatures […]

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While some tend to think of government labeling as a method of achieving consumer protection, and in some ways it certainly is. However, when we don’t understand the truth behind the labeling, the labels can be just as misleading as they are informative. For example, most people understand that the term “organic” is important today. […]

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Within weeks of accepting the Executive Director role at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in 2009, Lauren Carey witnessed one torrential downpour after another. The intense rain wreaked havoc on farmland across Georgia, wiping out crops, and destroying the livelihood of farmers. Led by Slow Food Atlanta, the local food community immediately went into what […]

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Georgia Organics has teamed up with the Georgia Department of Agriculture for the 100 Organic Farms Campaign, which removes the financial barrier to USDA Organic Certification by reimbursing the full cost of organic certification up to $1,000 for farmers pursuing it for the first time. So far, the following three farms have gotten their certification […]

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James Carr knew he wanted to be a writer when he joined the newspaper staff at Milton High School. Since then, he hosted several radio shows while attending the University of Georgia, worked for FOX Sports, The Shadow League, Appen Newspapers and recently spent a year in New York City working for a nonprofit called Move This […]

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By Cory Mosser It’s weird to not be busy planting in the spring. I still have some vestigial angst about constant spring rains, but I have no grounds for that at all. I’ve set aside my plow, and I’ve moved on to greener pastures. I’m now a member of the other FFA, the Former Farmer’s […]

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Our annual conference is a magical time for lots of reasons—The fellowship! The food! Getting down on the dance floor at the Farmers Feast!—but chief among them is the wonderful educational opportunities. Renowned speakers from across the state and across the country offer guidance on everything from building capacity for socially disadvantaged producers to rainwater […]

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By Darby Smith of Sun Dog Farm in Blairsville, Ga. Life is an explosive force. There is no better time to witness this than early Spring. As the seeds emerge, the buds pop, and the ephemeral wild flowers set into bloom, the lush greenery is once again utilizing the power of the sun to expand, […]

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Tenisio Seanima is a familiar (and beloved!) face in the Atlanta Good Food scene, and we’re thrilled to welcome him onboard as our new Farmer Services Coordinator. His agricultural roots run deep—his Great-Grandfather August Long farmed in Texas well into his 80s! Tenisio is a graduate of HABESHA, Inc.‘s Urban Grower program, and established and […]

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