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There are a lot of ways that farmers can diversify their land and make their farms function more efficiently by using a closed loop system that doesn’t rely heavily on outside inputs. Using natural fertilizers, saving seed, and storing food are all methods that can decrease expenses and allow for increased self-reliance. Darby Smith co-owns Sun Dog Farm […]

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Farming in small spaces is just as significant as growing on large areas of farmland. Reusing as much space as possible and treating their farm (no matter how small) as a profitable business can allow producers to use their land to their benefit for years to come. Brennan Washington and his wife are the owners of Phoenix Gardens in Lawrenceville. […]

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Producing flavorful grass-fed beef depends on the proper breed and genetic makeup to add fat and protein efficiently. It’s important for ranchers to know what to consider and the traits to look for when assembling a quality grass-fed heard. Dan Glenn is a farmer and rancher at Deep Grass Graziers in Fitzgerald, Ga which has […]

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By Katherine Eddins, Georgia Land Trust Executive Director While people are busy with all the festivities and wonder of the holidays, land trusts are busy too: working together to help in their unique ways to protect farmland as open space forever. Farmers who do conservation easements need to get them done by year’s end for tax planning […]

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By Cory Mosser, Burge Organic Farm & Founder of Natural Born Tillers I took the long way. I drove through endless miles of cotton stubs and fallow fields on sparse two-lane highways. I needed time to think. I had been warned countless times to not let the romantic notion of running a farm blur the […]

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Are you a farmer or distributor who wants to sell to a preschool? Well, you’re invited to attend Georgia’s first Farm to Preschool Meet and Greets, which will serve as an opportunity for local farmers and distributors to meet with representatives from preschools and early childcare centers, and discuss opportunities for buying and selling fresh, […]

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Atlanta Harvest stemmed from the desire to provide fresh, organic, and locally grown produce that is accessible to low-income communities in Atlanta. Late last summer Corbin and Bethaney, along with 35 local volunteers, a team from the Shelby County Farm to School Program in Memphis, as well as a team from Baltimore, began building high tunnels […]

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Sound Ingredient is a new audio series in which we reach out to farmers to talk to them about their own successful crops, the crops’ nutritional values, and the methods used to grow them. We then talk to a local chef who makes regular use of these crops in their dishes. The series highlights the farmer and chef relationship […]

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By Stephanie Simmons, FoodCorps Fellow Farm to School Month is pumpkin time in America! October is comfortably nestled between the last big bumper crops of summertime and a holiday where feast-laden tables take center stage. It’s also a season of bountiful orange harvest, and a wonderful time to explore the glories of the farm with […]

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By Pam Knox, UGA Agricultural Climatologist This year’s summer was cool and pretty across most of the state of Georgia. Many people have commented about the lack of extreme heat and the relatively pleasant conditions this year. In fact, the daily maximum temperatures for June through August show that the summer was very close to […]

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