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By Nicole Bluh of the Good Shepherd Agroecology Center There are many positions coming available in the periphery of the field of agriculture… urban agriculture, agriculture policy and research, and non-profit business organizations have jobs for folks who are transitioning out of other fields and for activists in the food movement. Many people end up […]

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Editor’s Note: We’re kicking off #dirtlife, our new producer-written blog series, with a post from Darby Smith of the Sun Dog Farm in Blairsville. This series is funded by the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant.  By Darby Smith It feels like just yesterday my husband Elliot and I were in the greenhouse, intoxicated by […]

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Hunter Cattle Company is a pastured and sustainable farm that raises cows, chickens and hogs. Kristan Fretwell, part of the Hunter Cattle family, explains the difference between their approach and conventional cattle production. What does being a pastured and sustainable farm mean for your cattle? And what does that entail? Pastured: During the cows’ lifetimes on our […]

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By Robin Chanin, Executive Director of Global Growers Network Farming is a hot topic lately.  There are so many perspectives on it, but there’s one thing that just about everyone agrees on: farming is hard work.  It’s not just the sheer physical labor that’s hard, though it certainly is.  The economics are hard work, too.  […]

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By Brittany Aiello, Skylight Farm People arrive at the value of local and organic for many reasons, with countless motivations. Some, like myself, realize the health benefits of consuming things that are grown and raised naturally. Others, like my husband, Justin Aiello of Skylight Farm, want their work to be good, something that cares for […]

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As told by Robin Chanin of the Global Growers Network. “Bamboo Creek Farm is aptly named for its characteristic geographic features, namely a large forest bamboo and a polluted creek!! Oh yeah, it’s a farm too. I challenge you to find something more creative out there! The name Bamboo Creek Farm was the first thing […]

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This year, a cross disciplinary collaboration that encompassed students and professionals alike has resulted in a solution for a practical agricultural problem. This partnership began in January, when nearly 60 senior mechanical engineering students of Auburn University’s College of Engineerings gathered to listen to speakers from various industries discuss needs, problems, and projects within their given […]

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Since it’s currently a verdant and productive swathe of land, it’s hard to believe that The Good Samaritan Urban Farm started out as an empty lot full of kudzu and 172 tires. The farm sits behind the Good Samaritan Health Center,“a non-profit Christian organization that provides healthcare to uninsured, low income people in greater metropolitan […]

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On July 15, Georgia Organics and Coastal Organic Growers hosted an organic peanut field day at Healthy Hollow Farms near Stilson in southeast Georgia. This was a unique opportunity for growers interested in organic farming not only to visit the only certified organic peanut farm in Georgia, but also to learn production practices on a […]

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As told by Nea Permenter of Beyond the Boonies Farm in Lumpkin, Georgia.  Our friends from Florida named the farm. They were traveling to visit us and our directions were for them to turn left at the blue farmhouse (our nearest neighbors at 1/2 mile away). When they reached us they said the blue farmhouse […]

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