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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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There isn’t anything lazy about Lazy B Farm! This farm produces meat, runs apiaries, and functions as a hands-on classroom. The owner, Cindi Ball, hosts classes on soap making, honey harvesting and bee keeping. To see some of the classes she has lined up for this summer, go to her website. But her classes aren’t […]

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On July 15, Georgia Organics and Coastal Organic Growers are partnering to host an organic peanut production field day at Healthy Hollow Farms in Stilson. Until 1990, Healthy Hollow Farms was a conventional farm, but costs of farming and health concerns led Connie and Jimmy Hayes to convert to organic production. Currently, Healthy Hollow Farms is […]

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As told by Julia Gardner Asherman of Rag & Frass Farm in Jeffersonville, Georgia. I named the farm Rag & Frass because I was sick of farms having names that sound like gated communities.  Farming is romantic—but mostly it’s dirty, sweaty, gritty and overwhelming.  I don’t think something has to be romantic or traditionally beautiful to […]

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James Hembree is a visionary. He is also a Georgia Organics member, the grounds superintendent at the University of West Georgia, and the owner of Hembree Lane Farm in Carrollton. Why did you become a member of Georgia Organics? You know, Rachael Carson, (author of “Silent Spring”), we thought she was ahead of her time. […]

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Last Thursday, Georgia Organics played host to farmers and gardeners from across the state for a field day at Lola’s Organic Farm in Wheeler County. Attendees saw the farms’ new additions, including a high tunnel (aka hoop house) and an ongoing SARE research project. Speakers included Vontice Jackson, the NRCS district conservationist in Georgia, Jerry Larson, recently retired […]

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With the population of the monarch butterfly at risk, conservationists are working to restore the habitats of these important pollinators, and the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta is putting an important call out to Georgians to collect native milkweed seed. Milkweed and other nectar plants are important for habitat creation for pollinators, such as the monarch. […]

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In March, as a representative of organic and sustainable farmers across the state, Georgia Organics attended a Georgia Department of Agriculture listening session concerning new herbicide-resistant traits to control Palmer amaranth–aka Roundup-resistant pigweed–that will soon be commercially available in Georgia. Many producers are concerned that the introduction of these new genetically modified crops will be accompanied […]

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