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Based on trends over the last decade, it’s difficult to tell whether the end game of biotechnology is to help farmers or to have more products to sell. While persistent weeds are possibly the single greatest obstacle to successful production in the South, the past has shown that Mother Nature is more clever than human […]

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Husband and wife Bryan Hager and Wendy Crager run Crager Hager Farm in Carroll County, Georgia. You can find their grub at the Cotton Mill Farmers Market, the Peachtree City Farmers Market, Little Hawaiian, Sunset Hills Country Club, or get it delivered weekly by Farmers Fresh CSA. What do you do on the farm? I’m a […]

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As told by Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens.  Naming something is an intimate and sacred endeavor, whereby you hope to articulate all of your meaning, intent, and action into a few letters or words.  When Judith and I first began our farm business, we were farming at the Glover Family […]

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On many levels, organic farms are works of art. Using processes perfected by nature to grow environmentally responsible – and delicious – food takes skill, hard work, and a touch of artistry, and that’s all on display at the Good Shepherd Agro Ecology Center in Atlanta’s West End, which is as lovely from the sky […]

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GrowBiz is our blog series that focuses on businesses that can help farmers thrive. Know of one you think we should know about? Shoot an email to brooke at georgiaorganics dot org.  When we were brainstorming topics for GrowBiz, we didn’t have to look far for a great lawyer. Kyle Moore is an attorney specializing […]

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“Green Acres: Saving the Planet One Bite at a Time,” Feb. 21-22 on Jekyll Island, Workshop leaders:  Nancy Adamson, Xerces and NRCS and Keren Giovengo, University of Georgia MAREX Enhancing diversity on farms supports bees and many other beneficial insects, improving crop production and reducing pest outbreaks. Join Nancy and Keren to learn about common bees, […]

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I am interested in helping organic farmers adapt to climate change. And one very important part of that is constructing and maintaining a strong community that supports organic production. That community needs to be farmers, buyers (yes Whole Foods, etc.), and customers. Consumers need to eat with our heart and minds as well as body. […]

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Melody Myers, a VP for United Natural Foods and sponsor of the 2013 Georgia Organics conference, wrote this update on the farm bill and the priorities for more organic production, research and promotions. The organic message is clear and concise:   Pass a comprehensive Farm Bill this year! A current farm bill with organic priorities will support […]

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It’s touted as North American’s premier farm show. After seeing the miles of tractors, farm equipment, and commodity crop demonstrations, nobody can disagree. Over 100,000 people attend the Sunbelt Ag Expo each year. Farmers from across the region come to see the latest products and systems that promise greater efficiencies and improved yields. All of […]

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We’re pretty big fans of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Margaret Mellon, especially after reading her excellent takedown of the catchphrase “Feed the world”:  “It seems to come up with depressing regularity to justify, among other things, pesticides, industrial-scale monoculture, and biotechnology, all of which we must embrace—all together now—to feed the world. What gets […]

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