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By Jeff Romig WINDER – Farmer Cass gently pulled the baby carrot out of the soil, and pinched it between his fingers. With a slight twist, the dirt crumbled away. “Try this,” the owner of Finch Creek Farm in Winder recommended. “The flavor’s ridiculous.” Farmer Cass might as well be giving out candy. Biting into […]

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The North Highland Farmers Market closed its first season in Columbus, they ran biweekly from June-Nov. 2018 at MercyMed Clinic.  In their first season they had over $1500 in SNAP redemption and doubling! NHFM was a Potluck + Pitch winner from Nov. 2017 for which they won $2100 to plan and implement the market— funds […]

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By Aja Arnold Joe Reynolds didn’t mean to become a farmer. At least not in the beginning. “I’ve been obsessed with farmers for a really long time,” said Reynolds, farmer at Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens and current Chair of the Georgia Organics Board of Directors. “But I didn’t necessarily think I was going […]

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We often picture farmers out in the field – on their tractors, weeding, harvesting, planting seeds, and packing their produce for market – but farmers are small business owners too. And like any small business owner, they have to fill nearly every role in a business. Farmers are also marketing departments, salespeople, human resources directors, […]

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By Porter Mitchell What’s certified organic produce? “It’s the kind people are buying,” said Michael Wall, Georgia Organics’ Farmer Services Director. According to the Organic Trade Association’s most recent report, 82 percent of Georgia households purchase certified organic produce, and national sales of organic produce have skyrocketed to become a $49 billion dollar a year […]

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By Jeff Romig Disasters are as much a constant as they are a variable for farmers. The effects from hurricanes, tornadoes, and destructive lightening are all possible unwanted farm visitors. Farmers know this uninvited guest is coming. They just don’t know when or in what form. “The Farmer Fund is based on not if there […]

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Farming is one of the most stressful jobs in the country. Here are a few tips to manage stress, long-term and short-term. Crisis hotlines can be helpful to some. [https://namiga.org/georgia-crisis-and-access-line/] Talking to someone about stress can also be helpful. Control events To reduce the pile-up of too many stressful events at one time, farmers/ranchers can […]

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By Jeff Romig Sed Rowe’s plot of organic peanuts grows on a non-descript 10-acre stretch of land on State Road 300 near Albany.  Rowe Farms doesn’t have an address.   To find it, you need the address for Berachah Fellowship Church, which sits about 100 yards from the dirt drive that leads to this exciting experiment.  But, it’s […]

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By Jeff Romig Farmer prosperity is an elusive idea with many variables. But, working to help our farmers achieve prosperity is at the core of Georgia Organics’ daily work. In turn, our Farmer Services team is working to offer individualized, direct support like never before. Organic farmers must prosper to make organic food accessible to […]

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By Jeff Romig Eating the perfect strawberry can be a transcendent experience. This isn’t an experience that comes from a big box grocer, or an experience that comes at a farmer’s market (although you can get close). When you sink your teeth into the perfect strawberry, it happens in a field. You’ve just plucked that strawberry, you’ve bitten into its supple […]

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