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By Porter Mitchell When West End farmer Lovey Gilliam’s mother was undergoing chemotherapy for her cancer, Lovey was shocked to see how her diet declined. She lacked the energy and the time to cook, so she relied heavily on fast foods and convenience foods–to the detriment of her health. Alarmed at her mother’s worsening condition, and unable to leave her Atlanta farm to tend […]

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By Porter Mitchell Snapfinger Farm sits on a sleepy, winding suburban road, across from an old church and its small cemetery. A steady stream of airplanes fly over the 14-acre farm in Henry county. Rahul Anand has farmed here for two-and-a-half years, slowly reshaping the fallow pasture land into tilled rows of soil, building a hoop-house on […]

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By Porter Mitchell Whole Foods’ new flagship location, located in Midtown, is a behemoth of a grocery store spanning the entire block on the corner of 14th and Spring Streets. It’s a massive 70,000 square feet, and features multiple hot food stations, a coffee shop, a bar, and an enormous array of produce, meat, fish, […]

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  By Jeff Romig It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you reach the top of the escalator at Whole Foods Market’s new flagship Southeastern location. They opened their 500th location to residents of their building and members of Atlanta’s food community for a preview, which isn’t something that typically happens when they open a new […]

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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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