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Small scale sustainable farmers continuously face an ongoing struggle to create and maintain relationships with buyers. While the barrier for entry into direct farmer to consumer platforms like farmers markets can be fairly low and transparent, selling to schools, restaurants, stores, and medical facilities can be far more challenging. To help address this challenge, Georgia […]

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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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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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Over a dozen growers from across Georgia and the greater Southeast came together at the 21st annual Georgia Organics Conference to attend the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. This training satisfied part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety (§ 112.22(c)) compliance requirements. Grower training participants took an in-depth look at food safety on […]

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  Food Safety Success! Tips and tools to use GAPs and FSMA for growing safe food, strengthening your farm, and entering new markets. Ready to have food safety be a key to success?  The GA Small Farm Food Safety Campaign, supported by USDA-NIFA, is offering free workshops around the state to give produce farmers the opportunity […]

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