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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 Angel Mills Our very own Director of Programs Amber Suitt spoke on the premier panel at the Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium on April 22. Education and farmer support were hot topics during the panel. The number one request we’ve received over the years is school gardens. “We have gardens at schools […]

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As a high school teacher and farmer, Brooke Lewis-Slamkova has a passion for teaching kids where and how their food is grown.  Her current position as the Family Consumer Science teacher in Barrow County allows her to teach students about how their food choices impact themselves and their community.  Hands-on learning and taste-tests provide the perfect […]

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LaMonika Jones is the Procurement and Purchasing Compliance Officer at Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning. Originally from Detroit, LaMonika has lived in Georgia for the past 10 years. Since graduating from college, she has spent time in various sectors working for small businesses as well as grassroots non-profits. LaMonika is passionate about what she […]

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By Renee De Shay Tasha joined Captain Planet Foundation as manager of Project Learning Garden in 2018, after nearly a decade of growing in the field as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. In each of her teaching positions Tasha used her campus gardens and green spaces to weave health and environmental awareness and engagement into her […]

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by Angel Mills By Angel Mills Burgess Peterson Academy’s (BPA) celebrated the tenth anniversary of its fruit tree orchard and garden on April 12 at its pre-K-5 campus in East Atlanta. Students, teachers, parents, and community members participated in the celebration, which included a full day of events – starting with a half-day teacher training […]

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Drew Belline (Decatur) – Drew Belline is currently the Executive Chef / Owner of No. 246 in Decatur, Georgia; a restaurant that focuses on seasonally and locally sourced American-Italian cuisine.  Chef Belline is also the Vice President of Creative Direction and concept development for the Ford Fry restaurant group in Atlanta and has worked in the […]

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By Renee De Shay Jennifer Delorme is the Quality Rated ERS Assessor Manager at Bright from the Start; DECAL, Quality Rated. She has worked in the early childhood field since she was 16 years old. Jennifer has years of experience with teaching Montessori, infant/toddlers and preschool, providing technical assistance with best practices and the Environment Rating […]

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