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USDA Farm to School continued its webinar series on finding, buying, and procuring local food with a session this week titled, “Finding Local Producers.” For school districts just getting started with farm to school, and for those looking to grow their programs, finding farmers from whom to buy is one of the first steps! We […]

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As mealtime manager for Garnish & Gather, Danielle Moore sources ingredients from farmers for their gourmet meal kits, so she knows firsthand how effective marketing can drive business for growers. Luckily for us, she’s going to talk about how the best, easiest ways for farmers to market themselves at the 17th Annual Georgia Organics Conference, Green Acres, […]

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The success of Southern Green Industries (SGI) has not come easily. The company, founded by Robert Del Bueno (right) and Dezso Gavaller, collects and recycles restaurant grease for biodiesel production, provides eco-friendly grease trap cleaning, and collects food waste for industrial composting. SGI’s success story is one for anyone interested in bucking the system and […]

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In part two of our interview with the Environmental Working Group’s Ken Cook, we talked about farm subsidies, food labeling, and what he sees coming down the pike for organic farmers and the industry as a whole. Cook will be speaking at the 17th Annual Georgia Organics Conference, Green Acres, Saving the Planet One Bite at a […]

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As president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, Ken Cook has spent the last two decades as a fierce and effective advocate for the environment, public health, and clean farming. (And after talking with him, we’re even bigger fans—conference attendees are in for a real humdinger of a keynote.) In this first installment of our two-part […]

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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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This week farmers from Northeast Georgia gathered at Wilbanks Middle School in Habersham County to reflect on their first full year of participating in the system’s farm to school program, and to plan for the 2014-2015 growing season. The school district contracted with ten farms all within 40 miles of Wilbanks to grow different products […]

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Earlier this week Emily Rose, our farm to school coordinator, was in Rockdale County for a cafeteria staff training. We do a lot of these, especially during times when school is out of session but staff have workdays. The trainings vary from district to district, and can cover everything from knife skills to seasonal, local […]

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It’s a new year, and there are loads of new opportunities for organic growers in our state. Several great farms are hiring—here are some of the jobs we know of right now. E-mail brooke at georgiaorganics dot org if we’re missing one and we’ll add it! Crager Hager Farm Apprentice, Carroll County Learn sustainable farming in […]

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We always love to see a farm connect with a local school system, so when the Little Farm in Gray posted a photo of school nutrition workers smiling with an order of pumpkins and radishes, we needed to know more! So we hollered at the Little Farm’s Amy Bean, who said they grew over 231 pounds […]

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