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Atlanta Harvest stemmed from the desire to provide fresh, organic, and locally grown produce that is accessible to low-income communities in Atlanta. Late last summer Corbin and Bethaney, along with 35 local volunteers, a team from the Shelby County Farm to School Program in Memphis, as well as a team from Baltimore, began building high tunnels […]

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By Akilah Roberts and Claire Maxwell The Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) began its Orchard Project in 2010 with the inaugural planting at Burgess Peterson Academy in East Atlanta. The ALFI Orchard Project installs edible school and community orchards that aim to feed, teach, and inspire. The project has planted 21 orchards that provide direct access to local food while improving Atlanta’s landscape. […]

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For the second installment of Sound Ingredient, we talked to Terri Jagger Blincoe who owns and operates Ladybug Farms in Clayton, Georgia. I had the opportunity to drive up to North Georgia to visit Terri at her farm tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She told me all about growing kale, why it’s such a relevant crop, […]

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Seeds are an important natural resource that’s vital to farming, and the Organic Seed Alliance is an organization that “advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed.” We talked to Kristina Hubbard, OSA’s Director of Advocacy & Communications, about the wonders of organic seeds and their State of Organic Seed […]

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K. Rashid Nuri heads the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta, and he has worked in agriculture, organic and industrial, for several decades. In this interview with Michael Wall of Georgia Organics, he shares some of the defining experiences of his career. Recorded at the 2013 Georgia Organics Conference in Atlanta, Ga. […]

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Sound Ingredient is a new audio series in which we reach out to farmers to talk to them about their own successful crops, the crops’ nutritional values, and the methods used to grow them. We then talk to a local chef who makes regular use of these crops in their dishes. The series highlights the farmer and chef relationship […]

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We wanted to talk to farmers who haven’t always made their careers as growers about what influenced them to make the switch to farming full-time. In this series, we’ll ask growers what they were doing before they became farmers and why they decided to make the switch. Our first farmer is Cathy Payne who owns Broad River Pastures […]

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Community Health Works in Macon, Georgia works to improve Central Georgia residents’ health and better serve those who are uninsured. In addition to growing the Rx for the Uninsured network to provide health services to the underserved, Community Health Works leads the Central Georgia Grown initiative to promote locally grown food and connect people with […]

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By Nicole Bluh of the Good Shepherd Agroecology Center There are many positions coming available in the periphery of the field of agriculture… urban agriculture, agriculture policy and research, and non-profit business organizations have jobs for folks who are transitioning out of other fields and for activists in the food movement. Many people end up […]

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Samantha Benjamin-Kirk is the USDA’s Southeast Regional Lead for Farm to School. She is a great resource for us here in Georgia and we love working with her! Read on to hear her story of how she got involved in this movement. Benjamin-Kirk: I have always cared for others in one capacity or another, whether […]

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