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  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 in the […]

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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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Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities that recognize that food is a powerful tool to unite residents, build local economies, and foster public health. From obesity and dietary-health to food sovereignty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to increasing economic and social disparities, food is not only at the […]

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Kimberly Koogler is a farmer and a long-time member of the Georgia Organics team. We are happy to welcome her to the Georgia Organics staff in a full-time role! What was your previous job? I was the CSA Manager and Market Person at Cosmos Farm and the part-time Farm to School Assistant here at Georgia […]

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You may already know Ashley Dowling. She has several years of experience working in Georgia’s Good Food Movement and is passionate about food systems work. She is joining the Georgia Organics team as our Events Manager. She will manage coordination of the Georgia Organics Conference, Georgia Farm to School and Early Care Summit, and Cast […]

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Have you met Lauren Cox? Lauren brings several years of hands on farming and farm operation experience to the team. As the newly minted Organic Procurement Coordinator, Lauren will be leading our new farm to restaurant initiative. What was your previous job? Prior to joining GO, I farmed full time for seven years, first at […]

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Georgia Organics is proud to have participated in the commencement of this study by locating the participating Atlanta family. A groundbreaking peer-reviewed study published in the journal Environmental Research found that switching to an organic diet significantly reduced the levels of synthetic pesticides found in all participants – after less than one week. On average, […]

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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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Chris and Jenny of Jenny Jack Farm are in their 13th season farming a few acres of veggies and fruits in Pine mountain, Ga.. They have a 125 member CSA, a thriving on-Farm Market, and have recently expanded their added value products to include microgreens and chocolate. Chris will be speaking at the Alternative Funding: Farming […]

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It was not a lighthearted greeting. As an occupation, farmers rank third in the nation for suicide rates. Suicide rates in rural America are 55 percent higher than they are in urban areas. Rural Americans are twice as likely to die from opioids as a car accident. A major contributing factor to these trends: “Access […]

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