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Crop Stories is a quarterly magazine published by Athens Farmers Market that reveals the journey of seasonal crops from farm to table. The zine includes the story of crops, Athens Farmers Market farmers, and bring recipes from Georgia organic growers and talented local chefs. The first Crop Stories was released in June 2014 and the blueberry had the honor to be the […]

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Farming in small spaces is just as significant as growing on large areas of farmland. Reusing as much space as possible and treating their farm (no matter how small) as a profitable business can allow producers to use their land to their benefit for years to come. Brennan Washington and his wife are the owners of Phoenix Gardens in Lawrenceville. […]

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The students of Jackson County Schools were recently treated to a very local meal. To kick off “Georgia Grown, Jackson Strong,” on Sept. 24 all twelve cafeterias in the school district served a lunch that was entirely grown in Georgia, and most of it from right inside Jackson County! The menu was: Baked Chicken Breast […]

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We’ve got a tough fight. In Georgia, almost 1 million children are overweight or obese. Across the nation, we lost 23 percent of our honeybee population last year, likely due to a new class of pesticides. And across the globe, up to 29 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gases come from conventional farming. These are huge problems, and we need […]

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Editor’s note: On this 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s death, we wanted to post this piece from one of our sister organizations to the north, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. Click here to read Executive Director Alice Rolls’ take on the importance of Carson’s legacy for the organic agriculture movement. And if you’re […]

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  By Pam Knox, UGA Agricultural Climatologist Following a very wet 2013, this year has gotten off to a drier than usual start, although generally soil moisture has been very good until recently.  In the last few weeks, abnormally dry conditions have started to creep into the mountains in northeast Georgia as well as scattered […]

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Georgia is a key piece of the Monarch butterfly’s survival. And right now, they’re not not doing so hot. Since record-keeping began, the lowest number of monarchs arrived in Mexico for their winter migration this past year. In the past two weeks, both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported on this disturbing […]

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On October 30, students in the Grady High School Earth Club hosted a lettuce taste test open to fellow students, faculty, and staff. Their goal was to use the taste test not only as a way to encourage their peers to try a healthy food and hopefully enjoy it, but to educate them on local […]

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