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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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Money! Good food costs a lot, right? It isn’t easy eating green. You’d think it’d be cheaper without all those pesticides on them, or that they weren’t grown from GMO seeds, but turns out that growing organically takes a lot of work. That work costs a bit more money. Not always but sometimes. Point is, […]

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Some growers farm solely to make a living, to turn a profit, to provide for themselves and their families. There ain’t a darn thing wrong with that. There are other farmers, though, who’ve been pulled to the land by an unknown force, who’ve been nudged towards it by an unseen hand. The connections these farmers […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to raise the allowed residue level of the herbicide Roundup, (glyphosate) on food. If you are curious about pesticide use in Georgia, check this out. But wait! It’s not a done deal and there’s something you can do about it! Please keep reading. Tweet

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