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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTA, Ga., March 3, 2017

Georgia Organics has appointed Michael Wall as its first Director of Farmer Services in the organization’s 20-year history.  Wall has worked with Georgia Organics for nine years, most recently as Director of Programs.  Wall leads the Farmer Services Team – Farmer Services Coordinator Tenisio Seanima and Farmer Services Fellow Perri Campis – in the organization’s efforts to bring affordable healthcare options closer to small-scale family farms, train beginning farmers through the Journeyman Program, and increase the number of farmers and ranchers achieving organic certification.

Emily Cumbie-Drake, former Farm to School Director, was promoted to Director of Programs and now oversees all of Georgia Organics community engagement programs, including its nationally recognized farm to school program, and the Georgia Food Oasis program. Prior to her work at Georgia Organics, Cumbie-Drake worked at Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

“We’re delighted to expand our Farmer Services team and have Michael’s experience and leadership at the helm of this work,” said Alice Rolls, Executive Director of Georgia Organics. “This new position will enable Georgia Organics to expand support for organic and sustainable farmers across the entire state, including working towards our goal of 200 certified organic farms in Georgia by 2020.”

Prior to his work at Georgia Organics, Wall worked as an award-winning journalist for newspapers in Atlanta, rural Georgia, and the Virgin Islands. Wall currently serves on the board of directors of the Atlanta Audubon Society and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. His family currently farms land in Dooly and Terrell counties in South Georgia.

“Our farmers do critically important work. They are economic development engines that also provide us with healthy fresh foods, while they are rejuvenating our soils and are working to feed their own families,” Wall said. “That’s almost too much to ask of them. But if we can support them in any way, that’s what we are here for.”

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