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Elbert County School District received the Outstanding School District Award and Platinum Level recognition at the 2019 Golden Radish Awards. The Outstanding School District Award is given annually to school districts exhibiting exceptional excellence in Farm to School.   Elbert County School District created their first comprehensive Farm to School plan in 2015. “For many years, I was reluctant to start any Farm to School initiatives…no […]

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Renee De Shay Effingham County School District, a two-time Platinum level Golden Radish Award winner, is the recipient of the 2019 Organic Radish Award. This is the second year; Georgia Organics has awarded the Organic Radish Award which recognizes a school district that is working with sustainable and/or Certified Organic farms through procurement and/or education. […]

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Georgia Organics’ history in Athens runs deep. Athens’ Good Food Movement, composed of growers, school nutrition leaders, community food advocates, and eaters, is especially strong. This year, we’re recognizing both Barrow County and Athens-Clarke County School Districts at the Golden Radish Awards. Next year, Georgia Organics is hosting the 2020 Conference & Expo in Athens […]

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Renee De Shay How do you build a lasting Farm to School program? This question is faced by any school that has experienced the struggle of maintaining a program through numerous leadership changes resulting from staff, student, and parent turnover. Columbus, Ga. has discovered the answer lies in strong community partnerships and coordination from all […]

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Beginning in June, Georgia Food Oasis has hosted monthly virtual meet-ups for network communities to connect with their peers, share news and information, and hear first-hand the hardships and successes that come with building and sustaining local food coalitions. First, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future presented an overview of what a food […]

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Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park hosted their annual Taste of Little Ones event on July 12 to share farm to early care and education with their community through food samples, local produce, and fun! The Jazmin Garden The Jazmin Green Community Garden was planted in 2013! This garden is in memory of Jazmin […]

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We’re proud to be celebrating Healthy Savannah’s Executive Director of Health, Paula Kreissler! Launched during the summer of 2007 by then-mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah is dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live, specifically by increasing opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet. It strives to […]

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One of the central goals of the Georgia Food Oasis Network is to share the stories of communities that are engaged in the vital work of providing healthy food access. These stories help to illuminate the people and places in each community that contribute to this work, and also help make these assets known to […]

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Our Farm to School team hosted two one hour trainings at Model High School in Floyd County, Ga. on July 26. Approximately 60 K-12 educators attended the workshops to learn about Georgia’s Farm to School program Georgia Organics’ October Farm to School Month How to incorporate school gardening and farm to school into school curriculums […]

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I’ve been slipping away from my desk over the last few weeks to harvest blueberries. The Georgia Organics office sits in the cradle between I-75 and I-85, the geographic heart of Atlanta, where breweries and repurposed business lofts co-exist with concrete plants and a MARTA train yard. When the area originally was developed, the planning […]

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