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Julia Asherman is a farmer at Rag & Frass Farm and will be speaking during the FSA financing and FarmHacks Saturday Session.   What role do you play in the local, organic food movement? I’m a grower first, so at the most basic and fundamental level I am one of the people producing organic food and flowers […]

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What role do you play in the local, organic food movement? I chair the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation and also the Slow Food Ark of Taste for the South.  My efforts in the past decade have concentrated on the recovery of the most important and flavorful food crops developed in our region.  This entails knowing […]

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Georgia Organics stormed Capitol Hill on Nov. 28 – 29 to stress the vital importance of organic agriculture within the Farm Bill with Georgia’s Congressional representatives. Organic agriculture can revitalize Georgia’s declining rural economies; Georgia should be producing its own organic food and not importing it from California or anyplace else; and growing Georgia’s organic […]

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This year Georgia students made some startling discoveries: A student in Fannin County realized a peanut was not actually a nut. Gwinnett County pre-kindergarteners learned about a mystery vegetable. Cherokee County fourth graders were surprised to find that black bean quesadillas were delicious. In October, over 240,000 Georgia students planted, grew, and tried legumes as […]

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By Chris Edwards, Mayflor Farms This blog post was made possible through a grant provided to Global Growers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   While the water rules surrounding the FSMA Produce Safety Rule continue to swirl and change as the FDA attempts to make them less murky, […]

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Chelsea Losh-Jones, Babe + Sage Farm   This blog post was made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   In a previous blog post, I wrote about the basics of how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will affect small farms.  In this edition, […]

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The Farm Bill is a big deal. It provides funding and programmatic direction for dozens and dozens of USDA and nutrition programs, all of which combine to form one of the largest, central components of the United States’ food system. The Farm Bill is the vehicle for funding and implementing all SNAP (formerly food stamps), […]

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This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the 2017 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference at the Georgia State University Student Center. Black Urban Growers or BUG is an amazing organization dedicated to supporting and connecting urban growers throughout the nation through advocacy and food education. This year was my first attending […]

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Even without a major health insurance plan, primary and preventative care is often a priority to farmers and farming families. Federally Qualified Health Centers are health care clinics that will both accept insurance, and work with uninsured on a sliding scale to offer services. In Georgia, all Federally Qualified Health Centers are housed under the […]

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When Bobby Jones of Babe and Sage Farm in Gordon put a screw through his hand while building a hoop house, he was uninsured. “Thankfully, the screw missed any bones or tendons, which could have meant surgery and months of physical therapy,” Jones says. “They gave me an IV of antibiotics and pain medication for […]

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