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Atlanta, Georgia, June 12, 2017 – Georgia Organics, Forsyth County Board of Education, and Carrollton City Schools Nutrition Program are pleased to announce that they are three of 65 projects spanning 42 states and Puerto Rico receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program, an effort to […]

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FoodCorps Friday-Taking School Lunch Out of the Cafeteria and into the Community By Athens Land Trust service member, Kana Miller   What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “School Lunch”? In my service experience so far, school lunch is a topic that comes up often. Whenever I hear someone talking about school […]

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In what was a huge month for local and organic agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made major announcements in December, 2016, regarding federal reimbursement for Organic certification and relaxing marketing restrictions for farmers markets. Just as importantly, the USDA released a monumental report that revealed impressive economic benefits of local agriculture. Starting on […]

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Immense demand for organic produce is a huge opportunity for Georgia’s farmers, but despite exponential growth in the organic market, small and mid-scale specialty crop producers in Georgia face significant barriers to access this lucrative market. The South—and Georgia in particular—is uniquely positioned to benefit from the growing demand for organic food. To kickstart that […]

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By Nancy Adamson Pollinator Conservation Specialist Xerxes Society & NRCS Native bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and many other insects keep Georgia’s forests, fields, and watersheds alive and healthy. Native bees are vital for pollination of most Georgia fruit and vegetable crops, including two of the state’s most valuable fruit, blueberries and watermelons, but also for […]

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While some tend to think of government labeling as a method of achieving consumer protection, and in some ways it certainly is. However, when we don’t understand the truth behind the labeling, the labels can be just as misleading as they are informative. For example, most people understand that the term “organic” is important today. […]

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