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Organic farming is another agricultural system that originated early in the 20th century in response to quickly changing farming techniques. Organic farming has been developed by several organic farming associations now. It depends on fertilizers of natural source like compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and puts emphasis on techniques like crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest management, mixed cropping as well as the boosting of insect predators are all encouraged. Generally, organic standards are made to permit the utilization of naturally occurring compounds while banning or limiting synthetic materials. For example, naturally occurring pesticides like pyrethrin and rotenone are allowed, while artificial pesticides and fertilizers are usually prohibited. Synthetic substances which are permitted include, as an instance, aluminum sulfate, elemental sulfur and Ivermectin. Reasons for advocation of organic farming include benefits in sustainability, openness, self-sufficiency, autonomy/independence, wellness, food safety, and food security.

Reduced Exposure to Pesticides, Chemicals.
The Organic Trade Association notes if each farmer from the U.S. converted to organic production, we can remove 500 million pounds of harmful and persistent pesticides from going into the environment yearly. Pesticide and chemical usage contributes to several negative environmental dilemmas: 1.Pesticides permit disease immunity to accumulate in crops, weeds, plant-eating-insects, parasites, and bacteria. 2.Compounds and chemicals sprayed plants contaminate the soil, water source, and atmosphere. Occasionally these dangerous pesticides stay about for decades (possibly longer). 3.Artificial compounds also dissuade smart farming techniques like cover crops and crop rotation, which in turn, can cause other dangerous environmental issues like erosion.
Organic Farming Builds Healthy Soil.
To develop wholesome food, you have to begin with healthy soil. Should you treat the dirt with dangerous pesticides and chemicals, you might wind up with dirt which can't flourish by itself. Natural farming practices are much superior than compound soil administration. A sizable nine-year research by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), reveals that natural farming builds up organic soil issue better than traditional no-till farming. Based on Dr. Elaine Ingham, only 1 teaspoon of compost-rich organic dirt could host as many as 600 million to 1 billion beneficial germs from 15,000 species. Ingham notes on the reverse side, 1 teaspoon of soil treated with compounds may carry as much as 100 beneficial bacteria.
Combatting Erosion
Does organic farming build wholesome soil, but it also helps fight severe land and soil problems, like erosion. A significant research comparing adjacent natural and chemically treated wheat fields revealed that the organic area featured eight inches of topsoil compared to treated area and had only twenty the erosion reduction. In case you are not worried about erosion: you ought to be. Erosion problems are really severe, affecting the property, food distribution, and people. But, organic farming techniques do help discourage erosion from happening.
Assessing the Effects of Global Warming
Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial is America's longest running, side-by-side contrast of traditional and organic farming. The trial, running since 1981, has demonstrated a wholesome organic agriculture system may actually reduce carbon dioxide and also help slow climate change. Actually, the Rodale study shows that: "If just 10,000 moderate sized farms in the U.S. converted into organic production, they'd save as much carbon from the soil it would be equal to carrying 1,174,400 automobiles off the street, or reducing automobile miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Organic Farming Supports Water Conservation and Water Health
Dwindling water supplies and inadequate water wellbeing are extremely real threats. When our water source is in danger, individuals and the world wind up suffering. American Rivers notes a significant water pollution threat to U.S ponds is runoff from non-organic farms, for example damaging pesticides, toxic fertilizers, and animal waste. Organic farming helps to keep our water supplies fresh by quitting that contaminated runoff. Organic farming also will help conserve water. Organic farmers, generally speaking, often devote some time amending soil properly and using mulch - both of which help preserve water. Cotton, an in-demand harvest, requires a great deal of irrigation and surplus water once grown conventionally. But, organic cotton farming requires less irrigation and so conserves water.
Discouraging Algal Blooms
Algal blooms (HABs) lead to adverse consequences on the health of individuals and marine creatures and organisms. Algal blooms also negatively impact tourism, diversion and so, regional and local markets. While there's more than 1 reason for algal blooms, a main human-based source of algae blooms is runoff in the petroleum-based fertilizers frequently utilized in traditional farming.
Supporting Animal Health and Welfare
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​
Organic Farming Encourages Biodiversity
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​

Tell us a little bit about your background?  Prior to joining Georgia Organics, I worked at a locally owned coffee shop and art gallery. I had the opportunity to serve as their Creative Director, a position where I curated local vendors and artists for our monthly art shows. While I loved living the coffee life […]

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Shanice Chesney is a former Farm to School Intern and is now our lovely Administrative Assistant here at Georgia Organics.  Keep reading to learn more about her. Tell us a little bit about your background? In short, service and volunteerism. I’ve worked heavily in national service from Peace Corps to AmeriCorps. I’ve also trained volunteers […]

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By Lacey Flynn, FoodCorps Georgia AmeriCorps Team Leader FoodCorps Georgia service members attended the Golden Radish Awards last month and were eager to demonstrate how they connect kids with healthy food. FoodCorps lessons play a huge role in engaging students with gardening, cooking, and thinking critically about the way food relates to their communities. The […]

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Click on the following links and try out these stretches to relieve pain, relax, and help prevent future injury by increasing flexibility. Remember, stretching should never cause pain! Stretch slowly until you can feel the stretch, but do not stretch to the point of pain. For beginners  For those familiar with yoga and who are […]

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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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You can view a .pdf of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s hemp rules and regulations by clicking this link: Hemp Rules (CLEAN) (July 2019) The Department will be accepting written comments from July 10, 2019, to the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on August 12, 2019. Comments will be considered on August 13, 2019. […]

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The UP Factory in Columbus, GA was the venue for a first of its kind farm-to-table dinner last month, a celebration of local food and the local farmers who grow and provide it for the Columbus community. The event was organized by CFO steering committe member Abieka Alexander, a grower and educator whose Project 3 […]

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Columbus 2018 Winning Idea: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program – Winter Market After winning the Potluck & Pitch award in September 2018 for her idea to host a farmers market for senior citizens as part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Franetta Myles wasted no time putting the event together. The extended winter market […]

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The Rodale Institute will open its first Southern outpost at Many Fold Farm in Chattahoochee Hills this fall. Rodale, based in Kutztown Pennsylvania, has pioneered organic and sustainable agriculture research since it first opened its doors in 1947. Rebecca Williams, who operates Many Fold with her husband Ross, is thrilled to welcome Rodale to their […]

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The Addersons’ farm sits off a narrow road in the tiny community of Keysville, Georgia. A long driveway, straight as an arrow, runs alongside the fields. Some are tilled and planted, some are covered in tall grasses and riotous yellow wildflowers. A small white house sits at the end of the driveway. Loretta sits under a […]

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Technical assistance is available to the GFO Network when applying for grant funding. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance, contact the GFO team directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Current Funding Opportunities Food System Leadership Network’s Gamechanger’s Laboratory Due date: July 29, 2019 More info Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research Grant: […]

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Georgia Organics held its biannual Farm-to-School and Early Care Education Summit last month at Helms College in Macon, GA. Every other year, the Summit connects early care providers, schools, and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals and snacks, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year, Augusta Food […]

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Fredando Jackson, sits on a picnic bench on the patio of Pretoria Fields Collective Brewery in Albany, Georgia. It’s one of the first spring days of the year, and the sun warms the exposed brick wall that encircles Pretoria’s patio, highlighting the imprints of long-gone doors and windows on the old brick. He slowly sips their […]

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For the first time in Summit history, the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) joined Georgia Organics to host the Seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit at Helms College in Macon, Ga. On June 7-8. The Summit was presented by the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition […]

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What’s new with Golden Radish?   By Myeisha Coggins, Kimberly Della Donna and Kimberly Koogler   The Farm to School team is bouncing happily into Golden Radish season this spring. We are excited to welcome two new additions to the program. First, we are delighted to introduce you to our new intern, Myeisha Coggins.   ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Hello I’m Myeisha!  Last year, I […]

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“Learn about resources and share them with community members” “Wanting to advance business scale and get products out to the masses” “Want to get info to farmers interested in selling to schools” These are just a few of the reasons approximately 20 farmers, University of Georgia extension agents, and Farm Bureau representatives joined Georgia Organics […]

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The USDA recently released several RFPs related to food access strategies. Technical assistance is available to members of the GFO Network should they decide to submit a proposal for any of the below funding opportunities. Community Food Projects: due June 3 Intended as a one-time infusion of funds to solidify a community food project that […]

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After a three-year pilot, Georgia Food Oasis is excited to move into its next phase with the launch of the GFO Network! The Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities across the state who are engaged in the vital work of growing local food access in their neighborhoods. Along with our […]

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by Angel Mills For cities around the country, May 19 is a day to commemorate civil rights leader Malcolm X. Though Atlanta has not officially adopted the holiday, many local residents still recognize the day and Malcolm X’s legacy with thoughtful and educational programming for local community members. Vegan chef and Kings Apron founder Chef […]

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Augusta – Among the projects that received GFO support in Augusta were an urban ag bootcamp, a youth life-skills program, and a composting project that takes invasive weeds growing in the Augusta canal and turns them into nutrient-rich soil that can be used by growers and farms in the community. This year, mini-grants awarded to […]

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Kenna Ho began working for HealthMPowers in 2016. Her mission is to spark children’s interest in food, health, and cooking at an early age to help them develop a preference for healthy, fresh foods. She has over ten years of experience providing nutrition and culinary education/training for families, Early Care and Education staff, and children.   Brief 1-3 […]

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by Angel Mills Our very own Director of Programs Amber Suitt spoke on the premier panel at the Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium on April 22. Education and farmer support were hot topics during the panel. The number one request we’ve received over the years is school gardens. “We have gardens at schools […]

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As a high school teacher and farmer, Brooke Lewis-Slamkova has a passion for teaching kids where and how their food is grown.  Her current position as the Family Consumer Science teacher in Barrow County allows her to teach students about how their food choices impact themselves and their community.  Hands-on learning and taste-tests provide the perfect […]

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LaMonika Jones is the Procurement and Purchasing Compliance Officer at Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning. Originally from Detroit, LaMonika has lived in Georgia for the past 10 years. Since graduating from college, she has spent time in various sectors working for small businesses as well as grassroots non-profits. LaMonika is passionate about what she […]

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By Renee De Shay Tasha joined Captain Planet Foundation as manager of Project Learning Garden in 2018, after nearly a decade of growing in the field as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. In each of her teaching positions Tasha used her campus gardens and green spaces to weave health and environmental awareness and engagement into her […]

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By Porter Mitchell When West End farmer Lovey Gilliam’s mother was undergoing chemotherapy for her cancer, Lovey was shocked to see how her diet declined. She lacked the energy and the time to cook, so she relied heavily on fast foods and convenience foods–to the detriment of her health. Alarmed at her mother’s worsening condition, and unable to leave her Atlanta farm to tend […]

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By Porter Mitchell Snapfinger Farm sits on a sleepy, winding suburban road, across from an old church and its small cemetery. A steady stream of airplanes fly over the 14-acre farm in Henry county. Rahul Anand has farmed here for two-and-a-half years, slowly reshaping the fallow pasture land into tilled rows of soil, building a hoop-house on […]

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By Renee De Shay   As the lunch bell rang, a long line of students at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy formed outside the door of the cafeteria, ready to burst into the room toward the waiting tables. Today’s lunch included a special event: Green Day, put on by Marietta City Schools (MCS) Nutrition Program, Atlanta […]

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On April 13th, a group of educators, students, teachers, and community members celebrated the tenth birthday of the Burgess Peterson Academy orchard with a farm to school training for teachers followed by a birthday party for the orchard.  Georgia Organics Farm to School educator Jenna Mobley instructs the teachers on how to teach children in […]

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by Angel Mills By Angel Mills Burgess Peterson Academy’s (BPA) celebrated the tenth anniversary of its fruit tree orchard and garden on April 12 at its pre-K-5 campus in East Atlanta. Students, teachers, parents, and community members participated in the celebration, which included a full day of events – starting with a half-day teacher training […]

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Drew Belline (Decatur) – Drew Belline is currently the Executive Chef / Owner of No. 246 in Decatur, Georgia; a restaurant that focuses on seasonally and locally sourced American-Italian cuisine.  Chef Belline is also the Vice President of Creative Direction and concept development for the Ford Fry restaurant group in Atlanta and has worked in the […]

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