You probably won't have a problem getting the kids at Centennial Place Elementary to eat their vegetables. The school is part of the Atlanta Public Farm-to-School program. If you stroll into the schoolyard, don't be surprised to find students planting kale. But the project is much more than your average school garden.
Organizers of Georgia’s first-ever Farm to Preschool Summit Friday and Saturday hope to help educators bring local fruits and vegetables into the classroom – as subject matter and nourishment. The summit will gather 200 people from across Georgia to learn the best ways to incorporate more local produce into lesson plans and meals for preschoolers.
Savannah and Chatham County officials soon could loosen restrictions on backyard chickens and bees. Local and organic food advocates say, the proposal would clear up confusion about what's legal and put healthier and beter tasting eggs and honey in local diets.
The federal government is awarding $18 million in nationwide grants to get more young people into farming. In Georgia, two organizations will spend that money to boost—and create—new programs. The USDA says the average age of a farmer is 57 years old. And to keep the food pipeline sustainable, the nation needs more young people to get into the business.
Georgia's organic farmers have one eye on the ground and another on Atlanta as they meet for an annual conference this weekend. About 1,000 participants -- not all of them farmers -- are expected to attend the Georgia Organics Conference in Savannah. The group's goal is to "celebrate good food." But there's also a political agenda.
Food safety is a top priority of the three candidates for Agriculture Commissioner. Libertarian Kevin Cherry, Democrat J.B. Powell, and Republican Gary Black each want to inherit the post held by Tommy Irvin for 40 years. The candidates met at a forum this week held by Georgia Organics. And they all want to get more Georgia-grown food … to Georgians.