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The Georgia Organics’ Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs beginning farmers, ranchers (10 years or less experience), or producers transitioning to organic production systems with experienced farmer mentors. The Farmer Mentors offer support with planning – whole farm, business, marketing, crop, equipment, etc. – as well as technical assistance on production issues or organic certification.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the website announcement for more information. This program has been made possible through cooperative agreements with the USDA's Risk Management Agency.
to attend an informational meeting about the Food Hub facilities in Clayton, GA!
April 9, 2015 - Food Hub of NE GA meeting in Clayton, GA
Who: Fruit and vegetable producers
What: Informational meeting about the Food Hub facilities in Clayton, GA.
Where: April 9th in Clayton, GA
Why: To give opportunity to small fruit and vegetable producers to compete in the commercial market in areas of processing, canning, storage, marketing and business strategies.
The Food Hub of Northeast Georgia will be a 34,000 sq. ft. produce aggregation and production facility opening this fall. It will include a 5,000 sq. ft. certified commercial kitchen, root and leaf processing lines (fresh and frozen prep), Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) line, and will have the ability to store at three temperature levels: frozen (2,150 sq. ft.), cool (2,500 sq. ft.) and dry (9,000 sq. ft.). As a part of its mission, the food hub, through partnerships with UGA Cooperative Extension, Georgia Organics and others, will be implementing educational and resource programming for farmers, entrepreneurs, markets, and the community at large. Details flyers can be found by clicking by the date you wish to attend up above.
April 15, 2015 & April 23, 2015- Farmers Market and Local Food Grant Writing Workshop
The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed workshop materials and resources on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).
The training programs are to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods.
April 15th at: FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY
Gwinnett Technical College
Building 100; Room 906
5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
April 23rd at:
Agriculture Technology Conference Center
46 Camp John Hope Road
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Detailed flyer can be found by clicking here.
The workshops are free and include materials and lunch. Please pre-register at http://goo.gl/forms/7ssRKvZXHK. Each session is limited to 50 participants. Visit the AMSTA website for more details and workshops being held nation-wide. If you have questions please contact Jessica Cudnik.