Part III: White Oak Pastures eco-friendly projects (they’re more than just a sustainable cattle ranch)

White Oak Pastures raising sustainable chickens in Georgia

White Oak Pastures, an organic, grass-fed beef farm in south Georgia serves up sustainability with a side of other projects. This is third part in a series and covers chickens, solar voltaic sheds, a little south Georgia history, and more.
Read this and the other two articles for the full story! →

Ormewood Park church embraces environmentalism with vegebtable garden and plant sales to support community members

vegetables grown by the gardeners at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Atlanta GA

I love the fact that community gardens are sprouting up everywhere – in neighborhoods, at schools and universities, and churches. One church in Ormewood Park (a southeast Atlanta neighborhood next door to Grant Park) has established their community garden and is doing one better.
Read more about how this vegetable garden and plant sales are supporting community members. →

White Oak Pastures in Georgia expands to include free-range poultry with an on-site abattoir

White Oak Pastures in south Georgia is building an on-site abattoir for organic poultry

We’ve talked about White Oak Pastures on Our Green Atlanta before and about how much we love their beef, but if you’re more of a white meat kind-of person, then read on for White Oak’s expanded poultry operations on-site!
White Oak Pastures in Georgia is set to produce local chicken and poultry in addition to beef in the animal welfare 5-step model →

Part II: The land, sustainability, and Serengeti model of Georgia grass-fed beef farm, White Oak Pastures

Since White Oak Pastures became our main source for local, Georgia grass-fed beef, we decided to visit the farm in person where owner / rancher Will Harris took us on a tour where we witnessed a cattle’s life cycle from birth to afterlife. This blog post is part two of a three part series (you can read part I here that covers the abattoir and each step that a cow goes through on its journey from Will’s farm to your grill / table). This second article talks about the sustainability of White Oak Pastures farming methods. →

Local Atlanta CSAs – explore your options! Hazon CSA, Emory University’s CSA, and more…

Explore your local food options with Atlanta CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and support local Georgia farmers!

Want to see a Georgia grass-fed beef farm in action? Visit Will Harris and White Oak Pastures!

We took a tour of White Oak Pastures, a sustainable, grass-fed beef farm in south Georgia with Will Harris, the third generation owner and president. This 3-part series includes the processing plant, the land and sustainability, and Will’s other projects.

Want to raise back yard chickens in Atlanta or Decatur? Time for Chicks for Charity and Chicks in the City

Thinking about raising chickens in Atlanta or Decatur? Tired of hearing about egg and food recalls on the news? Check out THESE classes and chickens!

Heard of Heifer International? Find out how this organization promotes sustainable living across the globe – and how you can get involved in Atlanta

Learn about Heifer International and how to get involved right here in Atlanta helping families around the world become self-sustaining.

Tasty Georgia blueberry picking at Washington Farms (about an hour outside of Atlanta)

Looking for blueberry picking near Atlanta GA? Washington Farms has pick-your-own blueberries and two farms to choose from, both about an hour outside of Atlanta.

Farm Burger in Decatur serves up local Georgia beef patties (and a veggie option!)

Farm Burger in Decatur, GA serves up beef patties from local Georgia farms with a variety of toppings and a southern feel. It’s great to know where your meat comes from!

Join Moore Farm and Friends CSA as they celebrate their Summer Farm Tour and Big Pig Roast!

On Sunday, June 27th, Moore Farm and Friends members are invited to tour three farms as part of the Summer Farm Tour and Big Pig Roast. And check out the new behind-the-scenes video of this Alabama farm!

White Provision Welcomes Shaun Doty’s YEAH! BURGER, an eco-friendly restaurant featuring local meats

Atlanta welcomed to the scene our newest sustainable restaurant in White Provision on the west side last night! “YEAH! Burger” will focus on locally-sourced meat (from White Oak Pastures – a favorite of Zack’s and mine), eco-friendly materials and practices, and organic foods with the ultimate goal of creating a zero waste zone.

Kirkwood Community Garden gains ground in its fledgling year!

Welcome to the Kirkwood Community Garden and Urban Forest, a seven-acre section of land that’s leaving behind its former life as an unofficial dumping ground. With raised garden beds and rambling paths into the forest, there’s something for pets and people alike.

Welcome to the season for Georgia strawberry picking!

Many of us seem to share a love of strawberry picking, so here is a 2010 update of a few strawberry picking farms in Georgia!

The 2010 East Lake Farmers’ Market is now open in Atlanta – come support your local Georgia farmers!

The East Lake Farmers’ Market in Atlanta is now open for its May through October season. Come out and support your Georgia farmers by buying local Atlanta food!

Additional Saturday times in May for the Decatur Organic Farmers’ Market!

On May 15th, 2010, the Decatur Organic Farmers’ Market is adding Saturdays into the crop rotation! You’ll be able to find the City of Decatur’s only farmers’ market at a second location at the corner of Trinity and McDonough every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Knowing where our food comes from: Georgia ranks ninth in the U.S. in food-borne illnesses

Georgia ranks ninth in the U.S. in terms of costs due to food-borne illnesses, which makes an irrefutable case for getting back to basics and knowing where exactly our food comes from.

The Chamblee Farmers’ Market is looking for leaders for their new locally grown market coming this spring!

The Chamblee Farmers’ Market is looking for leaders to spearhead this new effort to bring local food to Atlanta tables from our Georgia farmers! Organizational meeting on March 10th, 2010 at the Chamblee Library.

Find local food near you in Atlanta restaurants, Georgia farms, and CSAs with Georgia Organics google map

Georgia Organics has assembled an extensive google map as a local, organic directory. This wonderful resource identifies with colored balloons our Georgia growers, farmers, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); farmers’ markets (and not just in Atlanta, but also other major cities in Georgia); restaurants that sustain farm-to-table practices; and grocery stores and specialty shops that support local Georgia farmers.

Calling all Georgia [farm to table] schools! The USDA wants to visit with their Farm to School Tactical Team in support of local food systems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making a national push for farm to table programs in schools and is accepting applications from schools across the country who already have sustainable food programs underway in their local communities. The goal is to study the start-up, struggles, and success stories of current programs in order to develop a model for others to follow. The long-term goal is to then help school districts implement their own farm to school programs with assistance reaching out to local farms, communicating with stakeholders, and identifying and overcoming obstacles.