Post by Candace Dantes | Photography by Kevin Dantes Think of him like an organic crops curator. He travels above and through Georgia’s Black Belt Region, relationship-building and collecting the best produce to sell for farmers at Atlanta pop-up markets. “I want to make sure small, organic farmers are able to grow their markets,” said […]
Georgia College & State University has named Dr. Veronica L. Womack as the first executive director of its brand-new Rural Studies Institute (RSI). “The creation of RSI is timely as rural communities are challenged to successfully participate in the global economy,” said Womack. “Georgia College is launching this institute as a university-wide effort that will […]
By Cowgirl Candace | Photos by J. Coles It’s hard to picture the 25- to 30-year-old pecan grove’s potential at first glance. Thick, heavily twisted vines; random roadside debris; and scattered leaves from years gone by fog the vision on Willow Lake Drive in Fort Valley, Georgia. Then, farmer LeMario Brown, 34, starts raking through […]
By Cowgirl Candace | Originally published on BFN She cares for her mints over here. Spices over there. Fruit trees — guava, peach, pear, banana, apple and persimmons — back over yonder. “It’s a pretty self-sufficient garden,” said Ruth West, 56, of LaGrange, Georgia. “I probably spend 1 to 2 hours every few days to […]
By Cowgirl Candace | Originally published for the AJC Living and creatively working on the land is becoming new business law for young, Southern entrepreneurs. “It’s a coming home,” said Veronica Womack, a Black Belt Region researcher, black farmers advocate and chief diversity officer at Georgia College & State University. “Because of new technology and the way […]
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