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Working with State and Local Agencies to Build Community Food Systems

Working with State and Local Agencies to Build Community Food Systems

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Working with State and Local Agencies to Build Community FoodSystems
An educational session at the 2007 Southern SAWG Annual ConferenceJanuary 28, 2007
Presenters
 Bill HodgeHodge Ranch & Carroll County ExtensionCarrollton, GA770-836-8546 bhodge@uga.edu Kaycie Len Carter, Organizer Community Farm AllianceFrankfort, KY502-223-3655cfarma@bellsouth.net www.communityfarmalliance.org 
Summary and Highlights
The purpose of this session was to showcase some programs implemented at the state andlocal level that support community foods work. The two types of projects described werein Georgia and Kentucky.
Bill Hodge
, the owner of Hodge Ranch, is also an extension agent in Carroll County,GA
.
Carroll County is about an hour west of Atlanta with around 1195 operating farms.In this county, farmland is a positive generator. Two of the initiatives currently in placeare the Farmland Preservation Initiative and the Farmland to Rural PreservationPartnership. The purpose of the Farmland to Rural Preservation Partnership is to protectlocal farmland. Partners of the program include local citizens, farmers, extensionservices, and the Farm Bureau, among others.The Cotton Mill Farmer’s Market, in its 5
th
season, is a successful project that came outof the Farmland Preservation Initiative. This market has received funding from by theSouthern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program andruns from April-October. The city supplies the space for the Farmer’s Market and theweekly event has live music and chef demonstrations. Another program discussed byHodge was the Farmers Fresh Food Network, founded in 2004. In 2006, there wereapproximately 22 members, 2 contract employees, and 5 paid positions. The network received support from Southern SAWG and the University of Georgia.The Sustainable Growers School, taught through continuing education at the Universityof West Georgia, is the newest initiative that Hodge spoke about. The purpose of thisschool is to help people who want to reconnect with the land and gain growingknowledge. There are eight sessions, taught by farmers. For more information about thecourse and any other initiatives, contact Mr. Hodge.

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