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Not long after the Clarkston’s community center opened, the staff recognized that older refugees face unique hurdles in adapting to a different culture. “They’re the last [in the family] to get any kind of services,” says director Cindy Bowden. “They’re the last to learn English. They’re the last to get involved in the community. It’s important to offer them an avenue to belonging.”
The local food movement in Georgia has definitely got the attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That much became clear last Friday, when the USDA announced the 2012 recipients of its Farmers Market Promotion Program grant money. Eight organizations in Georgia received funding for local food projects, capturing about 7 percent of the $9 million awarded. Only two states, California and New York, had more programs acknowledged.