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Rodgers Greens and Roots Ashley Rodgers

Female farmers are rare in Georgia. Ashley Rodgers wants to change that.

On her Douglasville farm, Rodgers Greens and Roots, Ashley Rodgers is completely in her element, wearing khaki shorts, a baggy t-shirt, rubber boots, and covered in manure.
Maryn McKenna

6 questions with Big Chicken author Maryn McKenna

"The big question for chicken—and for any meat that goes antibiotic-free—is a question that faces all of food production: Is better, safer food going to be something that only well-off people can afford? That hangs over all of these transformations of food systems," Maryn McKenna says.
Big Chicken

Consumers want antibiotic-free chicken. Can companies and farmers afford it?

Antibiotics don’t just fight infections; they also fatten chickens. In an excerpt from her new book, Big Chicken, Atlanta journalist Maryn McKenna explores how consumer demand is forcing huge companies, such as Perdue and Chick-fil-A, to go antibiotic-free.
Hoop houses

Local arugula in the winter? Thank a hoop house.

Ever wonder how locally grown spring produce like arugula and turnips ends up in winter markets? We owe that bounty to the hoop house.

Hydroponic farming bypasses Mother Nature’s fickle nature

Cold winter, hot summer; too much rain, too little. It hardly matters to Jeff Adams, owner of Circle A Lettuce. Each week year-round, he harvests about 3,000 heads of lettuce from his hydroponic greenhouse in Cumming.

Fruit of Labor

The Mexicans—thirty-two of them—wait for the pickup truck. They are dressed, almost to a man, in dirty jeans, boots, long sleeves, and baseball caps. Some wear bandannas to shield their necks and ears from legions of gnats. The rising late-summer sun is starting to cut through the morning mist that clings to the orchards and fallow pastures of Peach County like a thin coat of fuzz.

Honduras-born teen helps develop Georgia’s coffee industry

Like any farmer, Kevin Candelario Arita keeps an anxious eye on the weather. “In Georgia, it’s just so weird and unpredictable,” he says, fingering the waxy leaf of a coffee plant.

Grounded

The south holds memories of my people. Beneath blistering suns and torrential rains, we toiled that someone else might prosper.

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