Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Five Years of The Farmer Fund, and Gardening with The Garden Queen!
Welcome to the Atlanta Foodcast, returning with your new hosts with Georgia Organics!
We sat down recently with the Forsyth Farmers’ Market (forsythfarmersmarket.com/) team in Savannah to talk about their work in the community both through the market itself and the several other programs they offer to champion food equity in Savannah and beyond. We spoke with Executive Director Jeb Bush, Director of Community Programs Mark Bowen, and Outreach & Education Coordinator Tasha Wei about food as an agent of social change and tool for community health and healing. To donate to their COVID-19 relief fund, visitforsythfarmersmarket.com/give and leave the note “COVID Relief” in the Comments section. You can also follow Forsyth Farmers’ Market at www.facebook.com/ForsythFarmersMarketand www.instagram.com/forsythfarmersmarket/.
Next up, we got a few helpful tips for beginners setting up their fall garden from Haylene Green, aka the Garden Queen! The Garden Queen is legendary in the farming and health community of Atlanta, and we’re thrilled to hear from her as she shares a bit about herself and her notes for fall. To learn more and shop from The Garden Queen, visitwww.thegardenqueen.com/ and follow on social media atfacebook.com/haylenethegardenqueen/ andinstagram.com/atlgardenqueen/.
Finally, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Farmer Fund (www.thefarmerfund.org/) by talking about the creative (even scandalous!) start of this fund helping farmers to weather crises such as Hurricane Michael, health emergencies, and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, Georgia Organics assumed operations of The Farmer Fund and aims to honor the intent and vision of the amazing crew who got The Farmer Fund off the ground. Since that time, more than $175,000 has been raised and more than $50,000 awarded to farms impacted by Hurricane Michael floods, healthcare emergencies, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Organics has provided $1,000 grants to 71 small Georgia farms and counting. To learn more and donate or apply, visit www.thefarmerfund.org/.