The Localvore Movement
June 22, 2009 by Staff
In small towns and big cities, the localvore movement is gaining momentum.
Here in Athens, it’s been growing for years as small farms pop up to produce locally grown produce for area residents as well as several restaurants that server only locally grown foods.
Over the course of three weeks, a dozen journalism students explored the organic and locally grown produce world around Athens and filed the following reports:
- Sarah Pelham and Jon-Michael Sullivan look at the overall scene, as well as investigating the ramifications of becoming a certified organic grower.
- Eunice Kim and Megan Korngold have done a series of interviews asking area residents what they know about organic food. They also look at P.L.A.C.E. (Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experiences), a local organization that helps connect consumers with the producers of their food.
- Kelly Hardin and Priscilla Kathe look at Washington Farms, a local “you pick” farm that specializes in strawberries and blueberries. In a second story, Hardin and Kathe look at 1000 Faces Coffee – a local company that brings organically grown coffee to the Athens area.
- Emily Gomez and Stacey Graves explore the ties between Full Moon Farm and Farm 255 – the former is one of the larger local farms that ships almost all of its crops to the latter, making Farm 255 the most prominent “localvore” restaurant in Athens.
- Anne Connaughton and Andre Gallant talk with local residents who have built a garden in an abandoned industrial site called the Hangar. They also look at the two women who are running Tiny Farm, one of the smallest farms in the area.
- Renee Aylworth and Lauren Bellamy look at two different places to order and purchase locally grown foods. The first is Athens Locally Grown, a weekly pre-order farmers market. The second is the Daily Groceries food co-op, a small grocery store along Prince Avenue.