A Note from GFMA’s Executive Director, Sagdrina Jalal

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As we enter 2019, I find myself reflecting on the experiences and lessons learned last year. During the summer months of 2018, GFMA launched a pilot CSA/farmers market hybrid in Taliaferro County that offered fresh, local produce to the community based on a sliding fee scale. We were able to provide shares of fresh produce biweekly to the families in the region who in some cases would have otherwise had to travel roughly 30 miles round trip to the nearest grocery store for produce. We also served as a connector between local community organizations and producers.

This pilot program yielded promising results and led us to rebrand our efforts as the “Just Food” movement. You may recall, GFMA offered a sneak peek by hosting a community-led popup market in November. We are launching this important work full scale in Atlanta this summer!  Using the feedback given and data collected, and we have selected two communities to host our Just Food Markets.  Follow us as we build capacity as we will be announcing our partnerships soon! 

The good food movement in Georgia needs an advocacy champion and with new initiatives such as Just Food, GFMA is positioned to be a policy and justice leader. We believe food justice increases local, sustainably grown food to everyone while simultaneously valuing the importance of being informed and engaged in policy decisions that impact local food systems. We will continue our focus on topics that are important through our #foodjusticefriday posts as well as offer direct support to our farmers and market leaders through programming. By creating our Food Justice Advocate membership level, we are providing a structured approach to claiming your seat at the table.

So many of you have reached out to us to ask questions, offer support and sometimes challenge current views.  I want you to know we are listening and building alongside you. Thank you.