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Georgia Ag Week Recap: March 23-27, 2020

From farm to plate, Georgia's agricultural industry continues working. To honor the state's largest industry, Georgia Grown designated March 23-27, 2020, to celebrate Georgia Ag Week! Each day featured a new theme to highlight the people, communities, and products that make Georgia's agricultural industry thrive.

Georgia has quite a variety of commodities, from row crops to livestock and seafood to honey. We do it all here in Georgia. In case you missed Georgia Ag Week last week, or if you just want to continue the celebration, check out these awesome resources to keep the party going.

Hands-On Garden Day

Though school may be based out of your home at the moment, you can start your own garden in your backyard. Published by the University of Georgia in cooperation with Fort Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and counties in Georgia, this school garden calendar has months divided into gardening activities, administrative actions, and classroom connections. From garlic to flower bulbs, they know just how to put your green thumb to use.

Buy Georgia Grown Day

Day two of Georgia Ag Week celebrated Buy Georgia Grown Day! Spring has officially sprung, and we are so excited for some of our favorite treats: strawberries, blueberries, and Vidalia onions. Though circumstances are keeping some of us indoors and to our homes, many farms and small businesses are making it easier to shop local than ever before.

The Georgia Grown website features a "Georgia Grown locator" so you can track down all of your favorite produce, jams, jellies, baked goods, and so much more. Check out the Georgia Grown locator to shop online or find a retailer near you.

Ag Hero Day

It is no secret that we all have our favorite farmers. But, we need all of them to keep food on our tables and provide us with the essential items we need every day. During this Georgia Ag Week, we celebrate Ag Hero Day.

The Secretary of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a memo giving guidance regarding the critical infrastructure industry during the COVID-19 response. Food and agriculture were listed as essential to continuing critical infrastructure viability.

"Food and agriculture are a vital part of ensuring our economy continues to operate at the highest level," Commissioner Black said. "We commend the many workers within this industry for keeping us all fed and healthy during this unprecedented time. Our agency will continue to do our part to keep food safe, animals protected and businesses open."

We thank you for your continuous work.

Ag Literacy Day

Did you know 2/3 of the state is covered in working forests? Georgia’s 22 million acres of working forests are full of learning opportunities. On Ag Literacy Day, we encourage you to learn something new about the industry and those working in it. Among so many great resources, Georgia Forestry Foundation has partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting to bring a Virtual Learning Journey to a computer near you.

From interactive maps and graphics to virtual reality videos, this tool provides a fun, engaging way for students to learn about Georgia’s working forests!

Make My Plate Georgia Grown Day

They say the quickest way to someone's heart is through their stomach. But if you want to get to their heart even faster, make their plate Georgia Grown! Recipes have been passed down for generations, but sometimes, we like to add our own twist. Chef Julio Delgado created a spin on a classic shrimp and grits dish to incorporate fresh, Georgia Grown shrimp. You can check out this recipe and others on their website.


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