After finishing all of the wonderful Farm Tours, I had the opportunity to check out the Georgia Organics Conference itself. Early that morning I heard the Keynote Speaker Micheal Nischan CEO of Wholesome Wave (www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org )which is dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food for the well being of all. Wholesome Wave use private funds to double the value of food stamps when they are spent at participating farmers markets and farm stands across the country. Mr. Nishcan is a proponent of sustainable farming, local and regional food systems, and heritage recipes. He also owns a homegrown restaurant in Westport, Conn, called the Dressing Room. The Dressing Room is a community gathering place unlike the traditional restaurant. Mr. Nishcan has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple and delicious cooking. His speech was excellent and very enlightening about the importance of strengthening local food communities.
Later that afternoon I had a chance t0 sit down and listen to a in-depth workshop seminar. The one seminar that I found most interesting was the Traditional Healing & Vibrant Health with Herbs and Wisdom Health by Patricia Kyritsi Howell RH (AHG). She discussed about the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine which are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. She also talk about the Yin and Yang about the balance and need of both. The Yin are tonics type of herbs and the Yang activators herbs. She explained about the using certain herbs for the Yin and Yang properties.
After the workshop seminars the Georgia Organics Expo started to open up . There were over 70 plus vendor at the expo giving out incredible healthy information. Some of the vendors were Truly Living Well, The Turnip Truck and AgrAbility. Truly Living Well (www.trulylivingwell.com) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia that builds communities by providing healthy food, agricultural education and employment. They grow a variety of natural produce for people throughout Atlanta from urban food deserts to the city’s finest restaurants. The Turnip Truck (www.turniptruckatlanta.com ) delivers local food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other foods as well as specialty items to Atlanta’s finest restaurants, schools and institutions. AgrAbility (www.farmagain.com) in Georgia is a free service program that focuses on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities.
There was a demo stage in the Georgia Organics Expo area where Holistic Health and nutrition counselor Cher McWilliams demonstrated quick and healthy whole food ideas with local, seasonal, organic produce. Right after this presentation there was a cooking competition between two teams of master chefs. These teams of master chefs prepared a three-course meal of healthy, local food to the tune and time of “Lynyrd Skynard’s “Free Bird”. Whole foods market , Chipotle, Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins (www.franniesglutenfree.com) and Mushroom Mountain Pizza gave out free samples of pizza, chili, tacos and muffins which all very delicious and appetite.
So check out the Georgia Organics website: www.georgiaorganics.org see about coming to next year Farm RX Conference and check out all of the other events that they have through out the year. Hope to see you there next year! Check out the pictures of the Georgia Organics Farm RX Conference. Click Here