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Portal farmers promote organic farming
Field day held for students and guests
Farm Day original
People listen to a presentation on organic farming by Dr. Caroll Johnson, a U.S. Department of Agriculture agronomist based in Tifton. It was part of an Organic Farm Day program held Friday at C&S Organics, an organic farm outside Portal owned and operated by Al and Debbie Clark. - photo by JASON WERMERS/staff
Clark & Sons Organics, a farm near Portal, hosted a field day Friday with guests from the Coastal Organics Growers Association and local students.Al and Debbie Clark, along with sons Rene and John, welcomed four busloads of students and a host of other guests Friday morning for a tour of the farm and a snack of grilled eggplant and sausage.Clark and several others, including Donn Cooper, the farm services coordinator with Georgia Organics, spoke about issues in the organic farming world.“There is a really strong focus on conservation of resources in organic farming,” Cooper said. “Water, gasoline, using natural products.”Clark & Sons is a certified organic farm, one of a handful in the area. Farms like this “use less land” than traditional farming and target specific markets, he said.
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