Rabbit Holes no 9: Stories from the edges of regenerative agriculture

Did anyone else go outside on Tuesday morning to the welcome surprise of an early Spring? My goodness, we hit nearly 80 degrees in Georgia last week! Although Spring doesn’t technically begin until March 15, the fruit trees in my yard are budding out and letting loose! Let’s hope there isn’t another frost to kill off that progress. The average last frost date in Atlanta is April 15, so don’t rush to get summer plants in the ground just yet.

In the meantime, we are excited to begin planning and designing our work in DeKalb County. We should have updates about our first community forum in the next week or so. Stay tuned to future Rabbit Holes for updates on how you can get involved in this ambitious project, or better yet, sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay in the loop for everything Roots Down!

Here are this week’s links:

Black Georgians dominate Ag power in Congress

The “significant time” is this moment in American history, with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging minority communities especially, 17 million children living in hunger, rural communities struggling without broadband access, and Black farmers, in particular, hit by natural disasters, trade wars and COVID hurdles. Coming in to oversee Washington’s response to all of it are Scott, and Bishop and Warnock, who last month rose to become the three of the most powerful voices in American agriculture. Scott is now the first Black chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Bishop just began his second term as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. He’s also the first Black lawmaker to hold that job. And Warnock was elected Georgia’s first Black senator and quickly appointed to the Senate Agriculture Committee.