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Columbus Food Oasis

Georgia Food Oasis seeks to connect and empower Georgians to healthier ways to eat, cook, and grow local, fresh food through access, events, and education. We collaborate with local organizations, businesses, growers, and residents within communities to self-develop innovative and affordable ways to discover, taste, and learn about food. Georgia Food Oasis is a starting point for communities to facilitate a bigger discussion on increasing access to truly healthy food. 

Columbus Food Oasis officially launched in 2015 and services Chattahoochee County, Harris County, Marion County, Muscogee County, the Fort Benning area, LaGrange, and other towns up to a 100 mile radius, including Russell County and Auburn, Alabama. Columbus Food Oasis strives to provide education on how eating better food can attribute to a better and more healthy lifestyle. Through providing experiences that bring awareness to the local food movement, Food Oasis Columbus aims to make enjoying fresh food and produce a natural way of life. Get involved in Columbus Food Oasis. 

The Columbus Community Gardens map was created by Columbus State University in partnership with the Food Oasis program. For more information on the map or community gardens in our area, please contact us

Muscogee County Green News Blog
  • No Cure for New Rose Disease: Rose Rosette Posted by Christine Paul on Jul 19, 2017 RRD is caused by a virus (Emaravirus sp.) that is spread by a microscopic wingless eriophyid mite and limited to plants in the genus Rosa. Its main host is the multiflora rose but the vector mite can be blown into your bed of garden roses by puffs of wind. The first sighting of RRD was in the 1940’s in Wyoming on mutiflora roses. Multiflora rose can be found throughout the country and RRD has made its way to the east coast. RRD has been more pronounced in the Northeast, but now is occurring in the Southeast. It is a threat to all cultivated roses including Knockout roses.
  • Cultiva tus Propias Hierbas Para el Sabor y Ahorrar Dinero Posted by Anne Randle on Jun 5, 2017 Todos sabemos que las hierbas agregan sabor a nuestra comida. Pero es difícil encontrar algunas de las hierbas para la cocina latina en los supermercados de Georgia—especialmente hierbas frescas. Afortunadamente, es facil de cultivar muchas hierbas en Georgia, y las plantas producirán lo suficiente para que usted pueda disfrutar y...
  • Save Money and Savor Taste: Grow Your Own Traditional Herbs Posted by Anne Randle on Jun 5, 2017 Herbs are a fantastic way to introduce familiar flavors into a meal. Unfortunately, some of the herbs that set Latino cooking apart can be hard to find in grocery stores, especially when fresh. Even though these herbs may be hard to find in this region, they are easy to grow...
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Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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