The 2010 Georgia Organics Barbara Petit Pollinator Award was awarded to Julie Shaffer on February 20 in front of more than 1,000 people at the Classic Center in Athens as part of the Georgia Organics 13th Annual Conference and Expo.
“If you could combine the image of a fast, buzzing, pollinator (say of a moth or hummingbird), with the image of slow, thoughtful, plodding snail, you might have a good picture of the work ethic of this year’s award winner, Julie Shaffer,” said Barbara Petit, who served as Georgia Organics board president for six years. “A movement can only move with anchors in our neighborhoods and communities across the country. Julie has served as a magnet to draw people to this cause, connecting farmers and consumers and people with the food they eat. Julie’s roll-up your sleeves, committed, enthusiastic attitude has left an indelible mark in the growth of the good food movement in Georgia.”
The Barbara Petit Pollinator Award honors an individual or organization for outstanding community leadership in Georgia’s sustainable farming and food movement. The award acknowledges exceptional success in advancing Georgia Organics’ mission by spreading—pollinating—the movement throughout community life, such as the food industry, faith communities, public agencies, schools, and institutions.