The ability to cultivate and harvest products from coastal Georgia’s land and water benefits the health of our communities, the viability of our economy, and the protection of our environment.
Data collected on these three sectors reveal quantities produced, economic benefits, and acres in production. Data were not available regarding quantities of local food and fiber consumption. This baseline data collected provide an important starting point for future research that will, over time, help Georgians develop strategies for bolstering our local food and fiber sectors to the benefit of our community.
While activities on working landscapes and waterfronts can negatively affect the quality of coastal environments, maintaining unpaved lands generally preserves the quality of natural landscapes compared to impervious urban developments. Working landscapes in coastal Georgia are dominated by three sectors: