AgLanta Grows-A-Lot:  Urban Gardens


Urban Garden Application Requirements

Threshold criteria:

  1. Minimum of 5 independent households committed to creating, maintaining and sustaining this community garden.
  2. Garden Manager - contact information of the garden group leader.
  3. Garden Sponsor Organization - non-profit or business entity authorized to enter into a licensure agreement with the City of Atlanta and serve as the garden group's fiscal sponsor.
  4. Submit a "Creating a Community Garden" worksheet and "AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden Application" form. 
  5. Indicate team is prepared to acquire garden general liability insurance (1 million) and complete the City of Atlanta's Urban Garden SAP Permit (Site Plan + Management Plan) before licensure granted/within 45 calendar days of being selected to adopt this site.

Photo credits - Food Well Alliance, Park Pride, Truly Living Well, Historic Westside Gardens, West End Urban Garden and Nursery. 


Step 1-3: Urban Garden Application Process

                                                                                                                          Applications submitted on: December  4, 2017 (7:00 AM - 11:59 PM)


Qualified AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden Applicants must complete the 5-step application process outlined in the AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Adoption Process .  

1) Complete the "AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Site Inquiry" online form about a specific property available for adoption.

2)  Participate in an open house (site visit + information session) for the property of interest. 

3) Submit an "AgLanta Grow-A-Lot Urban Garden Application" and "Creating a Community Garden" worksheet. 

*Please reference AgLanta Resources in your application. Let's partner to grow a safe, equitable and resilient food system! 

Step 4: Urban Garden Review Process

 Review Period: December 5 - 18, 2017

Applicants that meet 100% of the threshold requirements are awarded an Urban Garden Site on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • If multiple request for the same site are received simultaneously, preference points  will be awarded to applicants who have a: 
  1. Higher percentage of garden group applicants who live, work, or own a business within one mile of the site. 
  2. Graduated from a regional garden training program (Ex: Truly Living Well, HABESHA, Georgia Organics, UGA, Global Growers, apprenticed with a local garden or farm etc.)
  • If established criteria do not produce a clear candidate, CoA will hold a lottery to assign site. 
  • Applicants will be notified if they have been selected within two weeks of the application deadline.  



Step 5: Submitting Urban Garden SAP, Licensure Agreement, Proof of Insurance

Requirements for adoption must be finalized by : February 2, 2018

Within 45 days of the notification that an Applicant has been selected, AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Adopters must submit: 

  1. " Urban Garden SAP": (Site Plan + Management Plan): plans must adhere to approved urban agriculture uses for that site; CoA Urban Agriculture Ordinance; and CoA Bee City Resolution. 
  2. Five-year "Licensure Agreement" between the Garden Sponsor Organization and City of Atlanta. 
  3. "Certificate of General Liability Insurance" in the amount of no less than $1 million with the City of Atlanta listed as an additionally insured party. Please see the link to shared urban agriculture insurance policies on theAgLanta Grows-A-Lot resource page

Submit AgLanta Grows-A-Lot Urban Garden forms to: 

Attn: Elizabeth Beak, or deliver to City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience,  55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 3450 Atlanta, GA 30303



The following application administration and license fees will be paid at the time the license agreement is finalized:

Five-year license administrative fee and annual license fee for 5-year adoption. (waived for pilot partners/ $1). 

Water meter at site/back flow ($0.00 paid for by OoR)

Urban Agriculture SAP ($30.00/year).

Insurance (TBD)

Provide a check payable to:

“City of Atlanta” in the form of cash, credit card, personal/cashier check, or money order.