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, ebeak@atlantaGA.gov or deliver to City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience,  55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 3450 Atlanta, GA 30303

Deadlines/Timeline

Fees:

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.