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The Conservation Fund announced acquisition of 7.1 acres of land on Browns Mill Road in southeast Atlanta to become the city’s first Community Food Forest. Atlanta’s first Food Forest will become a designed and managed public park that grows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and mushrooms and makes them available for public consumption. Located in an area identified as a food desert, the site was a working farm as recently as 2000. Neighbors still talk about the land’s former owners, Ruby and Willie Morgan, who left excess produce from their farm on fence posts for neighbors to claim and enjoy. The City of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability and community partners are engaging the surrounding community in need-finding, brainstorming, and design exercises that help determine the eventual output of food.
The project is funded by a grant from the U.S Forest Service’s Community Forest Program and is part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s efforts to bring healthy food within a half mile of 75 percent of Atlanta residents by 2020. Project partners include the Lakewood-Browns Mill neighborhood residents, Council member Carla Smiths Office– District 1, The Conservation Fund, U.S Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission, Food Well Alliance, the National Parks Service, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, UGA Extension, Fruit Forward, and area schools.