Mario Cambardella: Urban Ag Director mcambardella@atlantaGA.gov
Elizabeth Beak: Food Systems Planner ebeak@atlantaGA.gov
Mike McCord: Food Forest Ranger email@example.com
Celeste Lomax: Community Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the fall of 2016, The Conservation Fund acquired 7.1 acres of land on Browns Mill Road in southeast Atlanta. This site will become Atlanta's first Community Urban Food Forest, as well as a new model for a City of Atlanta park. The food forest will produce a wide variety of fresh, flavorful, and healthy nuts, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, which will become 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 and community partners will be engaging in community need-finding, brainstorming, and design exercises that will help determine the eventual output of food. This is summary of the 12-month Community Vision Plan Process. Please check the AgLanta calendar, follow us on social media, or check out the latest newsletter to find out how you can participate in next phase of this process.
The project is funded by a grant from the U.S Forest Service’s Community Forest Program and is part of the City of Atlanta's efforts to bring healthy food within a half mile of 85 percent of Atlanta residents by 2022. Project partners include Lakewood-Browns Mill neighborhood residents, Council member Carla Smiths Office– District 1, Department of Parks and Recreation, The Conservation Fund, U.S Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission, the National Parks Service, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, UGA Extension, Fruit Forward, Georgia Food Oasis, Outward Bound Atlanta, Greening Youth Foundation, Stand Landscape Architecture, Sustenance Design LLC, Cracks in the Sidewalk Farm, Concrete Jungle, area schools, and hundreds of community volunteers.