Atlanta’s local food movement is alive and growing.
Our urban growers, compost experts, educators and community organizers are some of our city’s greatest leaders who are paving the way for a more resilient local food system through their commitment to locally-grown food.
These leaders play a critical role in increasing access to locally-grown food, improving health outcomes, building community, improving our natural environment and galvanizing our local food economy.
If you believe that local food builds a strong community identity and spirit, let’s work together to demonstrate this to individuals and organizations that can bring resources to our city.
Case Studies from the Movement
Fresh Harvest is a subscription food delivery service making it quick and easy for families in Atlanta to get fresh, sustainably grown produce from local farms. Through partnerships with 24 Georgia-based organic farmers and food suppliers, the Clarkston-based Fresh Harvest delivers baskets filled with produce and artisan items every week to homes and businesses in the Metro Atlanta area. Check out the video and read the full case study.
With a commitment to supporting local farmers and providing customers with sustainably-grown food, Atlanta’s Wrecking Bar Brewpub has purchased more than $1 million in local food since 2015, and has even started growing its own food. Wrecking Bar is one of Metro Atlanta’s unique food business models because it is a vertically integrated firm comprised of a restaurant, on-premises brewhouse and a farm - giving it considerable influence over its food sourcing. Read the full case study.
Decrepit buildings with colorful paintings and art on their walls are situated next to blooming perennials and fluttering butterflies. Plant beds line the sides of streets, and hoop houses contain freshly-grown organic peppers, tomatoes and eggplants that are sold to local restaurants. You’ll see locals tending the soil, and chairs, tables and children’s toys in the space devoted to the community for farmers market days. But most of all, you’ll see hope at the site of Urban Sprout Farms - a thriving, five-acre certified organic farm located in an impoverished community where fresh produce is scarce. Read the full case study.
Just blocks away from where Buford Highway – Atlanta’s multicultural commercial thoroughfare – passes through the City of Norcross, a crowd of adults and children gather at the Norcross Community Market. Some are browsing booths selling a variety of delicious, locally produced goods from fresh fruits and vegetables to honey and eggs. Some are tasting ready-to-eat treats such as arepas, tamales, and elote prepared by local food vendors. Others are participating in cooking demonstrations or simply enjoying live entertainment. Check out the video and read the full case study.
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture educates and connects people through urban farming, builds positive personal relationships and establishes an ethic of community and environmental stewardship.With two farm sites in Collegetown and East Point, and two additional growing sites in Fayetteville and on Harbin Road in Atlanta, Truly Living Well continues to serve as a leader and pioneer in the urban agricultural community in Metro Atlanta. Check out the video.
Atlanta-based company Compostwheels is on a mission to educate Atlanta residents about the importance of composting. Since 2012, the company has diverted more than two million pounds of food waste from landfills through its composting service, and it has established relationships with more than seven farms and gardens in Atlanta. Read the full case study.
Health and Nutrition
Produce markets are sprouting along Atlanta’s public transit lines thanks to a unique collaboration between the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the local food community known as The Fresh MARTA Market. In 2015, Community Farmers Markets (CFM), Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta (GFOA), Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), and Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative took Fresh MARTA Market from an idea to fruition. Read the full case study.
Good Samaritan Health Center (known as Good Sam), is a full-service charitable clinic nestled in Westside Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood. Its work centers around providing Christ-centered quality and affordable healthcare to those who need it most while providing a medical home for their patients. Check out the video and read the full case study.
Leaders Building Community Vitality
HABESHA, Inc. cultivates leadership in children, young adults and seniors through community gardening, entrepreneurship and urban agriculture training.
Community Farmers Markets creates authentic spaces for all people to share community and healthy food at markets that support local producers who steward the earth.
Founder + Chief Executive Officer
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture educates and connects people through urban farming, builds positive personal relationships and establishes an ethic of community and environmental stewardship.
Local Food Leaders Improving Health and Nutrition
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm is certified with the Department of Public Health to accept WIC (Women and Children) and Senior FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) vouchers at the East Point Farmers Market, where he sells Certified Naturally Grown fresh produce.
Alison Curtis MS, RD
Cobb Health Futures Foundation is working with the Mableton Farmers Market to provide affordable local produce to food insecure populations in Cobb County as part of their “Farm Fresh Market” strategy of the Cobb2020 Partnership for Health.
Carver Neighborhood Market is a small food market in Historic South Atlanta focused not just on providing food to its neighbors living in a well-known food desert, but also on providing healthy produce sourced locally from nearby urban farms.
Leaders Impacting Economic Development
Director Urban Agriculture
City of Atlanta’s Urban Agriculture team is working on an urban agriculture allotment program, where vacant, city-owned properties will be made available to growers for growing food.
Georgia Organics is advancing farmer prosperity by helping farmers stay healthy, remain in their chosen profession, and continue to support the growth of the local food system.
Leaders Impacting Environmental Stewardship
Park Pride has partnered with UGA extension to create pollinator gardens in public parks to educate community gardeners on the importance of pollinators in growing food.
Greening Youth Foundation trains diverse and underserved inner-city youth for careers in land management and conservation, including urban agriculture, in an effort to develop and nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards.
Love is Love Farm makes their soil fertile by using thousands of pounds of food waste annually - vegetable and fruit scraps from restaurants, community partners, neighbors and customers that might otherwise end up in the landfill.