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.
Spotlight on Economic Development: Fresh Harvest
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.
Since its launch in 2012, Fresh Harvest’s mission has been supporting local farmers by making healthy eating convenient and automated for its customers. Co-founder Zac Harrison adds, “We want to support our city and have the food that’s grown here, stay here.”
In 2016, Fresh Harvest purchased $685,000 in food from local farmers and artisans and prides itself on its “responsive supply chain,” sourcing from local farmers based on their seasonal availability.
The company also recently started sourcing from its own Fresh Harvest Garden, which sold 1,074 pounds of produce in 2016, including diverse foods such as Ethiopian kale and New Zealand spinach.
The garden serves as a community gathering space for dinners and cooking demonstrations and will expand production from an eighth of an acre to two acres in 2017, thanks to a grant from the Food Well Alliance.
Spotlight on Health & Nutrition: Good Samaritan Health Center
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.
Founded in 1999, Good Sam provides medical, dental, mental health counseling, health education, specialty care, and case management services for low-income families and individuals, specifically those in the 30318 and 30314 ZIP codes.
Good Sam’s innovative approach includes incorporating locally grown food from its own one-acre farm – an oasis tucked away behind the parking lot. Following a holistic “Full Circle of Health” model to treat diet-related disease like hypertension and diabetes, Good Sam provides access to fresh produce in an area designated as a food desert. They prescribe fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to patients through a subsidized daily farmers market.
From doctor’s visits, to farmers market purchases, to education on fitness and healthy eating, Good Sam is striving to provide a full circle of healthcare all in one location at affordable prices.
Interested in learning more about Good Samaritan Health Center and others in the local food movement?
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.
Prentiss “Farmer P” and Jasann “Lovey” Gilliam
Co-founders / Farmers
Gilliam’s Community Garden located in Oakland City of Southwest AtlantaLeaders Building Environmental Stewardship
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.