Grantee Profile: Brent Hall of Freewheel Farm

Grantee Profile: Brent Hall of Freewheel Farm

Brent Hall is the farmer and owner of Freewheel Farm, a diversified urban farm made up of three sites in the heart of Atlanta. They maximize their space through intensive planting, and believe that the quality of our produce starts with the health of their soil.

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Grantee Profile: Nuri Icgoren of Urban Sprout Farms

Grantee Profile: Nuri Icgoren of Urban Sprout Farms

In 2012, Nuri Icgoren founded Urban Sprout Farms, a biodynamic, certified organic farm located in the Polar Rock neighborhood of Lakewood Heights. The five-acre plot, just a few miles southeast of Downtown Atlanta, is home to hoop houses, fresh herbs and flower beds, producing an average of 8,600 pounds of food annually.

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The Center for Civic Innovation's Rohit Malhotra Becomes an Echoing Green Fellow

The Center for Civic Innovation's Rohit Malhotra Becomes an Echoing Green Fellow

Global nonprofit Echoing Green today announced that Atlanta native Rohit Malhotra has been awarded a highly competitive and coveted Fellowship for his work as the founder and executive director of the Center for Civic Innovation

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A Bee Farm in Atlanta's Backyard

Jenna Mobley local food and environmental educator is leading a swarm of bees at Springdale Park Elementary in Virginia Highlands. Learn more on the Virginia Highlands Civic Association's blog site. 

On May 6, we heard there was a swarm of bees at Springdale Park Elementary (SPARK), then heard that they were part of the school’s garden center. So, where did we go? Over to watch Jon the beekeeper sort out what was happening. He wasn’t 100% sure but believed the colony had grown too large so some bees were leaving to start another colony. In this case “the defectors” gathered temporarily in a nearby tree, and then returned to swarm around the old hive. Jon set up another hive to encourage formation of the second colony. He moved the queen to the new hive along with some of the other bees and now he’ll just keep an eye on how it goes. Jon is quick to note the extensive benefits of honey bees, and points out that they are not aggressive. SPARK is very careful regarding both the care of the bees and the safety of the students.

Caylor works to establish a second colony for the swarming SPARK bees.

If you think this is fascinating – and who wouldn’t? – jump on over to SPARK’s Garden Center website to learn more. The center’s headed up by Jenna Mobley, SPARK’s Environmental Science teacher…and many energetic kids are actively engaged. You’ll also find more stories about Jon Caylor, a fifth generation beekeeper, who says that beekeeping is a hobby. He’s actually completing his graduate degree in organizational development at Mercer. Don’t you imagine he can draw some parallels between the organizational structure of businesses and bee colonies?