From Atlanta’s historic westside neighborhoods to Austell, and from Lilburn to Cabbagetown, community gardens are helping to shape the landscape of metro Atlanta. They are an essential source of fresh, local produce in areas where access to these foods is scarce, but their benefits reach far beyond the food they grow. They beautify neighborhoods and support local ecology, providing safe spaces and meeting places for everyone from children to seniors. They serve as hands-on teaching centers where people can connect to each other and to the earth where their food comes from.

Since its beginnings, Food Well Alliance has been committed to listening to, learning from, and working with community gardeners. In 2015, we hosted a convening of community garden leaders where they shared their greatest needs and biggest challenges. These convenings planted the seeds for the first Community Garden Grant in 2015 and collaborative design initiatives, such as Healthy Soil, Healthy Community  and Leaders Growing Community Gardens. These community-based compost and leadership development workshops trained and empowered metro Atlanta garden leaders to take on common challenges they face in the garden and in their communities.

Since 2015, we have awarded 96 Community Garden Grants totaling $150,000 to help gardeners complete infrastructure projects, purchase resources and practice new innovations.

In 2018, we awarded a total of $51,000 to support 34 gardens representing diverse communities across five counties: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. Our 2018 recipient gardens will each receive $1,500.

Every year, we’re more inspired by the creative ways community gardeners use the funds. We can’t wait to see the new compost systems, beekeeping equipment, raised beds for wheelchair access, and more! We celebrate you for increasing access to healthier local food and building communities that thrive.