Learning how to grow food is a natural gateway to learning about the environment, the ecosystem and how we fit into the cycles of nature.

Around Metro Atlanta people of all ages are learning how to be leaders in preserving the environment in our communities and our unique Piedmont eco-region.

  • Captain Planet is saving the world one kid at a time. With school gardens across Metro Atlanta, this organization combines gardening with environmental education for grades K-5.
     

  • The University of Georgia will test your soil for nutrient levels, pH and contaminants. Getting down and dirty with your soil is the guaranteed way to a successful growing season. Rub your fingers through the soil to identify characteristics: Is it clumpy like clay or gritty like sand? Learn how to build super soil, via Urban Farm Online or the UGA Extension.
     

  • Georgia Institute of Technology's urban honey bee project teaches students about the importance of pollinators on food production. The project also partners with community groups to install hives.
     

  • Activist Rob Greenfield is combating food waste one dumpster at a time. Did you know that around 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to the landfill rather than being turned into valuable compost?  Read about Rob's efforts to bring attention to the food waste problem one city at a time.
     

  • Compost Wheels is a business that picks up your unwanted food scraps and turns them into valuable compost. The composting service is a great way to divert food waste from landfills. Visit www.compostwheels.com to learn more and sign-up for the service.