Dig in: New collaborative initiative promotes healthy soil

Food Well Alliance connects local food organizations and healthy soil

Eight committed organizations in Metro Atlanta’s local food system offered their leadership and expertise to collaborate on supporting community growth through healthy soil.

Food Well Alliance, in collaboration with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Global Growers Network, Park Pride, Terra Nova Compost Cooperative, Truly Living Well, and UGA Extension, collaboratively-designed the Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Initiative.

The initiative will address common challenges in Metro Atlanta’s community gardens and contribute to food security improvements, access to locally-grown food, and an increase in community activities and connections. 

The Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Initiative was fueled by the Community & Educational Garden Working Well Group.

Working Well Groups are a cross-sector collaboration of organizations that work with local food and share common missions. The goal of each Working Well Group is to identify the greatest opportunity to address our community challenges.

Food Well Alliance and our community partners, address one of the core community and educational garden needs by building resilient soil practices.

Workshops & Resources


Community gardeners throughout Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties have access to 30 public workshops to educate gardeners on healthy soil practices. Over 50 gardens will receive a Healthy Soil Tool Kit consisting of: quality compost, a compost bin, a composting thermometer, a soil test, a weatherproof instructional sign, and a resource guide– to build healthy soil, increase composting practices and reduce pest and diseases in their gardens.