Urban Agriculture Tool Lending Program
Food Well Alliance is excited to launch Atlanta’s first Urban Agriculture Tool Lending program, in partnership with the Atlanta Community ToolBank and with the generous support of Whole Foods Market. We have learned from our network of local food leaders that affordable access to heavy duty professional-grade tools is a major barrier to community gardens and urban farms in metro Atlanta. In addition, historically, the Atlanta Community ToolBank has not allowed membership for individuals, farms, gardens or local food organizations not associated with an non-profit entity.
In response to this need, Food Well Alliance has established an urban agriculture tool lending program at the Atlanta Community ToolBank where community gardeners and urban farmers can borrow BCS tractors year-round. In its pilot year, two BCS tractors and attachments will be made available for growers who have successfully completed the Food Well Alliance sub-user membership process.
How Does it Work?
As a sub-user of Food Well Alliance, all tool handling fees charged by the Atlanta Community ToolBank each time the tractors are borrowed will be covered by Food Well Alliance, as the member agency. To become an approved sub-user of Food Well Alliance at the Atlanta Community ToolBank, interested growers must:
Complete a BCS tractor 4-hour training and certification
Sign a sub-user membership agreement and liability form with Food Well Alliance
Pay a $50 annual sub-user membership fee for year-round access to two BCS tractors and attachments
Subscribe to all Atlanta Community ToolBank requirements and protocols.
Eligibility & Criteria
Urban farms and community gardens must be located in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
Urban farms and community gardens must provide proof of land ownership, lease agreement, or other documented agreement that states permission to operate where the BCS tractor will be used.
Register for BCS Training
If you are interested in accessing the Urban Agriculture Tool Lending Program year-round by becoming a sub-user of Food Well Alliance’s membership at the Atlanta Community ToolBank, register below for upcoming BCS trainings. This hands-on training covers operation, transport, safety, and equipment security of the BCS Tractor and will last approximately 4 hours.
Only the individual who registers and attends the training will be able to use the equipment.
BCS tractor trainings can accommodate a maximum of 10 growers per class.
If you were not accepted into the first training on July 13th due to class size limitations, you will be waitlisted for the next trainings in August, September or October. Food Well Alliance will contact you to schedule accordingly.
Sign up here if you would like to be contacted and enrolled in an upcoming BCS tractor training.