East Point selected as pilot city to develop
metro Atlanta’s first City Agriculture Plan
After a thorough exploration process with seven metro cities earlier this year, the City of East Point has been selected to pilot the new City Agriculture Plan. The plan will begin with a community engagement and asset mapping phase led by Food Well Alliance, followed by a six-month planning process undertaken with support from Atlanta Regional Commission. Once the plan is developed, Food Well Alliance will guide the implementation of the plan and provide a minimum of $75,000 in funding to help the community bring it to life.
Though not selected this year, cities of Alpharetta, Clarkston, Hapeville, Lawrenceville, Lovejoy, and Pine Lake — that rallied to pilot the program — will receive support from Food Well Alliance to catalyze their own urban agriculture initiatives. We aim to help develop City Agriculture Plans in all 56 cities in its five county region serving Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties, in our effort to ignite a regional coalition for urban agriculture.
Funding for the City Agriculture Plan pilot initiative has been made possible by
The Zeist Foundation and the James M. Cox Foundation.
Urban gardens and farms bring value to cities.
Since 2015, Food Well Alliance has invested nearly $3 million into 150 local food organizations that are building healthy, equitable communities across the 5-county region. Beyond local food production, gardens and farms are critical spaces for community health, vitality and resilience. Read five stories of transformation and impact written by Atlanta’s community farmers and local food leaders.