Leaders Growing Community Gardens is an Atlanta collaborative initiative, funded by Food Well Alliance, designed to support community gardens. Some of Atlanta’s finest organizations have worked together to organize a series of 2-day workshops with customized curriculum and 1x1 coaching to build resilience and greater capacity for metro Atlanta’s community gardens.

At the root of every community garden are committed leaders that envision success for their gardens, fellow members and the surrounding community.

Leaders Growing Community Gardens offers garden leaders an opportunity to become better stewards through workshops and coaching that cover community engagement, site management, program development, organizational development and marketing and communications.

Community garden members with leadership training offer unique insight to help the community garden to conquer common challenges including garnering community participation for workdays, designing around landscape barriers and setting up sustaining governance among members.

Are you part of a community garden in Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton or Gwinnett counties or interested in joining the garden community to increase your leadership skills? Here’s how to get involved.

Attend an upcoming workshop
The Leaders Growing Community Gardens Initiative offers one 2-day workshop in each of our five counties to equip garden leaders with essential skills and tools to successfully steward community gardens in metro Atlanta. The curriculum was designed by our community partners to provide attendees with leadership training and horticulture knowledge. Visit the calendar for the workshop date in your county.

Register to qualify for 1x1 coaching
Thirty community garden leaders have an opportunity to get direct guidance from local experts that have an extensive history of launching and/or maintaining numerous gardens in metro Atlanta. The coaching is centered around leadership development, establishing sustainable governance and horticultural expertise. Register for 1x1 Coaching by November 7 at 11:59pm.

Meet our Partners

Atlanta Community Food Bank Community Gardens
This program offers assistance to more than 100 new and existing gardens across Metro Atlanta. Volunteers and neighbors come together to grow fresh, healthy food to nourish communities and neighborhoods. We encourage local gardeners to plant an extra row of veggies in their gardens and donate the harvest! Last year’s effort garnered 106,292 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
The mission of East Atlanta Village Farmers Market under Community Farmers Markets is to develop a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Our purpose is to preserve, root, and grow a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, fair food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth.

Global Growers Network
Global Growers Network creates opportunities in sustainable agriculture for diverse families in Georgia by growing good food, training farmers, and providing economic opportunity. We manage multiple community gardens, offer educational workshops, host volunteers and school trips, and aggregate and distribute fresh vegetables from a network of local farmers. Global Growers is an independent nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, GA.

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm's mission is to reduce barriers to healthy living in urban communities by encouraging, promoting and supporting health education and sustainable high-quality low-cost agricultural production through gardening and farm training.

Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL), Inc.
PAHL’s mission is to empower South DeKalb County residents to make healthy choices that support their best quality of life. We do this by increasing access to healthy food and active living opportunities and by promoting community building and environmental changes that sustain a culture of health.

South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative
South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative aims to develop and maintain a healthy and secure food system that is environmentally and economically sustainable.

Think Green Inc.
Think Green Inc is an AgroEcoTech community benefit organization based in Atlanta, GA. On a mission to reconnect people to planet, exploring the intersection of agriculture, ecology, and technology since 2014.  

Wylde Center
The Wylde Center's mission is to cultivate vibrant greenspaces and inspire communities of environmental stewards.