In 2012, Nuri Icgoren founded Urban Sprout Farms, a biodynamic, certified organic farm located in the Polar Rock neighborhood of Lakewood Heights. The five-acre plot, just a few miles southeast of Downtown Atlanta, is home to hoop houses, fresh herbs and flower beds, producing an average of 8,600 pounds of food annually.
He started farming because he was appalled at how difficult it was to find fresh, healthy food in his community, and because he wanted more control of what went into the bodies of himself and his family.
Besides healthy produce, Urban Sprout Farms also has a colorfully painted event space, community, and a big vision for the future. They host community events all year long, including school tours, workshops, a weekly on-farm market, yoga on the farm, and movie nights.
Nuri used the Local Food Grant for some key farm infrastructure projects, which have enabled him to expand his operation and increase his revenue. Nuri was also a Food Innovation Fellow in 2017, which helped to refine is business plan.
Find more about Urban Sprout Farms at www.urbansproutfarms.com or visit their on-site market every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.