Twenty-three refugee and international families who have been relocated to Atlanta are now sharing gardening techniques, cultural customs and local food at the North DeKalb Mall Community Garden.

North DeKalb Mall Community Garden has an unique advantage over many other gardens with their global crops and agri-methods, which would not be available without the Atlanta refugee population.

The International Rescue Committee, an organization that supports Atlanta’s refugee and immigrant farmers through their “New Roots” program, is leading the garden initiative. The community garden allows refugees to connect people to the land, take control of their food security challenges and supplement family incomes while pursuing healthy living.

It is Food Well Alliance’s mission to help sustain gardens through the Community & Educational Gardens Grant. Through survey feedback, Food Well Alliance listened to gardeners to understand that without basic infrastructure the sustainability of the gardens is at risk.

We will support North DeKalb Mall Community Garden by providing a meeting place to sit and discuss common goals, challenges and opportunities to maintain and grow the garden.