Metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing regions in our country.
From Norcross to Clarkston to South Fulton, cities are rapidly re-developing. As our metro Atlanta cities become more dense and developed, the pressure on urban farms and gardens increases. In partnership with Atlanta Regional Commission, Food Well Alliance will embark on a pilot project that brings together local governments and communities across the five-county metro Atlanta region to create a city-wide plan that incorporates urban agriculture into the next phase of their development.
In 2019, we will select one pilot city to develop a City Urban Agriculture Plan.
The City Agriculture Plan will do exactly what its name says: bring growers, community leaders, and city officials together - guided by the planning expertise of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) - to develop city-wide plans that prioritize urban agriculture. The end goal? Thriving community gardens and urban farms providing greater access to locally grown food across the metro Atlanta Region, which translates to healthier people, environments, and communities.
The City of East Point will pilot the new City Agriculture Plan, which will After a thorough exploration process with seven metro cities earlier this year, Food Well Alliance and ARC announced today they have selected the City of East Point 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 ARC. 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.
The City of East Point was selected out of seven metro cities, all of which six other metro Atlanta cities that rallied to pilot the program will receive funding support to catalyze their own urban agriculture initiatives. Food forums in the seven cities –: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Hapeville, Lawrenceville, Lovejoy, and Pine Lake, along with East Point – drew nearly 500 people to learn more about City Agriculture Planning and share their ideas.
Over time, Food Well Alliance aims to help develop City Agriculture Plans in all 54 cities in its five county region serving Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
Funding for the City Agriculture Plan pilot has been made possible by the Zeist Foundation and Food Well Alliance founding benefactor, the James M. Cox Foundation.