Want to connect the food chain dots for your little dudes without a day trip to the country? Head to one of the urban farms—cropping up in nearly every corner of Atlanta—where they’ll also have the chance to learn a little about community, along with the cabbage. Read on for the details on a farm near you.
Photo: Love is Love Farm
Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens
Operated since 2008, Love is Love Farm is as much about its mission to motivate young, land-less farmers to build a successful farming operation while serving the good of the food movement as it is about carrots and cukes. Certified organic since 2011, Love is Love Farm uses crop-rotation, annual cover cropping, on-farm composting, conservation tillage, and old-fashioned hard work to nudge each crop from the soil.
Love is Love Farm is about more than the soil. See how they employ their philosophy that “we do not own land forever, but can only steward and love it in our time” with a visit to this farm. You’ll be glad you did.
900 Dancing Fox Rd.
Decatur, Ga 30032
Photo: Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture
With two locations in Collegetown and East Point, each site is unique to the personality of its volunteers and neighborhoods, but both demonstrate successful food production in urban environments. Guided tours for groups of all sizes and ages are welcome to reconnect with the land, see fruits and vegetables in different stages of growth, and learn about natural farming.
Get Your Hands Dirty (Then Wash Up for Lunch)
Customize your tour with a farm service project or a homemade lunch produced with food from the farm.
75 Hilliard St. Ne
Atlanta, Ga 30312
Photo: The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm via Facebook
The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm began as an initiative to provide low-income families and individuals with access to affordable fresh produce, but has grown into a certified naturally grown farm that only grows produce that is in season, sold at prices as close to free as they can get. Additionally, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm donates fresh produce and fruits to local homeless shelters, partners with organizations and restaurants for frequent produce delivery, and hosts a farmers market at the farm during the season.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Gardening Lessons are offered to individuals and groups at the farm, and plots are available for rental to individuals and organizations in the community. They also welcome volunteers to help plant, maintain and harvest produce. Contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432 for more information.
3271 Main St.
College Park, Ga 30337
Photo: Patchwork City Farms via Facebook
Patchwork City Farms
Head to Brown Middle School in West End to check out what the association of new urban farmers, educators and social activist are growing at Patchwork City Farms. Volunteering is easy, whether you want to lend a hand indoors or outdoors.
Sit a Spell
After digging in the dirt or working in the office, Patchwork City Farms encourages volunteers to bring their art, books, guitars, and drums for some farm-fresh unwinding.
765 Peeples St. SW
Atlanta, Ga 30310
Photo: Aluma Farm via Facebook
Perhaps Atlanta’s newest large-scale urban farming endeavor, Aluma Farm is currently in development in conjunction with the Atlanta BeltLine on 3.8-acres of reclaimed industrial land at the southwestern tip. More than a small scale plan, the farms at Aluma consider it part of the answer to Atlanta’s growing hunger for local food.
Check It Out
While full-scale community outreach is still in development, Aluma Farm will begin hosting a weekly farm stand on Thursday nights starting April 20th, and see how the progress on this massive reclamation project is going.
1150 Allene Ave. SW
Atlanta, Ga 30310
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