The Community Agriculture Program strives to support Athens Land Trust’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization by developing a sustainable local food system in some of Athens’ most food insecure communities, strengthening the local economy and building unity and wellness at the community level.
- To promote sustainable agriculture
- To increase access to healthy food
- To support economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for underserved youth and adults
Our program areas:
- Community Garden Network: The CGN is a partnership between organizations that grow and promote school and community garden projects. The gardens in our network are increasing access to healthy food, teaching people about sustainable agriculture, and donating food to our community through Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens, and food pantries.
- Farm to School: ALT is working with the local school system to expand school gardens and incorporate fresh food grown on school grounds into cafeteria meals. Our FoodCorps Service Members use this program to engage students in learning experiences through gardening, nutrition and food justice.
- Vendor Development: The West Broad Farmers Market provides retail space for underserved farmers and small business owners. Vendor development classes, held in our office, provide educational support for those just getting started in their businesses.
- Young Urban Farmers: In partnership with Clarke County School District, ALT established the Young Urban Farmer (YUF) program in order to provide underserved high school students with sustainable agriculture education, hands-on work experience, and leadership development. Students work 12 hours weekly at the West Broad Market Garden, develop business plans for sustainable agriculture-based businesses, and sell their products at market booths.
- Farmer Outreach: This program is a collaborative effort with the National resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to conduct outreach and educational activities for underserved groups in Northeast Georgia. The goal of the program is to support and provide resources for marginalized farmers and raise awareness of NRCS programs.
Our two major sites are:
West Broad Market Garden is a Certified Naturally Grown (organic), half-acre urban farm on the grounds of a historic African-American elementary school located on Broad Street in our most impoverished neighborhood. The garden has a Community Supported Agriculture Program and weekly produce stand.1573 W. Broad Street Athens, Georgia 30606 (MAP)
Williams Farm is a five-acre urban farm located very close to downtown, where ALT is creating a center for healthy food production and agricultural education.243 Northside Drive Athens, Georgia 30601 (MAP)
For more information, please contact:
Community Agriculture Program Director
Miss Ethels’s Sweet Potato Pie, Nowhere Productions
West Farmers Market & Garden, Andrea Skellie