The West Broad Market Garden, as a Certified Naturally Grown agricultural site, utilizes the latest in sustainable growing practices.
Thanks to the generosity of the Clarke County School District, in March of 2012 the Athens Land Trust broke ground on Athens’ first-ever community-based urban farm, located on the former playground of the historic West Broad School. The West Broad Market Garden is a 1/2-acre production oriented, Certified Naturally Grown urban farm utilizing biointensive growing methods to help support the West Broad Farmers Market. We avoid all inorganic fertilizers and pesticides as well as genetically modified seed. We keep our farm’s soil alive and fertile by plowing down soil, building cover crops, and utilizing: compost, lime, and commercially available organic fertilizer. For pest and disease management, we implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, that utilizes strategies to avoid or solve pest problems before they begin. Our methods include early detection of pets and disease, use of disease-resistant plant varieties, biological control, and bug-excluding row covers, if necessary. If, and only if, if a problem reaches the economic injury level, where the pest problem would cause enough damage for us to lose money, then we consider use of the safest pesticides available.
The West Broad Garden is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 AM – 12 PM!
For more information, please contact
To visit the garden, please contact our Garden Manager, Chris D’Alessandro.
1573 W. Broad St.
Athens, GA 30606