In November 2010, the Athens Land Trust (ALT) was one of just 27 organizations throughout the country selected to receive a grant as part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Food Projects program, which funds projects that build community food systems and fight hunger and food insecurity. With the 3-year, $287,690 grant it was awarded, ALT and its partners established the Athens Community Garden Network (CGN).
CGN Mission:To provide healthy, nutritious food for low-income families (including children, the elderly, and minority populations) by providing opportunities and support for them to grow their own.
1. Increase production of locally grown and fresh food that is available to low-income families
2. Create a greater sense of community through gardening and urbam farming
3. Promote use of fresh produce in existing meal delivery programs for senior citizens and children
4. Create opportunities for ecological open space development and preservation
5. Increase coordination among the various sectors of the food system
6. Strengthen linkages between community agencies, low-income families, the University of Georgia and the broader Athens community