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Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market will open a drive-thru market on May 9th. We are excited to be able to open in this innovative and socially responsible way. The market will be in its new location at 300 S. Rockpsprings Street (in the parking lot of the Athens Housing Authority. This location is the result of an amazing partnership with the Athens Housing Authority - they have made their parking lot available and have provided the use of an acre of land adjacent for the new West Broad Garden. All these activities are within walking distance of the previous site and in better proximity to the residents of Rocksprings Homes. The market will feature all of the same vendors Athenians have come to know and love and is providing an important venue for sales for many small businesses. Our new online market will go live on May 3rd, so click "Learn More" for all the details of how you can shop the West Broad Farmers Market!

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Please note: The Athens Land Trust office is closed and all public events are cancelled until further notice.

Even though our office is currently closed, all staff are continuing to provide service over the phone, video or email. We are here to help with your needs.

For our homeowners and renters, we want to let you know that we are here to assist you in any way we can, as we always are. Please call David at 706-614-9636 to talk through any concerns you have.

Lastly, please stay safe and make sure you wash your hands upon entering your home. Always keep your hands away from your face, and practice social distancing. If you feel ill, please limit contact with others. Thank you for your personal efforts to adapt, shelter in place and make public health a priority. It’s a very difficult time and we are truly in this together.

Up to date information on the situation can be found CDC COVID-19 Information and Georgia Department of Health for Georgia specific information.  This link is Athens Clarke County’s COVID-19 page.

April 23, 2020 Update: West Broad Farmers Market Moves Online!

Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market will open a drive-thru market on May 9th. We are excited to be able to open in this innovative and socially responsible way. The market will be in its new location at 300 S. Rockpsprings Street (in the parking lot of the Athens Housing Authority. This location is the result of a  partnership with the Athens Housing Authority – they have made their parking lot available and have provided the use of an acre of land adjacent for the new West Broad Garden. All these activities are very near the previous location and in better proximity to the residents of Rocksprings Homes. The market will feature all of the same vendors Athenians have come to know and love and is providing an important venue for sales for many small businesses.

“It’s not quite the opening we had imagined, but our staff and vendors have been amazing and responded to this crisis in creative and flexible ways. We are still very excited about being in our new location, but until we are able to safely gather together, we have created a socially responsible market, where shoppers can still get all of their favorite things,” said Heather Benham, Executive Director of the Athens Land Trust.

The new market will provide for online ordering at wbfm.locallygrown.net. The Market will “open” on Sunday each week at 5:00 pm and shoppers will be able to purchase items via the website until 1:00 pm on Thursday, at which point the market will “close”. Shoppers will be able to pick up their orders via a drive-thru format at the Housing Authority parking lot on Saturday each week between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. There is no fee to sign up to shop with the market, and payment is accepted upon pick-up. The market will be available for the first week of shopping on Sunday, May 3rd, and the first pickup will be Saturday, May 9th. In addition to the online option, residents in the West Broad neighborhood will have
the ability to have menus delivered to their homes each week with a delivery option.

“Our vendors are working on setting up their profiles this week. We will have the same delicious baked goods, fresh local produce, and beautiful arts and crafts that have always been at the Market,” said Ellie Adams, who manages the West Broad Farmers Market.

“We will miss seeing our friends and neighbors, hearing the musical talent, watching the kids ride horses and doing yoga in the garden, but it will all be back when it’s safe. The market was started as a way to support and grow small local businesses, give residents in the West Broad neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food, and create a place where all people can come together. We are very much dedicated to
that vision, and we are excited that we have found a way to deliver on those commitments during this strange time,” said Benham.

With land that is community-owned and driven by community interests, our goal is to create healthy communities and forge partnerships to effect positive change across Athens, Georgia.

What is a Land Trust?

Athens Land Trust is a Community Land Trust (CLT). “CLTs are nonprofit organizations—governed by a board of CLT residents, community residents and public representatives—that provide lasting community assets and permanently affordable housing opportunities for families and communities.

CLTs develop rural and urban agriculture projects, commercial spaces to serve local communities, affordable rental and cooperative housing projects, and conserve land or urban green spaces.

However, the heart of their work is the creation homes that remain permanently affordable, providing successful homeownership opportunities for generations of lower income families.”

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Please note: all in-person classes, gatherings, and other events have been cancelled or postponed for the time being.

Welcome to the West Broad Farmers Market

West Broad Farmers Market Moves Online!

Read our latest press release on the new location and online format for the West Broad Farmers Market, opening
May 3, 2020!

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Due to the threat of COVID-19 to our community, Affordable Housing Info Sessions have been moved online.

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Upcoming Events
May
30
Sat
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
May 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more
Jun
6
Sat
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
Jun 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more
Jun
9
Tue
12:00 pm Online: Affordable Housing Info ...
Online: Affordable Housing Info ...
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm
Update: Due to the threat of COVID-19 to our community, Affordable Housing Information Sessions will be moved online until it is safe to host public gatherings again. Are you interested in learning more about homeownership opportunities through Athens Land Trust? Anyone interested in Athens Land Trust’s Affordable Housing Program will get an overview of the ... Read more
Jun
13
Sat
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
Jun 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more
Jun
15
Mon
5:30 pm Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Our Board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Board Meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to attend can contact Hannah Johnson at hannah@athenslandtrust.org for the meeting link. This meeting will take place virtually via Zoom.
Jun
20
Sat
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more
Jun
23
Tue
6:00 pm Online: Affordable Housing Info ...
Online: Affordable Housing Info ...
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm
Update: Due to the threat of COVID-19 to our community, Affordable Housing Information Sessions will be moved online until it is safe to host public gatherings again. Are you interested in learning more about homeownership opportunities through Athens Land Trust? Anyone interested in Athens Land Trust’s Affordable Housing Program will get an overview of the ... Read more
Jun
27
Sat
8:30 am Homebuyer Education Class
Homebuyer Education Class
Jun 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
To register, visit the Homebuyer Education Class page.  
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
Jun 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more
Jul
4
Sat
11:30 am West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
West Broad Farmers Market (Drive...
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shop your favorite items from the West Broad Farmers Market weekly from Sunday through Thursday and pick up your items via drive-thru, at the Athens Housing Authority (300 Rocksprings St), between 11:30 and 1:30 each Saturday! You will pay for your items when you pick them up! We will accept cash, check (Payable to ALT ... Read more

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