Land for Conservation and Community

Athens Land Trust conserves, empowers, & sustains communities through responsible and visionary land use.

For beginning entrepreneurs, we offer a Vendor Development Program, an educational support program provided for those who are just getting started in their business.

This FREE Course will cover what you need to know to prepare a new or updated business plan and connect you with the resources necessary to build a solid foundation for growth.

The course will take place at the Athens-Clarke County Library every Monday, starting March 18. The course will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Upcountry Oyster Roast is a spring celebration to commemorate conservation achievements from the past year and to raise funds to support future conservation efforts. The Upcountry Oyster Roast celebrates partnerships with landowners statewide who are working with ALT to protect 17,010 acres of forest, farmland, river corridors and wetlands, historic sites, and public recreation areas in 36 counties and 10 of Georgia's 14 river basins.

Join us to enjoy oysters and clams from Sapelo Sea Farms on the Georgia coast, along with beer, wine, farm-fresh foods and desserts. This year's even will take place on Sunday, March 31st. All proceeds from the Oyster Roast will go directly to Athens Land Trust’s Youth Conservation Program.

A Farm Share is a great way to incorporate fresh local produce into your diet, and to support small farmers in your community. You pay the full cost of your Farm Share at the beginning of a season, and then you pick up your weekly box of food at either the West Broad Farmers Market (Saturdays) or Williams Farm (Fridays).

Our Farm Share is a relationship between our farmer network and our customers, or Farm Share “members.” By purchasing a Farm Share membership, you will be supporting local businesses.

The West Broad Farmers Market is geared towards building a neighborhood-based economy by providing a retail space for under-served farmers and food-based small business owners. In addition, we welcome local artisans and crafters to join us at the market. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 Market season. If you are interested, please fill out an application!

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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.”

What's Happening at ALT

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We're Hiring

We are currently accepting applications for the positions of Housing Director, Community Agriculture Director, Farmer Outreach Coordinator, Young Urban Farmers Coordinator, and several AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Click here to view these postings and apply!

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Upcountry Oyster Roast

Athens Land Trust’s 8th Annual Upcountry Oyster Roast will be held on March 31st, 2019, on the grounds of the Portico, along the Apalachee River, in Good Hope, Georgia. Join us as we celebrate local conservation! Be a sponsor or buy a ticket!

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Farm Share

Our Spring Farm Share sign-up open now! Stay tuned for more details on how to register.

March monthly Small Business info session

Community Revolving Loan Fund Info Session

Please join us for an info session on the Community Revolving Loan Fund, a new initiative of our department of Credit and Financial Growth.

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Grow Your Business

RSVP to reserve your spot for our free 8 week business development course coming this March!

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Be a Vendor

We are currently accepting vendor applications for the 2019 season at West Broad Farmers Market.

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Author Leah Penniman Visits Athens, GA

Join us March 25 as we present Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black. This event is free and open to the public! Click here to learn more and register online to attend.

Upcoming Events
Mar
25
Mon
6:30 pm Athens Land Trust and Avid Books...
Athens Land Trust and Avid Books...
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Athens Land Trust is excited to present author Leah Penniman, who will be speaking at the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium on March 25th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.   This event is free and open to the public. In Penniman’s book, Farming While Black, she describes how she brought Soul Fire Farm to life. The farm is a passion project committed to ending racism ... Read more
Mar
27
Wed
10:00 am community Revolving Loan Fund In...
community Revolving Loan Fund In...
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A community revolving loan fund (CRLF) is an economic development tool in which a pool of money is used for the purpose of making loans to individuals and businesses in the community. As loans are repaid by the borrowers, the money is returned to the loan fund, creating the opportunity to issue new loans to ... Read more
Mar
31
Sun
3:00 pm Upcountry Oyster Roast
Upcountry Oyster Roast
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us on March 31st on the grounds of the Portico for our 8th Annual Upcountry Oyster Roast! The all-you-can-enjoy event will again feature oysters and clams provided by Sapelo Sea Farms and roasted by LRG Provisions. Attendees can also enjoy local-made foods and desserts prepared by Donderos Kitchen, icook_ieforyou, and the Young Urban Farmers, ... Read more
Apr
13
Sat
8:30 am Homebuyer Education Class
Homebuyer Education Class
Apr 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
To register, visit the Homebuyer Education Class page.
Apr
15
Mon
5:30 pm Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
Apr 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Our board meetings are open to the public and take place at our office at 685 N. Pope St., Athens, GA 30601.
Apr
27
Sat
10:00 am Block Party at West Broad Farmer...
Block Party at West Broad Farmer...
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for the annual neighborhood block party at the Farmers Market! More details coming soon. Note: This is a special event, and not part of the regular 2019 Market season. The regular Market season will begin May 4, 2019.
May
4
Sat
9:00 am May Day Celebration and Opening Day
May Day Celebration and Opening Day
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Please join us for our annual May Day Celebration, which marks the opening day of the 2019 season at the West Broad Farmers Market!
May
18
Sat
8:30 am Homebuyer Education Class
Homebuyer Education Class
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
To register, visit the Homebuyer Education Class page.
May
20
Mon
5:30 pm Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
Athens Land Trust Board Meeting
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Our board meetings are open to the public and take place at our office at 685 N. Pope St., Athens, GA 30601.
Jun
8
Sat
8:30 am Homebuyer Education Class
Homebuyer Education Class
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
To register, visit the Homebuyer Education Class page.

Help Us Create Healthy Communities

Your donation supports the causes of food justice, land conservation, affordable housing, and economic opportunity for all.

Our Impact

With over two decades of work with the Athens community, together we’ve made significant progress toward improving access, health, and wealth.


acres permanently protected by ALT conservation easements

families have become first-time homeowners

volunteer hours across all ALT programs in the past year

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We’re right off Prince Ave, a few blocks from downtown, in a light blue house up on Pope Street. We welcome your visit!

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Greenlife Expo & Awards

Help us celebrate our awardees at the 2019 Green Life Expo and Awards!