In 2019, two green events come together! The Green Life Expo, which brings education, workshops, and kids activities to help build a more sustainable community, will be combined with the annual GreenFest awards, which recognize community members and organizations who have gone above and beyond to improve our environment. We are proud to partner in this great event and celebrate our awardees!
Since 2013, the West Broad Farmers Market has matched thousands of dollars spent on fresh produce for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers through our Double Dollars program. In partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia, this program matches each dollar spent by SNAP recipients. In addition to making healthy food more affordable, the Double Dollars program contributes to the local food economy, as each nutrition benefit dollar spent becomes two dollars for local farmers.
Join us for the fifth annual Cultivating Community Dinner and help ensure affordable, healthy produce is available to all members of our community. This evening features a multi-course fine dining experience prepared by Chef Peter Dale, with assistance from students in Athens Land Trust’s Young Urban Farmers program.
The Athens Land Trust office will be closed Monday, February 25th through Wednesday the 27th for a staff retreat. We will resume our regular hours of operation on Thursday, February 28th.
Our board meetings are open to the public and take place at our office at 685 N. Pope St., Athens, GA 30601.
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.
Successful entrepreneurs also need local resources, practical business knowledge (or access to it), and a network of colleagues to rely on. GYB is more than just a business planning course, it delivers everything a new entrepreneur needs to build a strong, lasting business. Through the weeks of the class, students get to know the other attendees, who will bond through shared experiences, while gaining a network that can be relied on in the future for support and advice.
GYB teaches the core business principles that a hopeful entrepreneur will need to get their business off the ground. The principals and steps taught in GYB are both practical and usable. We cover business plans, licensing, funding, marking, social media, and much more.
This year’s course will be help for 8-consecutive Monday nights from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Athens-Clarke County Library with additional instruction and hands-on guidance offered during our (4) Saturday business lab sessions.
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 other businesses. The CRLF seeks to build stronger communities by creating job opportunities and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives by providing financing for microenterprises located within Athens-Clarke County.
Join us for an upcoming Information Session to learn more about the Community Revolving Loan Fund. All potential candidates are required to attend an information session before applying. Applications can only be picked up at the required info session. Sessions are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. There will be one evening session held each month. Dates and times of evening sessions will be posted once available.
Join us in celebrating women for Women’s History Month at the Market!
Note: This is a special event, and not a part of the regular 2019 Market season. The regular Market season will begin May 4, 2019.
Save the date! the annual Upcountry Oyster Roast will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019. 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 16,485 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. Stay tuned for more details!