The Community Agriculture Program strives to support Athens Land Trust’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization by developing a sustainable local food system in some of Athens’ most food insecure communities, strengthening the local economy and building unity and wellness at the community level.
Our Program Areas
The CGN is a partnership between organizations that grow and promote school and community garden projects. The gardens in our network are increasing access to healthy food, teaching people about sustainable agriculture, and donating food to our community through Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens, and food pantries.
ALT is working with the local school system to expand school gardens and incorporate fresh food grown on school grounds into cafeteria meals. Our FoodCorps Service Members use this program to engage students in learning experiences through gardening, nutrition and food justice.
The West Broad Farmers Market provides retail space for underserved farmers and small business owners. Vendor development classes, held in our office, provide educational support for those just getting started in their businesses.
In partnership with Clarke County School District, ALT established the Young Urban Farmer (YUF) program in order to provide underserved high school students with sustainable agriculture education, hands-on work experience, and leadership development. Students work 12 hours weekly at the West Broad Market Garden, develop business plans for sustainable agriculture-based businesses, and sell their products at market booths.
This program is a collaborative effort with the National resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to conduct outreach and educational activities for underserved groups in Northeast Georgia. The goal of the program is to support and provide resources for marginalized farmers and raise awareness of NRCS programs.
Our Two Major Sites
West Broad Market Garden is a Certified Naturally Grown (organic), half-acre urban farm on the grounds of a historic African-American elementary school located on Broad Street in our most impoverished neighborhood. The garden has a Community Supported Agriculture Program and weekly produce stand.
Athens, Georgia 30606
Athens, Georgia 30601