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LATEST NEWS FROM THE GFO PILOT COMMUNITIES

Augusta –

    • Among the projects that received GFO support in Augusta were an urban ag bootcamp, a youth life-skills program, and a composting project that takes invasive weeds growing in the Augusta canal and turns them into nutrient-rich soil that can be used by growers and farms in the community. This year, mini-grants awarded to Augusta Locally Grown and Soul + Soil kicked off two public engagement campaigns which provide fun, educational, and hands-on space for the community to learn and discover new ways to experience food.
    • Check out this article from the Augusta Chronicle on GFO partner and food champion Augusta Locally Grown: https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20190517/vineyard-church-augusta-locally-grown-tend-garden-for-those-in-need

Columbus –

    • Columbus Food Oasis initiatives ranged from creating a community garden map, to building a fruit orchard on an abandoned plot of land, to starting a bi-weekly farmers market that saw $1500 in SNAP redemption and doubling in its first season. Columbus continues to build on this success as this year the market plans to implement an on-site micro-farm and incorporate patient dietary education, and the fruit orchard was awarded a grant to beautify and improve the surrounding property. Also, be on the lookout for details about the Columbus fruit tree sale planned for September 2019.
    • Check out this article from Ledger-Inquirer on one of Columbus Food Oasis biggest success stories of 2018: https://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article229986184.html

Atlanta –

    • The Fresh MARTA Market is entering its fifth season of operation, and is now hosted at five MARTA stations around the city. The market has enjoyed steady growth and is becoming a model for other cities who are looking to implement similar food access solutions in their communities. Atlanta Food Oasis also recently began a partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections and Trellis Horticultural Therapy to teach gardening and life skills to women living in transitional housing.
    • Check out this article from the Atlanta Business Chronicle on how the Fresh MARTA Markets are bringing healthy food access to riders and their communities: https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2019/04/22/fresh-marta-markets-reopening-this-week.html

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