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When Peachtree Road Farmers Market Manager Lauren Carey sees a problem, chances are she’s about to find a solution. A prime example was creating The Farmer Fund in 2015, after torrential downpours wiped out several farms a few years prior. The Fund, which exists to support farmers in the face of natural disasters and help […]

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Before making history by becoming the City of Atlanta’s first Director of Urban Agriculture, Mario Cambardella took a vacation to Italy. Due to a series of unfortunate events — which turned out to be quite fortunate, in retrospect — Cambardella wound up in Milan for the World’s Fair. The theme was how cultures are preparing […]

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By Akilah Roberts and Claire Maxwell The Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) began its Orchard Project in 2010 with the inaugural planting at Burgess Peterson Academy in East Atlanta. The ALFI Orchard Project installs edible school and community orchards that aim to feed, teach, and inspire. The project has planted 21 orchards that provide direct access to local food while improving Atlanta’s landscape. […]

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Atlanta is ready to become a national leader in local food systems—today Mayor Kasim Reed signed an ordinance that will encourage and support our growing urban agriculture movement. (Read the full text of the ordinance here.) Development of the ordinance was led by the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Georgia Organics, a grassroots group of urban farmers, […]

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By Robby Astrove, ALFI Orchard Project Coordinator Orchards and fruit trees couldn’t be more fitting for the ATL. Our ‘City in a Forest,’ as we call it, is a beautiful forest garden city that just happens to have one hell of a thriving local food movement. While Seattle is getting a lot of the ‘food […]

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