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What is Georgia Food Oasis?

The Georgia Food Oasis Network is a growing movement of towns and cities that believe in the power of food to drive positive change.  From declining dietary-health, food sovereignty, and increasing social-economic disparities, to biodiversity loss and climate change.  We believe food is at the heart of these problems, and a vital part of the solutions.

Select your community below to learn more about the Georgia Food Oasis initiatives in your area.

Communities

Atlanta


Founded in 2013, the Atlanta coalition of Georgia Food Oasis serves communities within South Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, and the Westside. Food Oasis Atlanta focuses on providing residents with the information they need to make their own healthy choices while offering resources to become food advocates for their own community.

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Augusta

CSRA Community Food Coalition
Community Snapshot

Core Partners:

  • Augusta Locally Grown
  • Golden Harvest Food Bank
  • Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission (CSRA-RC)

Grassroots Network:

Established: 2015
Organizational structure: Informal, Independent
Fiscal Agent: Georgia Organics
Background: 10+ years of grassroots projects championed by Augusta Locally Grown

Contact Information: 

  • Ashley Siler
    Steering Committee
    asiler@goldenharvest.org
  • Regina Pyles
    Steering Committee
    rpyles@csrarc.ga.gov
  • Kim Hines
    Steering Committee
    kim@augustalocallygrown.org

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Community Initiatives & Projects

  • GROW Harrisburg: comprehensive garden, nutrition, and culinary education in Harrisburg neighborhood near downtown Augusta.
  • Sibley Soilworks: operation that utilizes aquatic weeds from nearby canal to make compost.
  • Master’s Table Kitchen and Garden: 40+ raised bed garden and chicken coop. Produce used in meals prepared on-site.
  • Community Food Assets Map: identifies over 400 assets including gardens, farms, and markets.
  • FoodCorps of GA: Richmond BOE hosts one service-member to strengthen farm to school efforts.

Local Food Access Points

  • Veggie Park Farmers Market*, Harrisburg, April-Nov., Tuesday, 4:30-7pm
  • Augusta Market*, March-Oct., Saturday 8am-2pm
  • Augusta Locally Grown Online Market, Evans & Augusta, year-round, Tuesday, 4-6pm
  • Burke County Farmers Market*, Waynesboro, Thursday, 4-6pm
  • Aiken County Farmers Market, Aiken, SC, year-round, Tues/Thur/Sat, Sunrise-12pm
  • Augusta Locally Grown, Pick-Up Sites
    • Augusta, at the Clubhouse,
      Tuesdays 5-7pm (540 Telfair St, Augusta, GA 30901)
    • Evans, at Augusta Jewish Community Center,
      Tuesdays 4-6pm (898 Weinberger Way, Evans, GA 30809)

*accepts EBT/SNAP

Local Policies & Programs

  • CSRA-Regional Commission: incorporating healthy food access in comprehensive and annual work plans.
  • Canal Authority + Augusta-Richmond County: permits use of Eve Street pavilion to host Veggie Park Farmer’s Market.
  • Canal Authority + Augusta-Richmond County: formal partner of Sibley Soilworks compost operation, including donation of space and coordinates delivery of aquatic weeds (brown materials).

Columbus

Columbus Food Oasis
Community Snapshot

Core Partners: 

  • River Valley Regional Commission
  • Columbus Botanical Garden
  • Feeding the Valley Food Bank
  • UGA Muscogee County Extension
  • Columbus State University
  • UGrow, Inc.
  • Columbus Land Bank Authority
  • W.C. Bradley Farms

Grassroots Network:

Established: 2015
Organizational structure: Informal, independent
Fiscal Agent: Georgia Organics
Background: 6+ years of grassroots projects beginning with Columbus Local Food Fund.

Contact Information: 

  • Jenn Collins
    Co-chair, Steering Committee
    jenncollins1@gmail.com
  • Ashley Turner
    Secretary, Steering Committee
    asturner@wcbradley.com

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Community Initiatives & Projects

  • MercyMed Clinic + Farm: comprehensive services for patients to improve health, includes micro-farm,
    market, and nutrition education.
  • North Highland Farmers Market: Columbus’ first multi-partner producer-led market that doubles SNAP.
  • Bibb City Urban Orchard: a community fruit orchard in a neighborhood without fresh food access.
  • Community Garden Map: project in partnership with CSU that locates gardens for residents.
  • Feeding the Valley Giving Garden: campus garden produce featured in Senior Meals program.
  • River Valley Regional Commission’s Cold-Storage Market Feasibility Study: expected by end of 2019.

Local Food Access Points

  • North Highland Farmer’s Market*, Columbus, May-Oct., 1st & 3rd Wed., 4-6pm
  • West Georgia Farmers Co-op Market*, LaGrange, June-Nov., Sat 9am-1pm
  • Jenny Jack Farm Stand*, Pine Mountain, April-Dec., Wed. 9am-12pm; 1st Sat. 9am-12pm
  • Midland Community Farmer’s Market, Midland, May-Oct., Sat. 9am-12pm
  • Market Days on Broadway, Columbus, year-round, Sat.9am-12pm

*accepts EBT/SNAP

Local Policies & Programs

  • Columbus Land Bank Authority: Lots of Good Use program returns property to good use, includes community gardens and market gardens uses. Sliding-scale fees for purchase and/or lease.
  • Columbus-Muscogee County: permits residents to own chickens only on lot sizes of 2 or more acres.
  • Columbus-Muscogee County Neighborhood Open Spaces: allows for community gardens and agriculture uses on open land.

Rome

Rome Community Coalition
Community Snapshot

Core Partners:

  • Harbin Clinic
  • The William S. Davies Homeless Shelter
  • The Heart of the Community Foundation
  • Rome-Floyd ECO Center
  • Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful
  • Berry College
  • South Rome Redevelopment Corp.
  • Between the Rivers Farmer’s Market
  • Living Proof Recovery

Grassroots Network:

Established: 2017
Organizational structure: Informal, independent
Fiscal Agent: The William S. Davies Homeless Shelter
Background: Grassroots project + coordination

Contact Information:

  • Bobby Jones
    Coordinating Leadership
    rbjones1987@gmail.com
  • Emma Wells
    Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful
    ewells@romega.us

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Community Initiatives & Projects

  • South Meadow Farm: William S. Davies Homeless Shelter has broken ground on a 2-acre vegetable farm to improve quality of experience and food sovereignty of residents.
  • The Davies Farm Bus: in partnership with Berry college, a remodeled bus serves as a mobile market.
  • Rome-Floyd ECO Center: incorporates horticulture and gardening education for residents.
  • South Rome Redevelopment Corporation: grassroots community gardening initiative.
  • BeeShees: female beekeeping collective.

Local Food Access Points

  • Harbin Clinic Farm Stand, summer months, Tuesday 11am-1pm
  • The Davies Farm Bus*, rotation of afternoon stops on Tuesday & Thursday
  • Between Rivers Farmer’s Market, May-Oct., Saturday 8:00-11:30am
  • Rome Farmer’s Market at Ridge Ferry Park, June-Oct., Wed. & Sat. 7-11am

*accepts EBT/SNAP

Local Policies & Programs

  • City of Rome permits residents to own chickens (hens only):
    A. minimum lot size requirement of 30,000 sqft. or .68 acres. maximum of 4 hens permitted.
  • Land Reserve Areas: can be be used for community gardens and crop cultivation.
  • Community Gardens: defined use in residentially-zoned areas, minimum lot size of 7,500 sqft or .12 acres, must have 4 parking spaces.

Savannah

Healthy Savannah
Community Snapshot

Core Partners:
150+ partners, including:

  • Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc. (EOA)
  • Forsyth Farmer’s Market
  • Savannah-Chatham Co. Public School System
  • Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA)
  • Chatham County Health Department
  • UGA Chatham County Extension

Steering Committee:

Established: 2007
Organizational structure: Non-profit
Fiscal Agent: Healthy Savannah
Background: founded by Mayor Otis Johnson
Meet-up: bimonthly steering committee meetings

Contact Information: 

  • Paula Kreissler
    Director of Healthy Living, Healthy Savannah
    paula@healthysasvannah.org
  • Holly Thaw
    Healthy Savannah Steering Committee Chair
    holly.thaw@gmail.com

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Community Initiatives & Projects

  • Everybody East Fresh Free Fridays: a free produce market organized by youth, monthly at Beach H.S.
  • EOA Senior Garden: community garden for seniors to improve connection and access to fresh produce.
  • Farm Truck 912: oldest and most expansive mobile market in Georgia, serving 14 locations weekly.
  • Forsyth Farmer’s Market: an early adopter of SNAP-authorization and SNAP-doubling.
  • SUGA: supports education and community gardens, including a School Garden Manager’s Program.

Local Food Access Points

  • Forsyth Farmer’s Market*, Jan-Dec, Saturdays 9am-1pm
  • Farm Truck 912*, rotation of 14 weekly locations Mon-Sun, Jan-Dec.
    more location details: www.forsythfarmersmarket.com/farmtruck912

Local Policies & Programs

  • City of Savannah Community Garden Ordinance: established in 2012 individuals and/or groups are invited to use City-owned property in establishing a community garden through an application process
  • City of Savannah Animal Control Ordinance: zoning permits backyard chickens and bee-keeping, see set-back and acreage requirements. (ex.: 1 chicken per 1,000 sqft; 2 bee colonies per quarter acre)
  • City of Savannah Food Truck Ordinance: passed in 2016, created permit process for mobile food truck/market sales.

Walton County

Walton Local Food Alliance
Community Snapshot

Core Partners: 

  • Walton Wellness
  • Monroe Downtown Development Authority
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Walton County Soil and Water Con. District
  • UGA Walton County Extension
  • The Society of St. Andrew
  • Foster Brady Farm
  • Yellow Hen Farm
  • Jensen Reserve Farm
  • Bella Vista Farm
  • Mountain Creek Farm
  • William Harris Homestead
  • Johns Supermarket
  • Silver Queen Restaurant
  • South on Broad Restaurant
  • Athens Tech, Culinary Dept.

Food Policy Council: 

Established: 2018
Organizational structure: Non-profit
Fiscal Agent: Walton Wellness
Background: 10+ years grassroots projects prior to formal organization

Contact Information: 

  • DeDe Harris
    (770) 313-8107
    waltonwellness@gmail.com
    www.waltonwellness.org + www.waltonlocalfood.org

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Community Initiatives & Projects

  • Grow-A-Row: local gardens grow and donate produce to Walton Wellness projects.
  • The Field Garden: vegetable garden in partnership with county jail.
  • Mobile Farmacy Farmers Market: member-based market for financially burdened residents.
  • Meatless Mondays: public awareness campaign, promoting plant-based meals.
  • FoodCorps of GA: Walton Soil & Water Conservation District host 2 service members.

Local Food Access Points

  • Monroe Farmer’s Market*, May-Nov, Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Mobile Farmacy Market, April-Oct, Tuesdays
  • John’s Supermarket*, M-F 7:30am-9:30pm
  • Foster Brady Farm CSA, weekly farm share April-Dec

*accepts EBT/SNAP

Local Policies & Programs

  • City of Monroe manages seasonal Monroe Farmer’s Market.
  • Monroe Downtown Development Authority in early phase of community garden initiative.

Waycross

Waygreen, Inc.
Community Snapshot

Core Partners: 

  • Ag South
  • Southeast Health District
  • Ware Children’s Initiative
  • Destination Church Downtown
  • Slow Food South Georgia
  • The Society of St. Andrews
  • Waycross Ware Co. Public Library
  • Waycross Ware Chamber of Commerce
  • Okefenokee Heritage Center

Grassroots Network: 

Established: 2014
Organizational structure: Community Org
Fiscal Agent: WayGreen, Inc.
Background: Grassroots projects + local markets
Meet-up: Second Thursdays 6-8 pm, Okefenokee Heritage Center.

Contact Information: 

  • Connie Oliver
    President, WayGreen
    waygreeninc@gmail.com
    www.waygreeninc.com

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Community Initiatives & Projects 

  • Harvest & Veggie of the Month: taste-tests at Waycross library + WayGreen Local Fare Market.
  • Ware Children’s Initiative: children’s learning garden at Ware County Head Start.
  • Southeast Georgia Glean Team: 4 partner organizations gleaning produce, 4,000+ lbs to-date.
  • Cooking Matters: culinary and nutrition education in partnership with Open Hand.
  • Biannual Conference: local conference for sustainable living.

Local Food Access Points

  • WayGreen Local Fare Market*, May-Nov, 1st Saturdays 9-12pm
  • WayGreen Online Co-op, biweekly pick-up on Thursdays 5-6pm

*accepts EBT/SNAP

Local Policies & Programs

  • City of Waycross zoning permits residents to raise back-yard fowl and rabbits/hares:
    A. Up to 25 fowl allowed if located 100 ft. from any occupied building.
    B. 26+ fowl allowed if located 1,000 ft. from any occupied building.
    C. 5 or more rabbits/hares if located 150 ft. from any occupied building.

Get Involved

Want to get involved with Georgia Food Oasis?

  • Support your local farmers market, food businesses, and farmers.
  • Become an advocate for healthy food change within your community by attending neighborhood planning meetings.
  • Grow your own food!
  • Participate and attend Georgia Food Oasis events and meet-ups.
  • Be a conscientious buyer.
  • Ask questions about where your food comes from.
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