After a thorough exploration process with seven metro cities earlier this year, Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance announced it has selected the City of East Point to pilot metro Atlanta’s first City Agriculture Plan. The plan could be a game changer for urban agriculture as it brings growers, community leaders, and city officials together – guided by planning experts at the Atlanta Regional Commission – to develop city-wide plans that prioritize urban agriculture.
"We are truly humbled and honored by being selected to create and implement the first City Agriculture Plan in the region," said City of East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham. "This amazing partnership with Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission will be impactful and transform our City."
The plan will begin with a community engagement and asset mapping phase led by Food Well Alliance, followed by a six-month planning process with ARC. Once the plan is developed, Food Well Alliance will guide implementation and provide a minimum of $75,000 in funding to help bring it to life. Funding for the pilot has been made possible by The Zeist Foundation and the James M. Cox Foundation.
"We are thrilled the City of East Point will be joining us in this exciting new endeavor," said Food Well Alliance Executive Director Kim Karris. "We believe East Point is uniquely poised to take bold steps and become a national model for urban agriculture."
The Community Engagement phase of the City Agriculture Plan began with a kick-off session hosted by Food Well Alliance and the City of East Point at ArtsXchange. Learn more and register at FoodWellAlliance.org.