The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm is a 501 (c) (3) organization that is dedicated to providing agricultural training to those who are willing to learn. Our programs are designed to create future generations of urban farmers, provide incentives to motivate families to eat healthy and participate in an agricultural system that is environmentally friendly. We also want to empower communities to create grassroots’ food systems that eradicate food insecurity. Our current projects are:
Each year Metro Atlanta Urban Farm host two community festivals. The Festival is centered on an agricultural/environmental theme. The purpose of the Community Festivals is to address the need for affordable food in our community by engaging the residents of College Park, East Point, and surrounding areas in urban agriculture. The Festival activities provide education on planting, cultivating, and cooking fresh produce. The Festivals also focus on health by providing information and presentations on healthy eating, lifestyles, and various illnesses. In addition to educational workshops, the Festivals consist of a variety of vendors, foods, games, and musical entertainment. If you’re interested in volunteering, serving as a vendor, and or sponsoring this event please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432. To see the dates for our upcoming festivals, please visit the calendar page.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm Leadership Association:
Free monthly leadership training program for community gardeners throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The Leadership Training consists of gardening lessons, gardening education, community activism, and outreach to the homeless community. To see when our next upcoming meeting is, please visit the calendar page. If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Association please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Advisory Committee (CAC):
A voluntary committee that consist of the residents of College Park and East Point. The CAC’s primary purpose is to assist MAUF staff and partners to better identify food access needs and concerns and develop grass roots solutions. CAC also assists MAUF with organizing neighborhood meetings, and planning as well as hosting community engagement events. The overarching plan is to build a community controlled food related outreach and training center that will equip this food insecure area with the tools necessary to provide its residents with stable access to affordable healthy food. To see when our next upcoming meeting is, please visit the calendar page. If you would like to learn more about the Community Advisory Committee please email us at email@example.com.
Value-Added Production Classes:
We have USDA Certified Food Processors on staff. We offer classes that teach participants how to transition fresh produce from the farm into a value added product for purchase. Classes are only offered to groups. Groups must be a minimum of five people and a maximum of ten people. For more information about our value-added production classes, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
Healthy Food Preparation Classes:
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm offers nutrition classes that educate participants on various health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure; how to prepare locally grown fresh produce; and where to purchase and gain access to locally grown fresh produce. For more information about our healthy food preparation classes, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm conducts as well as partners with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to host/lead workshops that provide assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in applying for and understanding USDA programs and benefits. For more information about upcoming workshops, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
Hands on Gardening Lessons:
Gardening Lessons are offered to individuals and groups. Classes teach participants how to grow their own fresh vegetables on small tracks of land. For more information about our hands on gardening lessons , please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
The Farm offers field trips/tours to schools, groups, and organizations. Field trips are custom designed to meet the needs of all groups. Field Trips include an agricultural lesson, activity, and a tour of the farm. If you would like to schedule a field trip, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
The community garden is 3 quarters of an acre of land with 30 plots that sits adjacent to the farm. Plots are available for rental to individuals and organizations in our community. If you would like to purchase a plot or learn more about plot rentals, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
Special Event Property Rental:
We provide rental of the Farm inside and out to organizations , groups, and families for special events such as corporate events, family reunions, baby showers, parties, and more. If you’re interested in renting the property, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
The farm staff at Metro Atlanta Urban Farm installs gardens and prepares land for farming at churches, schools, organizations, and homes. If you would like to learn more about this service we provide, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm donates fresh produce and fruits to local homeless shelters. We also partner with organizations and restaurants for frequent produce delivery. If you would like to learn more about these services we provide, please contact Cathy Walker at 404.788.2432.
During the growing season, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm participates in weekly farmers markets with the Georgia WIC Nutritional Program, local cities, and host our own farmers market at the farm (Monday-Friday 9-5pm).