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The Urban Agriculture Site at Adair Park
In 2011, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the City of Atlanta acquired acreage adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine right of way in the Adair Park neighborhood. This site represents a great opportunity to transform a formerly contaminated site plagued by erosion and depleted soil into a model urban farm using sustainable landcare methods.
Urban Farm Program
Two farmers were hired in 2015 to manage this first urban agriculture site on the Atlanta BeltLine. Together, they will focus on the site’s potential as a resource for the community and for users of the Atlanta BeltLine. With the ultimate goal of building a market garden, the farmers intend to use sustainable methods to grow the most healthiest, nutrient-rich produce so they can provide the best quality food to the community.
Construction on this site began in early 2014, but before shovels could hit the ground, a lot of prep-work had to be done. The site’s former use as a bus repair facility meant that much remediation needed to take place before the soil was suitable for growing. Along with demolishing the existing buildings, concrete, asphalt and underground storage tanks, the soil had to be tested and remediated, and grading work and a cover crop were established. As construction progressed, rain gardens, bio swales, and infiltration zones were built to create a drainage system that will permanently address stormwater runoff and reduce the burden on sewers and streams.
Now, the Urban Farm stands as a model for other potential agriculture sites on the Atlanta BeltLine. The farm is already producing greens and storage crops.
The Urban Farm at the Westside Trail now officially has two farmers: Andy Friedberg and Andrea Ness have partnered to run the Atlanta BeltLine’s first agriculture site, located near the border between the Oakland City and Adair Park neighborhoods.
Learn more about the farmers in this blog post.