The Urban Farm in southwest Atlanta is moving forward, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is now seeking proposals from farmers to take charge of managing the farm. The farm, as part of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Urban Agriculture Program, is a production farm being built with the goal of helping to facilitate nutritional education in neighborhoods considered to be food deserts. Located on the Westside Trail near Allene Avenue, the farm sits directly between several neighborhoods, including Adair Park, Oakland City, and Capitol View.
The 4-acre site was once home to a pallet assembly facility and a bus repair facility, but with the help of major funding from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the site was cleaned and prepared to eventually host a variety of species of fruits, vegetables, trees, grasses, bushes and edible berries. A grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded the stormwater system. The farm will help provide connections to fresh produce for the surrounding community, as some of the produce will be available for sale to the neighborhoods.
As this site will serve as a model for other Urban Agriculture sites around the Atlanta BeltLine, the proposals should demonstrate the depth of experience and creativity of the potential farmers’ approach to achieving the Atlanta BeltLine’s goals for the Urban Farm.