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Urban Farm

Welcome to the Atlanta BeltLine's First Urban Farm!

Aluma Farm at Adair Park is the Atlanta BeltLine's first agriculture site around the 22-mile corridor. The farm is privately operated, and produce is sold locally. The site serves as the Atlanta BeltLine's pilot for an urban agriculture program that could serve as a model for other potential sites around the corridor.

Growing the Neighborhood

As the Westside Trail construction continues, options for inexpensive, locally-grown produce remain rare in southwest Atlanta. Located directly on the Westside Trail between Allene Avenue and University Avenue, Aluma Farm can help to supply fresh produce to neighborhoods with limited options for groceries. The farm also exists with the ultimate goal of running educational nutritional programming for the area and becoming a source for neighborhood engagement.

The farm sells produce seasonally on site and at Ponce City Market. Check back to the Aluma Farm website throughout the year for details.Gallery

Reclaiming the Land

The site on which the farm sits was once home to two industrial manufacturing facilities. Abandoned and with no interim use, the existing buildings were demolished and underground storage tanks were removed. The site was in need of extensive remediation in order to clean the soil and bring it to a condition suitable for growing. With the site prepared, rain gardens, bio swales, and drainage systems were built, and a cover crop was established to begin to nurture the once infertile ground.

A Team Effort

Atlanta BeltLine projects and programs can only happen with the help of partners and supporters at all levels, and this urban farm was no exception. Remediation and construction of the site was funded by Southern Company Five Star program through their National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership. On Earth Day in 2012, volunteers came out to help remove invasive plants, litter, and building debris from the site to clear the way for the urban farm. The farm couldn’t have become a reality without the support of the Adair Park, Capitol View, and Oakland City neighborhoods.


Aluma Farm in the news

The popularity of urban farming is growing across the country. In Atlanta, there’s an urban farm that’s already building a foundation for the future. Ray D’Alessio recently visited the Urban Farm at the Westside Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine, and he has this story.

Watch the Georgia Farm Bureau’s network story on the Urban Farm in Adair Park.

Urban Agriculture

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Aluma Farm at Adair Park is the first of what could be many Atlanta BeltLine urban agriculture sites.

Meet the crew

In 2015, two farmers were hired to manage the urban farm at Adair Park. Andy Friedberg and Andrea Ness now run the operations as Aluma Farm, growing produce to sell on site and at local farmer's markets in Atlanta. Learn more about the team behind the farm here.

Highlights
  • The drainage system at the farm addresses stormwater runoff.
  • The Urban Farm was once a contaminated site plagued by erosion and depleted soil. The land has since been remediated, and a cover crop established
  • 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.
CONTACT US

For more information, please contact:

Meghan Injaychock
Landscape Architect,
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

minjaychock@atlbeltline.org