Growing Naturally in the Neighborhood

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.

How We Do It

Aluma Farm

Atlanta BeltLine’s First Urban Farm

Run by Andy Friedberg and Andrea Ness, Aluma Farm operates independently offering the freshest, healthiest, and most nutrient dense produce we can grow. The farm serves to build awareness and community around farming and provide educational nutritional programming.

“The land we steward might have been just another 3.4 acres of typical development along prime Beltline property. However, the Beltline had the foresight to instead set aside an urban farm plot which has become a prime community asset! Aluma farm is a productive and beautiful green space, employing five full time positions.” – Andrea Ness, Alumna Farm Founder

Visit the Alumna Farm website to learn more.

Location

Located directly on the Westside Trail between Allene Avenue and University Avenue near Adair Park, Aluma Farm helps supply fresh produce to neighborhoods with limited options for groceries.

1150 Allene Ave SW
Where the BeltLine crosses Allene Ave
Atlanta, GA 30310

Farmstands

All the produce, fruit, and flowers sold at the farmstand are grown organically at Aluma Farm. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are ever used in our production, and we always work to improve the health of our soil to grow the highest quality plants possible!

Highlights

The 3.8 acre site on which the farm sits was once home to two industrial manufacturing facilities. Using compost, cover crops, and community engagement, Andy and Andrea have converted the site from an empty, barren lot into a lush, green farm. The drainage system at the farm addresses stormwater runoff.

A Sustainable Focus

In 2017, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) granted the City of Atlanta a $50,000 rebate on solar panels for a Aluma Farm’s shed, which will be used in farm operations. The panels will generate 2.8 kilowatts of solar energy using photovoltaic technology, allowing Aluma Farm to operate “off-grid.”