Pilot Community Selected for Atlanta City Agriculture Plan
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Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance announced that the City of East Point has been selected to pilot Atlanta’s new City Agriculture Plan. The plan will bring growers, community leaders, and city officials together, guided by the planning expertise of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), to develop city-wide plans that prioritize urban agriculture. The plan will begin in East Point with a community engagement and asset mapping phase led by Food Well Alliance, followed by a six-month planning process undertaken with support from ARC. Once the plan is developed, Food Well Alliance will guide the implementation of the plan and provide a minimum of $75,000 in funding to help the community bring it to life. Six other metro Atlanta cities that rallied to pilot the program will receive funding support to catalyze their own urban agriculture initiatives: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Hapeville, Lawrenceville, Lovejoy, and Pine Lake. The Community Engagement phase of the City Agriculture Plan begins with a kick-off session hosted by Food Well Alliance and the City of East Point on August 22, 2019.