WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance that will turn a 7.1-acre vacant lot into an Urban Food Forest.
- This will include features like community gardens, edible plants, and walking trails that will all be open and free to the public to use.
- This is part of the city’s goal to make fresh food more accessible to people.
Fresh food is a commodity that can be difficult, even costly, for many people to have access to today. One city just recently approved an ordinance that will help remedy that issue.
Atlanta will be buying a 7.1-acre piece of vacant land from The Conservation Fund to turn it into a public park and food forest. The measure received a unanimous vote from the Atlanta City Council on Monday. The result will be the city’s first food forest, and according to the legislation, the largest of its kind in the country. To top it all off, it will be open to the public completely free of charge.
It’s great progress toward achieving the city’s goal according to the ordinance to “strengthen local food economy to ensure 85 percent of the city residents are within one-half mile of fresh food access by 2021.”
The ordinance also states that The Urban Food Forest will include walking trails, community garden beds, edible plants (trees, shrubs, and vines), and other features. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that The Conservation Fund, an environmental agency, bought the land back in 2016 after the property was left abandoned due to a failed business development.
Oversight of the property will be placed under the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation. Maintaining the Urban Food Forest will be a challenge and responsibility that will be undertaken by Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit that focuses on improving the urban forests in Atlanta.
Source: The HILL