East Lake Learning Garden & Urban Farm

East Lake Learning Garden

and Urban Farm

EntranceDate Initiated: July 2010

Address: Corner of Hosea Williams and 2nd Avenue SE at 56 2nd Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30317

Site contact: Khari Diop, kdiop@sehort.org

Partners in the Field:ELF

What is the East Lake  Learning Garden & Urban Farm?

The East Lake CommunityLearning Garden was founded in 2010, sponsored by the East Lake Foundation in partnership with SHS.  Since then, the garden has grown to include a farm where produce is grown that is then either sold at the Farmers Market next door, sold to neighboring restaurants, or given to or harvested by neighborhood residents. The East Lake garden and farm has become a true “campus” where children, teens, young adults, families and the elderly come to receive horticultural education, spend time with neighbors, and learn about cultivating a healthy lifestyle.

Where is ELLGUF located?

The garden is located near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, across 2nd Avenue from the site of the seasonal East Lake Farmers Market.

How does the ELLGUF benefit the East Lake community?

The Learning Garden serves as a gathering place and community-building platform for residents of The Villages at East Lake and the broader East Lake neighborhood.  The Learning Garden fosters healthier eating and living habits, while building bridges among neighbors.

How can I get involved?

Volunteers are always welcome!  Please contact Khari Diop, Community Environmental Educator, at kdiop@sehort.org.  You can also visit ELLGUF on their website and Facebook.

Impact

•Provided over 1300 hrs of mobile gardening education & activities to local school aged children

•Created over 800hrs of volunteer & community service opportunities for hundreds of local residents

•Increased sevenfold in size, building over 150 raised beds at the garden, farm, & area schools, providing more than 7000 sq. ft. of new plant production space & over an acre of greenspace creation & enhancement

•Provided resources & education for more than 70 community gardeners to collectively grow more than 5000 lbs. of produce successfully

•Trained & employed more than 50 youth & adults in landscaping, horticulture, & urban agriculture as part of the GreenWorks & GRO programs

•Grown over 30 varieties of vegetables, fruits, & herbs commercially, providing local residents with more than 4000 lbs of organic produce through direct purchase, community supported agriculture, on-farm & at off-site farmers market sales

•Tested & demonstrated sustainable technologies like aquaponics, rainwater harvesting, solar power, & vermicomposting

•Showcased modern urban homesteading techniques of animal husbandry, fruit tree orchard production, & mushroom cultivation

•Established partnerships with local & regional organic agricultural, environmental, & community development organizations to enhance greenspace, build gardens, provide educational programming, & deliver fresh, organic produce, herbs, ornamental & vegetable plants to residents across the city

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