East Lake Community Learning Garden
Address: Corner of Hosea Williams and 2nd Avenue SE at 56 2nd Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30317
Site contact: Khari Diop, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the East Lake Community Learning Garden?
The East Lake Community Learning 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 ELCLG 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.
How does the ELCLG 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?
•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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