AN ORGANIC ROOFTOP GARDEN IS FEEDING AN ENTIRE SHELTER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE

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An organic garden in Atlanta is attracting a lot of attention, mainly due to the fact that it is feeding homeless people while letting them practice an exercise routine. This rooftop garden was started by Metro Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless. This taskforce works to solve problems by offering long-term solution instead of offering a temporary solution.

“The idea is to produce enough to feed the residents something green and healthy daily,” said Carl Hartrampf, a board member who manages several garden operations.

The people living in the shelter can participate to grow the food and receive fresh food from the garden as a return. With a motivational start from the residents of the shelter, the garden produced 55 points of vegetables at the first harvest. The garden also produces some fruits in addition to vegetables. 

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Since 2009, we have gradually developed an organic roof top garden for our residents to learn about urban food production, sustainable technologies and to have the experience of producing food for Our Community.

Our project currently includes 80 single raised beds and has already raised small crops of: lettuces, collards, kale, chard, carrots, radishes, squash, watermelon, zucchini, peppers, tomato, etc. In addition, we have made the garden sustainable by adding the beehive for pollination and honey. We are also harvesting rainwater to irrigate the crops!

Partnership with Truly Living Well, the groundbreaking urban farming center and training facility has brought organic food production and neighborhood farmers’ markets to neighborhoods throughout metro Atlanta. Truly Living Well and other local “green” efforts have emphasized involving everyone in our communities in local food production and marketing that food to neighbors, the public, and to local restaurants.

As Resident Volunteers participate in the Truly Living Well Urban Growers farming training, they are offered opportunities in new technologies that are not currently available to poor and homeless people. A specially funded program to prepare them for entrepreneurial farming and marketing also certifies them, at the completion of the 6-month internship, to develop and train others at Our Community at Peachtree-Pine.

Read full story at Atlanta Taskforce For Homeless

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