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Creating a More Equitable and Resilient Food System in Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Love is Love Cooperative Farm 

By Shannon Lee 

One year ago, in January 2021, The Conservation Fund launched the Working Farms Fund, a new program piloted in metro-Atlanta. This innovative program is conserving high value farmland under threat of development and urban sprawl, while also supporting diverse, next-generation farmers, and growing a more healthy and sustainable local food system. After one year, we have made significant progress, including: 

  • 4 farms acquired 
  • 355 acres of farmland secured 
  • 25 farmers accessing land and growing healthy food for local markets 

And while we will continue to conserve farms around metro-Atlanta, we are also expanding the program to Chicago beginning in 2022!  We invite you to read our 2021 Year In Review to learn more about our first year successes and future plans.  

You can also visit our website to learn more about The Conservation Fund’s Working Farms Fund program: 


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