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Atlanta’s Urban Food Forest Supports Community from the Ground Up

We would like to dedicate this story to Doug Hardeman, community gardener manager at the Urban Food Forest at Brownsmill.”

The Conservation Fund works on behalf of city and county partners to purchase land for parks, greenspaces, and trails that will be permanently protected for public use and environmental sustainability. We have protected greenspace as a foundational component of bettering the quality of life for every Atlantan and provided grant funding to support equitable development of parks in partnership with non-profits and community members. Some of our largest acquisitions include the Lake Charlotte Nature Preserve and Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill.   

To underscore the importance of greenspace acquisitions in partnership with The City of Atlanta, we would like to share this highlight piece from the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill. We spoke with Celeste Lomax, Food Forest Steward and owner of Celestial Care Solutions, about why this greenspace is so important, what it means to provide fresh produce and holistic care for her community and what other urban conservation organizations can learn from her success. If stories like this inspire you, we hope that you will join us on Wednesday, September 8 from 6-8pm at the 2021 Mayoral Forum on Greenspace, moderated by Jocelyn Dorsey.  

Read more about our impact at the food forest here 

Mayoral Forum on Greenspace registration can be found here: bit.ly/greenmayorforum 


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