This Rooftop Garden Is Feeding Atlanta’s Homeless

Posted on Nov 23 2015 - 5:47pm by UOG

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It’s no surprise that rooftop farms have the potential to impact a local community.  The amount of food that can be grown on the top of a building is quite surpirsing.  In fact, recently wrote an article about how a rooftop garden in Atlanta is directly benefiting its local homeless population. wrote,  “Most residents of Atlanta are familiar with the city’s largest homeless shelter, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Situated along the border of the affluent downtown and midtown business districts, the shelter has a controversial and beleaguered reputation, as well as a troublesome relationship with the city. While local politics is rife with talk of gentrification and displacement, the rooftop of the shelter has quietly blossomed into an oasis of organic food and practical life experience for its residents.”


Source/“ also goes on to say that, “with 95,000 square feet, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless is the largest shelter space in the southeastern United States. The garden of 80 colorfully painted raised beds atop the four-story concrete building at the corner of Peachtree and Pine streets provides rich work experience (including urban farming certification and licensing), therapy, and fresh, healthy food for the more than 400 men, women, and children who reside there. These beds, built and maintained by residents, have already raised what reads like a Whole Foods shopping list: small crops of organic tender lettuces, collard greens, kale, chard, carrots, strawberries, radishes, squash, watermelon, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and more.”



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  1. Jacob Ricks November 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm -

    For me, gardening feeds my spirit as well as my stomach. I love this and hope those down on their luck find benefit from it.

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