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Atlanta Has Created the Largest Free Food Forest in the Country

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Atlanta Has Created the Largest Free Food Forest in the Country

Photo caption: The city of Atlanta’s free food forest joins more than 70 others that have been planted across the US. Photography courtesy of Shannon Lee, the Conservation Fund. Article by Lindsay Campbell. Modern Farmer – February 27, 2021.

It’s one piece of the city’s plan to snuff out food deserts.

The city of Atlanta is growing a solution to address its food deserts.

On seven acres of what was formerly a pecan farm in its Browns Mill  neighborhood, the city has transformed the land into what is believed to be the country’s largest free food forest.

In the edible space, 2,500 pesticide-free plants and mushrooms are growing, providing fruits, vegetables and nuts for the underserved Browns Mill area. In the southeast neighborhood, one in three residents is reported to live in poverty, with the nearest grocery store being a 30-minute bus ride away. Throughout the city, an estimated one in four Atlantans lives in a food desert.  […]

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