By using urban agriculture as a bridge to connect our diverse communities, we are able to learn and grow together while forging meaningful relationships and feed communities. Our mission is to create vibrant and participatory food systems that ensure equitable access to healthy food for all families.
Our Urban Farms
Combined, our three partner farms grow approximately 5,000 lbs of high quality produce each year. Next year, we are positioned to produce even more as Paideia relocates its urban farm to a larger plot of land in south Atlanta. The new farm will be closer to THES and the women’s center, which will allow the alliance to better support each other.
Thomasville Heights Elementary School
At THES, all grades have access to the farm to explore the natural world and for hands-on lessons, and 3rd and 4th graders use the garden as a quarterly project-based learning project on change-making, food insecurity and how to feed the community.
The Paideia School Farm
Through urban agriculture, students, teachers, and parents learn about the synergistic relationships between growing crops, eating, raising animals, reusing waste, and the related nutritional and environmental benefits.
Metro Atlanta Transitional Center
This center, which assists residents completing felony sentences, now has its own urban farm to help equip women with skills to help them reintegrate into employment and community life.
Pounds of Food this Year
“Without these shared urban farms at our schools, students may not have the opportunity to meet other students and families from different communities. We may not learn how much we have to offer each other, and how much we can gain from friendships with those outside our regular circles and neighborhoods. Now, students see that we’re all in this together.”
Purpose Built Schools
"The south Atlanta community served by Purpose Built Schools has experienced food apartheid, or food insecurity, for decades. A household is food insecure when they are unsure about where their next meal is coming from due to a lack of resources—money, a place to buy food or transportation to get there."
Purpose Built Schools
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A Special Thanks to Our Partners
Growing Justice is a partner of GGA and helps to facilitate garden-based education and training for justice-involved persons in reentry programs and prisons in the Atlanta area. We facilitate healing and transformation for people, communities and the planet through regenerative farming practices and health education.