ENGLISH AVENUE URBAN FARM
The English Avenue Urban Farm is our first (and smaller) urban farm, located at the corner of North Avenue and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.
By virtue of a grant from the Peachtree Garden Club, Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, and land provided by the Lindsay Street Baptist Church, FEA partnered with the Southeastern Horticultural Society to establish the first Urban Farm in English Avenue in 2012.
In 2015, the Urban Farm produced 2,300 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables, 1,800 pounds in 2014, 1,700 pounds in 2013, and 1,048 in 2012! 100% of produce goes directly to English Avenue residents, twice a month, through the English Avenue Food Co-Op Ministry, a Christian ministry run through the Lindsay Street Baptist Church. This improved access to healthy produce is critically important to residents living in a federally designated food desert.
Along with providing much needed nutritional value, the urban farm beautifies the community by replacing vacant, blighted lots with lush growing space, reduces crime in surrounding areas, empowers community residents through ongoing employment and learning opportunities, and creates a healthy gathering place to strengthen community bonds. Pockets of illegal behavior and crime have diminished in the streets surrounding the urban farm.
Goals for the Urban Farm:
- ENHANCE the environment by replacing blighted lots with urban agriculture.
- EASY ACCESS to fresh produce to improve food security to residents living in a food desert without access to healthy, affordable food choices.
- EMPOWER residents through ongoing employment and learning opportunities that gives them the skills and support to grow organic produce for their own neighbors. EA residents are in charge of maintaining and tending the garden, which empowers them to be a part of the positive change in their community.
Fresh produce for English Avenue Families
100% of produce goes directly to English Avenue residents, twice a month, through the English Avenue Food Co-Op Ministry. The objective of this co-op is to ensure food security to its participants, with a philosophy centered around family involvement and community integration.
The English Avenue Co-Op consists of 25 families, 37 of which are kids, 14 senior citizens, and 46 adults (97 members total.) All Co-Op members meet the federal poverty guidelines and reside in English Avenue.
Through the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market, an 8-week nutrition education class was available for members following each Co-Op meeting during July and August of 2012. In January 2013, Co-Op members with children participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. This 6-week course has been helping families on a limited budget learn to feed their children healthier meals and snacks for more than 40 years.
According to the USDA, “Food deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. These communities are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.”
Value of Green-Space
A recent study showed that children living in neighborhoods with more green space gained 13% less weight over a two-year period than children living amid more concrete and few trees. Studies also show that over a three-decard period, vandalism decreases noticeably in communities, neighborhoods, and housing projects where green projects are promoted. Green space has been linked to longer life for seniors, faster recovery from injury, lower body weight, and less stress.
See the farm in action
Here’s a look at the farm in July, 2012.
- March 2012: Spring Volunteer Event
- May 2012: Spring Plants!
- June 2012: Visit by Home Depot’s Gardenieres
- Aug 2012: Garden progress
- June 2013: Short clip of Spring veggies
- October 2013: Short video clip of Fall crops
- June 2014: Video Jun 11, 2 17 03 PM
- December 2015: