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Brief Published: 1 Jul 2019

Atlanta’s Seven-Acre Edible Food Forest

The Conservation Fund

In the US, 6.2% of the population currently live in food deserts, with little or no access to fresh fruit and vegetables (USDA, 2018). Tackling this problem head-on, Atlanta is building the country's biggest edible forest, where local residents can pick and grow their own food.

Built by US non-profit The Conservation Fund and a collective of local charities, the seven-acre forest will include walking trails with more than 100 fruit and nut trees providing figs, apple, nectarines and plums. People will also have access to planter boxes to grow fresh produce such as squash and tomatoes at home.

The area served by the development is a food desert where a third of the population lives below the poverty line. While supporting these residents, the project will also help the city to reach its goal of ensuring that 86% of its population live within half a mile of a fresh food source by 2021.

This exciting project serves as a blueprint for how urban areas can support themselves as climate change destabilises global food supply chains. Read The Post-Vegan Opportunity for more.

Read Nourishing New Neighbourhoods and Culinary Education for more on how to help communities thrive through food-based initiatives.