“Securing this grant for the Urban Farm will create a healthier food source for many of our citizens.”
Nov 5, 2016
One notable aspect of the farm is that it specializes in growing year-round, and includes varieties of fruits and vegetables not typically grown in metro Atlanta’s climate. The farm recently installed solar panels, and collects water from underground springs for hydration.
Wilson says his vision and responsibility are simple. “Self- sufficiency, self-sustainability and every effort to protect the environment,” he added. “We don’t want anything to leave the farm, so we’ll compost, reuse water, collect solar energy and more.”
The farm provides training opportunities for locals, along with specially outlined parcels designated for anyone interested in chemical-free agriculture. “Viable businesses like the Urban Farm not only do well for the City’s ecosystem, but also for the community at large,” said College Park’s Main Street Manager Jessica Mitchell. “The Urban Farm is a testament to the opportunity and business support provided on Main Street.”
By securing the Capacity Grant, the City of College Park aims to improve healthy food access, which may result in a reduction in obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer among local residents. “Great partnerships create great things,” added Longino.