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USDA Awards Atlanta Region’s First City Agriculture Plan

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Grant will boost urban agriculture plan for the City of East Point piloted by Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance in partnership with Atlanta Regional Commission

Value Walk
Oct 15, 2020


Atlanta, GA, October 15, 2020 — Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance (FWA) announced it is one of 23 organizations across the nation – and the only organization in Georgia – receiving a brand-new grant awarded by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The new Regional Food System Partnerships grant program joins the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion grant programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. The $250,000 grant awarded to FWA will advance implementation of the Atlanta region’s first-ever City Agriculture Plan being piloted in the City of East Point and guided by FWA and city planning experts from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).

In 2019, FWA and ARC embarked on a collaborative project to engage local governments in city urban agriculture planning. While ARC has been an expert regional planner for decades, the project marks the first dedicated program for urban agriculture planning into ARC’s planning initiatives. FWA and ARC selected the City of East Point to launch the plan with a goal of illustrating how cities can prioritize urban agriculture in metro Atlanta.

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