Building a Better Food System for Metro Atlanta
The Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) is a diverse coalition of stakeholders who are working to build a more sustainable food system for metro Atlanta. The stakeholder group includes communities, nonprofits, universities, government agencies, individuals and corporations. ALFI envisions a transformed food system in which every metro Atlanta resident has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food produced by a thriving network of sustainable farms and gardens.
ALFI Vision and Mission
ALFI envisions a transformed food system in which every metro Atlanta resident has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food produced by a thriving network of sustainable farms and gardens. ALFI’s mission is to build a local food system that enhances human health, promotes environmental renewal, fosters local economies and links rural and urban communities.
Core ALFI Activities
ALFI’s work includes coalition building, strategic planning and assessment, and policy development to support:
- The ALFI Plan
- ALFI Fruit Tree Sale
ALFI’s annual Fruit Tree Sale offers over 50 varieties of fruit trees, vines and berry bushes for planting in Georgia’s gardens and farms. The sale raises funds for the ALFI Orchard Project.
- ALFI Orchard Project
The ALFI Orchard Project plants edible school gardens and community orchards that feed, teach and inspire. Since 2010, hundreds of trees, bushes and vines have been planted in 45 orchards, providing direct access to local food and improving the region’s landscape. Schools, community groups and urban agriculture organizations collaborate to ensure the orchards receive the proper care and maintenance they need to thrive.
- Mapping Gardens, Farms and Orchards in the Atlanta Region
ARC aggregates garden and farm site data in the 10 county region using information provided by the regional food community, which includes ALFI, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Captain Planet Foundation, Food Well Alliance, Georgia Organics, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, and the University of Georgia. The resulting map shows where small to medium scale growing is taking place in the region.
- Go Grow Atlanta
The city of Atlanta updated its zoning code in June 2014 to support the growth of urban farms and community gardens, positioning Atlanta to be a national leader in urban agriculture. The zoning ordinance is a first step toward enabling community gardens and farms to thrive throughout the city. Go Grow Atlanta supports continuing efforts to ensure the future success of Atlanta’s urban food system.