Homeless Shelter in Atlanta plants massive, organic, rooftop garden
We are tipping our hats to you, Metro Atlanta Task Force! The organization, which services homeless and formerly homeless people in its sustainable facility, offers a number of programs to its clients including a gardening initiative. This shelter, located in downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree and Pine Streets, is home to an enormous rooftop garden, one that the residents planted themselves. They are responsible for 80 separate garden beds that produce carrots, kale, squash, and many, many, more vegetables!
Initially, in 2009, the rooftop garden, served as a means to teach the homeless about urban food production and sustainable technologies. It was also a fantastic and healthy way to feed fellow residents.
The first harvest from the garden this spring produced 55 pounds of produce! A full meal is available there each using freshly picked produce from the garden.
“Everything we do here involves residents. They get job training and every job is preparation for a job outside,” says Anita Beaty, Executive Director of Metro Atlanta Task Force.
Next up for the shelter, they plan to double the size of their garden and have plans to build a kitchen where they can cook all the food they are producing.
"The idea is to produce enough to feed the residents something green and healthy daily," Carl Hartrampf, a board member who manages the garden, told Vice.