City of Atlanta Creating Largest Public Food Forest

As a means of ending hunger and providing healthy food to all its citizens, the city of Atlanta is creating the largest public food forest in the United States.

According to a new piece of legislation that was passed last week, the food park will be located on 7 acres of vacant forested land near Lakewood Heights.

The ordinance states that the city plans to “transform these formerly vacant properties into a public park with edible trees, shrubs, vines and groundcover” with “public gathering spaces, walking trails, community garden beds and a restored forest and stream-side areas.”

Completion of the Urban Food Forest will pave the way towards the city’s goal of ensuring that 85% of their population will be within a half-mile of fresh food by 2021.

The abandoned plot of land was originally purchased in 2016 by the Conservation Fund, a nonprofit dedicating to buying and preserving natural land across the US. According to the city ordinance, the charity will continue to work with the parks and recreation department to maintain the public space.