Take a trip inside Atlanta’s Food Forest — without leaving your home

Atlanta’s Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill is normally buzzing with activity. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods volunteer to tend to the crops grown on the land, which sits in the middle of a food desert

The 7-acre food forest in southeast Atlanta is maintained by Trees Atlanta. But as the coronavirus outbreak spread in Atlanta this spring, the team of volunteers dwindled to just a few people.

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“When the pandemic started, there was really nothing out here. So things are just starting to come in,” Rose Mary Griffin, the forest’s assistant community garden manager told the AJC in April. 

Fast forward a few months and the Food Forest’s ranger Mike McCord will show the community around the grounds. But don’t worry about trekking to the property — the tour will be held virtually. 

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, McCord will lead the virtual tour to allow people to “explore the site together and explain the various elements of the park, including but not limited to: Community Garden, Orchard, High-Tunnel, and Stream Restoration,” according to a Facebook event post.

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The tour will go over identifying plants, design of the site, techniques for food production and managing a public park.

Throughout the tour of the site, which is meant to teach folks how to manage their own gardens, attendees are encouraged to submit questions and comment about how the Food Forest operates. 

More information on attending the event can be found here

DETAILS

9-10 a.m., July 11

Virtual event

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