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City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

Post Date:06/17/2016 2:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Press Information Officer
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2016

News Release

City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta today announced that it received a $40,000 grant from The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors through the GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program. The funding will facilitate the expansion of three successful urban agriculture programs across Atlanta, including Covenant House Georgia’s urban garden, the Atlanta Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict community gardens. The announcement was made today at the GRO1000 Atlanta kickoff event at Covenant House Georgia.

“I am pleased to partner with The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors to support the new Atlanta Urban Agriculture Expansion Project,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “After launching our urban agriculture program last year, my administration has already made tremendous progress in supporting projects to help broad access to local, fresh food citywide. Urban agriculture supports healthy communities and positions Atlanta as a leading sustainable city.”

The GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program promotes and recognizes mayoral leadership in the development of greenscapes across the nation and will fund the Atlanta Urban Agriculture Expansion Project, led by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

“We are proud of this new program. The Atlanta Urban Agriculture Expansion Project will revitalize an underutilized greenhouse at Covenant House Georgia to maximize its growing capacity and provide additional crops to the Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict Community Gardens,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “As part of the project, at-risk teens served by Covenant House Georgia will learn job skills and have the opportunity for healthy outdoor activity.”

“We’re honored to work with the City of Atlanta on this transformational project,” said Tom Crabtree, Vice President of ScottsMiracle-Gro. “Our hope is that the lives of Atlanta residents would be greatly improved through the expansion of these urban agricultural projects across the city.”

GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary. To date, nearly 800 community projects have received GRO1000 funding. For more information, visit www.GRO1000.com.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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