Go Grow Atlanta

The City of Atlanta updated its zoning code in June 2014 to support the growth of urban farms and community gardens as a dynamic asset to our community. By enacting an urban agriculture zoning ordinance:

  • Urban agriculture operations can apply for small business loans;
  • Urban farmers can apply for a business license;
  • Farmers and community gardeners can enter into legal land lease agreements;
  • And, most importantly, it’s a permissive use of land, protecting it from public challenge.


ALFI was created in 2005 out of a collective need for and commitment to a transformed Atlanta food system, in which every citizen, regardless of socio-economic status will have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food grown by a thriving regional network of sustainable farms and gardens.

Annual highlights:


The City of Atlanta hires its first Urban Agriculture Director in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.


The City of Atlanta adopted the Urban Agriculture zoning ordinance as an amendment to the city’s 1982 zoning code. 


The Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance was introduced by Atlanta City Councilmember Aaron Watson. Beginning in December 2013, the ordinance has been reviewed by Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units, which is an opportunity for the community to provide input before City Council votes on the ordinance


Conducted the ALFI Inventory to assess the status of the local food system and document efforts made toward the 8 goals described in the the ALFI Plan.

Hosted the second ALFI Summit in November 2012, bringing together 150 stakeholders to document progress on ALFI’s Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future and provide opportunities to develop new collaborations and strengthen established relationships to promote a thriving local food system for metro Atlanta.


Worked with numerous community groups and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to add farmer’s markets as an approved use to the zoning code.


Mayor of Atlanta announced a goal of 75% of Atlanta residents having access to fresh, local food within 10 minutes of their home by 2020. 


Hosted Atlanta’s first ever-local food summit with over 150 in attendance in order to foster partnership and transparency between ongoing and new projects and also between the local food community at large.


Published A Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future, also known as the ALFI Plan, which was endorsed by 91 organizations throughout metro-Atlanta.


Assisted in developing Georgia’s first Senior WIC program in collaboration with the State of Georgia Department of Human Services resulting in five pilot farmers’ market sites across the state.

Arranged for a GSU marketing class to develop and carry out a survey of customers attending two farmers markets, one located in the upscale Morningside neighborhood and another in a middle to low income neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta.


Formation of ALFI’s Steering Committee comprised of 40 agencies and organizations, which conducts bimonthly meetings to exchange information, ideas and resources.

Produced a pamphlet promoting local food issues, including issues of farmers markets and community gardens, that was distributed to the 20,000 members of the National Association of Health Officers

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