Did You Know The Atlanta BeltLine Has A Farm?

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Like us on Facebook“A ripe melon will say ‘punk.’ An unripe melon will say ‘pink’ or ‘pank,’” Ness flicks the smallish watermelon and cocks her head, listening. “So it’s kind of like a ‘penk,’” she said laughing. “It’s not quite like a ‘punk’ yet.” Aluma Farm is the first farm on the Atlanta BeltLine. Ness and her business partner, Andy Friedberg, started to farm on the property last spring after they won a bid to lease the land from the BeltLine. Related Stories Ness said at first the property reminded her of an abandoned, gravel parking lot.“Like pretty barren,” Ness said. “Like just like scrubby, bushy weeds. Like it took us a really long time to get like grass to grow.”A year and a half later, the farm is lush and bountiful. It even has a greenhouse.This transformation was the original intent for the property, says Fred Yalouris, the BeltLine’s director of design. Share “We were looking for a way to clean up the site,” Yalouris said. “It was unbelievable amounts of trash. There was a buried oil tank. So taking the approach of turning it into an urban farm was a good, you know, use of the land.”He said the BeltLine would like to build more farms along the trail, but there are no concrete plans yet.Meanwhile, Aluma Farm got a small boost. Last Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved a grant for solar panels. Construction on a shed to refrigerate and store the farm’s harvest will break ground shortly. The solar panels will completely power the shed, making it an off-the-grid building. Ness said she looks forward to having the shed, as she carts many of the vegetables to her home in Adair Park to be stored until they can be sold. center_img Add to My List In My List The farm supports itself by selling veggies once a week. But Ness said they also sell to a lot of Atlanta restaurants, like Barcelona in Inman Park and Argosy in East Atlanta. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Andrea Ness walks the nearly 4-acre farm. It butts up to the Westside Trail in Adair Park, separated by a chain link fence and a small gully. Walking between rows, Ness points out okra, corn, watermelon. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img

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