The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
With the community’s financial support, the ALFI Orchard Project installs edible school gardens/community orchards that will feed, teach, and inspire. Since 2010, ALFI has planted 13 orchards providing direct access to local food while improving the quality of Atlanta’s landscape. These orchards are teaching orchards and connect thousands of students, teachers, and citizens to the local food movement. School teachers, community groups, and urban agriculture organizations are collaborating to insure the orchards receive the proper care and maintenance. These orchards directly support ALFI’s Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future.
Recipients are selected with the following criteria in mind:
- Sites have an existing garden that is currently producing and have dedicated teachers, caretakers, leaders. Sites have a track record of investment.
- Teachers and garden caretakers have attended or are enrolled in Farm to School trainings, urban agriculture workshops, or horticultural literacy classes.
- Sites have proven administrative, facility, and community support for orchards.
- Sites have adequate space requirements for orchards.
- Title 1 school designation
- Community site
- Wesley Academy K-8, Summer Hill
- Mays High, SW Atlanta
- North DeKalb Mall Community Garden
- Atlanta Fire Stations 10, 13, 25, 27 and 29
- Crim High School/APS Office of Nutrition, Kirkwood Neighborhood
- Lang Carson Park, Reynoldstown Neighborhood
- Outdoor Activity Center, Historic West End Neighborhood
- HABASHA Gardens, Mechanicville Neighborhood
- Crawford Long Middle School, South Atlanta
- Atlanta Charter Middle School, Ormewood Park Neighborhood
- Garden Hills Elementary School, Buckhead Neighborhood
- Drew Charter School, East Lake Neighborhood
- Burgess Peterson Academy, East Atlanta Neighborhood
- KIPP Strive Academy, Westview Neighborhood
- Grady High School, Midtown Neighborhood
ALFI has highlighted hardy low maintenance species perfect for the edible schoolyards. This document can guide fruit tree and berry bush selection for school and community orchards. Find the Full Recommendation Here