A sustainable food system supports farming and harvesting techniques that do not negatively impact the land used to grow crops or the humans and animals that live there. This provides food sources that are nutritional and affordable. Growing fresh fruits and vegetables at home or locally supports the local economy and provides fresh, nutritious foods to the community.
Community Garden Support
School Garden Network
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) has partnered with other Athens organizations to create the School Garden Network, which exists to create and maintain gardens at every Athens-Clarke County school. This initiative creates outdoor classroom experiences and aids in food education for students and their families.
Visit the UGA Extension school garden page for more information on how to start your own school garden.
Local farmers markets provide an agricultural and educational connection between local farms and business owners. Purchasing local products supports small businesses, reduces fossil fuel use in transporting items, and builds community.
Visit the web pages for Athens Farmers Market and West Broad Farmers Market for more details about Athens farmers markets.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are farming systems in which the producer is directly connected to the consumer. Individuals or families subscribe to a local farm and receive a share of the farm's crops weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the season and subscription program. This helps provide fresh, local food sources and build community between farmers and consumers. Further, CSA farms encourage seasonal eating habits, which is more affordable and more readily available.
Find a CSA farm near you.