Recently I presented to a group of educators from public and private schools, the Fernbank Science Center, the National Wildlife Federation, and other organizations in a back field where a middle school class had grown an 80′ row of fruits and vegetables this past school year. A week or two later, I met with a mom-on-fire who is starting a middle school garden in a nearby city and showed her three different gardens that demonstrated a wide variety of solutions. I love to share, with the hopes that I can help others be successful faster and together we can make a bigger impact.
Once a project really sounds like it’s serious, I am quick to refer people to Farmer D, as he provides a wide range of services to bring projects to life close to home and across the nation and world (he just got back from meeting with developers in Houston, and he recently met with executives from Tanzania, if you can believe it). He meets with groups at schools, conferences, workshops, roundtables, city halls, corporate boardrooms, community charrettes, developer meetings, and just about anywhere else where people are interested in growing food, knowledge, and community. Taking advantage of his expertise saves people time, money, and trouble long-term, and helps to ensure project success. It’s just as simple as that.
A new school year just started here in metro-Atlanta, and that means there is the opportunity to connect more children with how their food is grown and the incredible hands-on learning experiences that can occur in a garden. New cities have launched this year in metro-Atlanta (Peachtree Corners and Brookhaven are the newest cities in the United States), and there are many ways to serve the health and welfare needs of a community through access to edible landscaping on “Main Street” (think beautiful herb planters here that invite people to stroll and snip, thereby increasing the pleasures of walkability) and easy access to community gardening. New construction is picking up, and many developers see the benefits of community agriculture as a desired amenity which is sometimes even called “the new golf.” And more and more restaurants and institutions see a chef’s garden as the next obvious step for their commitment to healthy, interesting ingredients. The good news? Examples of these types of initiatives surround us here in metro-Atlanta and throughout the country. Best practices already exist, and pitfalls to avoid are not hard to find, thereby helping you to be successful more efficiently.
If you want professional expertise for your project, ask Farmer D. That’s what he does, and taking advantage of his expertise makes it easier to do what you want to do. Find out more about his consulting services here.