Devastated homeless people in Atlanta have taken a shine to planting an organic garden for many good reasons.
Typically, it is an activity “made up” for boogie hipster types who have plenty of leisure time, money and training to stand for this cause. The good news is that a homeless shelter in Atlanta has been forcing this wellness-skill and approach to responsible farming to its residents as well for several years.
Anita Beaty, executive director of Metro Atlanta Task Force, told Atlanta Progressive News: “It is important to share and train residents in green technology that we are involved in because poor and homeless people are being left out of the green development that we see burgeoning in our community.”
As it can be seen in the photo, the residents of the Metro Atlanta Task Force plant their veggies on the shelter’s rooftop garden. The organization, which services dispossessed and formerly homeless people in its sustainable facility, has come up with a number of programs for its clients.
In addition to its exemplar gardening initiative, the Metro Atlanta Task Force has a assistance hotline available round the clock (24-hours a day), day service center and transitional housing program, to mention but a few.
However, the rooftop garden, first established in 2009, serves as a means to teach homeless people about urban food production and sustainable technologies, while also giving them the opportunity to feed fellow residents, according to the group’s website. “The idea is to produce enough food to feed the residents something green and healthy daily,” told Vice, Mr. Carl Hartrampf, a board member who manages every aspect of the garden.
Now, isn’t this amazing: The very first harvest this spring produced 55 pounds of greens! The trainees are all resident-volunteers at the shelter, and are graduates or are currently participating in the Truly Living Well program. The name stands for an agricultural program that brings fresh and nutritionally-dense produce to the community.
This gardening roof plot currently numbers 80 beds and has already raised small crops of collards, lettuces, kale, chard, carrots, radishes and squash (among other successfully-grown vegetables and fruits). All the participants benefit from eating healthful freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, and also obtain competitive job skills that will help them in the future endeavors.
The funded program prepares them for careers in entrepreneurial farming and marketing, and also certifies them to train future participants. The extensive program prepares the members for every nuance related to the field.
For instance, the rooftop garden has 1,300 bees for pollination and producing honey, according to Vice. It also “harvests” rainwater to economically irrigate the crops. Mrs. Anita Beaty told APN: “Everything we do here involves residents. They get job training and every job is preparation for a job outside.”
No doubt, it is a great joint endeavor of all the authorities involved to help these wretched people and get them back on track!
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