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It’s strange to think the land that’s currently home to the Urban Food Forest at Brown Mill in Atlanta was almost a residential development.

Previously owned by Willie and Ruby Morgan who ran a farm on the land, it was bought in the mid-2000s for the construction of townhomes. While the homes never came to fruition, something even better did.

The Conservation Fund bought the land in 2016 as part of an effort to preserve greenspace, with the city parks department helping to turn it into a park. The land of the urban food forest is surrounded by the Brown Mill Park and Lakewood neighborhoods, both of which have been designated as food deserts. The food forest will not only provide food relief to the surrounding community but educate and engage the community in its upkeep.

Click here to learn more about the forest and its efforts.

Click here for a related post on Atlanta’s Lake Charlotte Nature Preserve.