July 17, 2019 Atlanta- Pamela Seay, a neighborhood volunteer, searches for insects on vegetable plants at the Atlanta Food Forest on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The Atlanta Food Forest covers is a seven acre public park and garden near the Lakewood Fairgrounds and Browns Mill Golf Course. The food forest is the first in Georgia and the largest in the United States. Christina Matacotta/Christina.Matacotta@ajc.com
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Atlanta’s food forest to hold free fall festival this weekend

Face-painting, food, music and health screenings are a few of the events residents can expect during a free fall festival at Atlanta’s food forest this weekend. 

The Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill will hold the fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place at 2217 Browns Mill Road in southeast Atlanta, according to a release about the event. 

In May, City Council unanimously approved the transformation of 7.1 acres of property near the Lakewood Fairgrounds and Browns Mill Golf Course into a public park and garden. The food forest is the first in Georgia and the largest in the United States.


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Residents can play games, participate in kickboxing demonstrations, and take short yoga and Zumba lessons, said Soisette Lumpkin who volunteers with the a group committed to maintaining the park and forest. Musical chairs and storytelling are a few of the activities for children. 

Music stations Praise 102.5 and Streetz 94.5 will also be there from noon to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m., respectively, Lumpkin said.  

Free food will be provided by The Villages of Carver Family YMCA. Local organizations such as the Greening Youth Foundation and Concrete Jungle, will also be at the festival. 

The food forest will also raffle off a turkey and gift cards, Lumpkin said. HIV, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will be offered at the fall festival.


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