Atlanta to hire first urban ag director

The city of Atlanta will hire its first urban agriculture director, a full-time technical resource and advocate dedicated to expanding access to local, healthy food options.

Operating within the mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the director will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture in the city of Atlanta, including agricultural policy development and the conversion of brownfields into urban gardens.

The director will also work with community organizations and city departments to improve growers’ access to public and private land, facilitate the permitting process, obtain necessary zoning permits, support local initiatives, manage code compliance, and address other issues to advance urban agriculture in Atlanta.

The Reed Administration has worked with a number of community organizations and institutions on urban agriculture, beginning with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, which helped craft the city’s first residential urban gardening ordinance passed by the Atlanta City Council in 2014.

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