Atlanta mayor names urban agriculture director

Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that Mario Cambardella has been named urban agriculture director and will join the administration on Dec. 3. As the first so named director, he will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture, including policy development and facilitating the conversion of brown fields into urban gardens. Cambardella also will work to realize the city’s sustainability initiative goal of bringing local food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all Atlanta residents by 2020.

“We are pleased to have Mario Cambardella join the city of Atlanta as the urban agriculture director,” said Mayor Reed. “With strong collaborative partners like Georgia Organics, the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Food Well Alliance, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Atlanta Beltline Inc., this position will be integral to making continued progress in growing Atlanta’s urban agricultural community.”