Roswell OKs couple’s plan to take land back to agriculture

The Roswell City Council has approved a couple’s unusual request for the city to rezone their land from suburban residential back to agricultural so they can set up a small “urban farm.”

The city also granted a conditional use to let Tony and Shari Martin sell produce from the 6.7-acre farm at 410 Coleman Road, with the conditions that visitors not park vehicles on the road, and that a studio planned for the site not be for commercial use.

The land, to be called Martin’s Garden at Coleman Farm, will have a single-family home for the farm manager, an accessory structure, and a garden, greenhouse, pasture and barn. The Martins have said they intend to donate 30 percent of their organically grown produce to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The rest of the harvest will be sold to local residents and restaurants. There also may be sheep, goats and chickens.


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