Atlanta Community Gardening family lives in East Atlanta, and my husband works in Inman Park. The other day we were taking a shortcut from home to his office to meet him for lunch, and my kids and I came across an oasis in Reynoldstown: The R-Town Garden.

Wannabe gardener that I am, I had to pull over and check out their fledgling plots. Very cool! I love the idea of a community coming together, putting aside a greenspace for practical purposes, and allowing residents to get closer to actual growing things. Here in the mass of concrete and glass that is Atlanta, I think we often lose sight of the natural and this seems like a great way to reconnect and unwind.

Curious about the community garden phenomenon, I did a little snooping around and found a neat site by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They support community gardens and much more, including a Hunger Walk 5/10K, and an organic market. And much to my delight, I found at the Atlanta Community Gardens Coalition, that there is a community garden in the works for East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park!

7 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    that sign is SO reynoldstown….

  2. Annie (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    “SO Reynoldstown?” Is that good or bad?

  3. james (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    all good :-))

  4. rachael (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    i love living in rtown. big ups to keely and the rtown garden crew for getting this project off the ground licketysplit. join the mailing list:

    watch out for more enviroprojects.. some of us sopo kids live in the n’hood and trees atlanta is moving in.

  5. naima (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    so nice to see that others appreciate reynoldstown. i rented in virginia highlands for years thinking it was the only “cultured” and beautiful oasis inside the concrete jungle. what was i thinking while i was going broke? now i just love crossing the tracks and coming through the krog street tunnel. reynoldstown really is a neighborhood on the rise. so much urban renewal is just people removal and tree removal. it doesn’t have to be that way! community gardens are a beautiful, peaceful and natural way to anchor a blended community. we all gotta eat our vegetables! up with urban farmers.

  6. james (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    naima, you are so right. the krog street tunnel is one of my favorite places in all of atlanta. i too rented in vahi when i moved to atlanta before releasing that southeast was the way to go. and honestly you are going to have to drag me kicking and screaming out of east atlanta/ormewood.

  7. Annie (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    So glad to get some positive comments on the hood. Rachael, love that you used SoPo. Haven’t heard that one in a while. . . makes me think it would be fun to do a post about Atlanta-specific acronyms and terminology, etc.

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