Atlanta’s East Lake Foundation, a nationally recognized leader in community revitalization, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southeastern Horticultural Society, a vital horticulture and environmental educational resource for southeastern states, to create the East Lake Community Learning Garden.

The new Learning Garden, to be located near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, will provide a safe, supportive environment where neighborhood residents will grow organic produce in a small urban farm and participate in interactive workshops while learning from each other and gardening experts. An active educational environment, the Learning Garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for East Lake children, especially students from East Lake’s Charles R. Drew Charter School.

“The health of a community is inextricably linked with the health of its residents, and we are delighted to support the East Lake Community Learning Garden,” said Madelyn R. Adams, East Lake Foundation Executive Director. “With the Southeastern Horticultural Society, we look forward to engaging our neighbors in planning a Learning Garden that brings residents together and builds a stronger East Lake community.”

“We are excited about the many opportunities this innovative Learning Garden presents,” said Kate Chura, Executive Director of the Southeastern Horticultural Society. “This summer, we will work with the East Lake Foundation to engage community stakeholders in a careful, collaborative planning process. Together, we will grow a garden that’s responsive to neighborhood needs while cultivating long-term sustainability.”

The Learning Garden will serve as a gathering place and community-building platform both for residents of The Villages of East Lake and the broader East Lake neighborhood. Adams commented, “The Learning Garden will foster healthier eating and living within our community, as well as build bridges among our neighbors.” Following community planning workshops this summer, the East Lake Foundation will host a groundbreaking ceremony this fall.

About the East Lake Foundation www.eastlakefoundation.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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