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Atlanta homeless shelter producing pounds of veggies on rooftop garden

Residents grow much of their own food in the organic rooftop garden at Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Click on image for larger file.

It is a homeless community on the cutting edge of the green revolution and organic urban farming.

By Gloria Tatum
July 25, 2015


The rooftop garden is at its capacity with eighty raised vegetable beds, but plans are underway to refurbish the roof on the older building next to the garden. “We will double the size of our garden once we get that roof finished,” Carl Hartrampf, a board member and the rooftop garden coordinator, told APN.

Some of the vegetable beds are harvested every 30 to 60 days, and then they are immediately replanted. When it doesn’t rain, two 500 gallon tanks, filled with rainwater, pump water to the garden.

“On our first harvest this spring, we harvested 55 pounds of greens,” Hartrampf said.

The residents receive supervision and training at the rooftop garden, which prepares them for urban farming. The sustainable, organic foods market is rapidly growing in the Metro Atlanta area, with organic gardens, community gardens, rooftop gardens and yard gardens popping up everywhere.

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