On February 21, local members of Slow Food Atlanta and the SFA answered the President's call to action, and honored the enduring memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. with service. Working on the premise that communities are stronger with good, meaningful food, 35 members of both groups joined Reverend Richard Bright at Good Shepherd Community Church’s urban farm in Atlanta’s historic West End neighborhood to begin spring planting preparation and break new ground for future use. Armed with hot coffee from Counter Culture, pastries, and an arsenal of tools, this collaboration of folks put in several hours of weeding, rock removing, knocking down ragweed, tilling beds, and cutting out kudzu roots one piece at a time.
To a small farmer who travels the interstate that overpasses the Good Shepherd by a mere several hundred feet, this beautiful, food-filled land provides an important symbol of food and community resistance for the City of Atlanta. Like most urban areas, there exists an immense space between where food is grown and where food is eaten, coined a “food desert.” Rev. Bright and the Good Shepherd are an oasis of delicious food, creating meaningful connections with their West End neighbors, and those intrepid passer-bys traversing the west side of Atlanta.
--by Joe Reynolds