Why Local Food Matters

The local food movement improves Metro Atlanta's communities through four inherent benefits: community vitality, economic development, health & nutrition and environmental stewardship.

Food Well Alliance aims to bring people together and to connect them with the resources they need to create a vibrant local food system that will strengthen the local and regional tiers of food production

and distribution.

Developing and supporting a robust local food system means having conversations at the neighborhood and regional levels to address issues like these:

  • Farming and growing practices
  • A neighborhood’s access (or lack of access) to fresh healthy food
  • Support for rural and urban farmers
  • Land-use planning to encourage and preserve local food production
  • Local food in hospitals and schools
  • Diet and nutrition education
  • Food waste diversion from landfills

In the long run, local food strengthens the economy and the sense of community that comes from people working together to produce food.

Local Food Can Help Address Our Community’s Challenges

In Metro Atlanta, serious food-related problems are complex and far-reaching. They include food insecurity, diet-related diseases, loss of farmland, threatened ecosystems and communities with low access to fresh, healthy foods. The impact of these problems is vast, but we can take steps towards solving them by rebuilding our local food system.

We invite you to learn more about how local food benefits our community.

The Benefits of Membership

We believe the power of a united local food movement can be a transformative force in metro Atlanta. A local food movement that supports local growers, fosters entrepreneurship and innovation, and promotes the affordability and sustainability of healthy food can be transformative.

Join Food Well Alliance if you:

  • Join Today Elevate and accelerate the work of others in the local food movement
  • Believe in the transformative power of a local food movement
  • Are looking to connect with other leaders in your interest area to increase collaboration among Food Well Alliance members
  • Need access to relevant food system reports and data in the local food movement
  • Are ready to join us at a Learning Table, which functions as a professional development and networking community
  • Wish to highlight your organization in Atlanta’s Local Food Roadmap
  • Wish to be invited to Food Well Alliance member events
  • Are working to build healthier communities

Free and Valuable Benefits of Joining Food Well Alliance, We:

  • Promote the work of current and emerging organizations that comprise the local food movement
  • Mobilize human and financial capital in support of the local food movement
  • Craft collective impact initiatives that advance the work of the local food movement
  • Connect and convene members with one another around Food Well Alliance Collaboration Tables
  • Provide opportunity for your organization to be highlighted in Atlanta’s Local Food Road Map
  • Alert members of Food Well Alliance local grant opportunities to support community organizers, local food entrepreneurs and educators within the local food movement
  • Publish news of the local food movement in a monthly digital newsletter
  • Create and promoting unique Food Well Alliance events
  • Provide online resources for information relevant to your work.
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Win 1200 Pounds of Compost for Your Community Garden

August 12th, 2016

More Local Food News Everyone has a chance to pick up organic compost at SoilFest 2016 this year but only a few will get 1200 pounds of it delivered directly to their garden!

Bring your own bucket or bag to Soil Fest this year, and take home rich, nutrient-dense compost to prepare your garden for the fall growing season. As part of the Soil Fest activities, a heaping truck load of compost will be available on site for gardeners to fill up their buckets on a first come first serve basis.

Need more than a bucket of compost? Community gardeners, you can win one cubic yard (that’s 1200 pounds!) of organic compost and have it delivered directly to your garden.

Here’s how:

  • Attend Soil Fest 2016 on August 27, 2016 from 2pm to 6pm

  • Register your garden and complete an on-site survey when you arrive at Soil Fest 2016

  • Give consent to share your garden on the Food Well Alliance interactive garden map

  • Garden must be located in Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, or Gwinnett county

  • Gardeners must be currently growing and composting at their community garden

  • Gardens located in low-access neighborhoods will receive priority

  • Gardeners from the same community garden who complete the survey on-site will increase their chances


  • Up to three individual gardeners per community garden can win one cubic yard each (based on garden size)

  • Awarded gardeners will be notified in September to coordinate deliveries
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