Announcing the Food Innovation Fellows!

The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) is thrilled to announce the second class of Food Innovation Fellows in partnership with the Food Well Alliance! CCI first partnered with the Food Well Alliance in 2015 to launch network and tools to support entrepreneurs, educators, and community organizers engaged in connecting food growers to consumers to build healthier communities.

Food Well Alliance is committed to supporting their current and future Local Food Grant recipients. In order to build an alternative, healthy food system in Atlanta, we need financially viable and sustainable local food enterprises. The fellowship provides vital professional skill development for early stage local food and farming organizations.

The 2016-2017 Food Innovation Fellows are:  

  • J. Olu Baiyweu, Eyedrum GalleryThe Eyedrum Rooftop Garden to be a fully functioning, production garden growing a variety of herbs, flowers, and vegetables through the calendar year (3 seasons), that hosts a small farmer's market and a Pick-Up-Point CSA site for 20 or more community members in South Downtown.

  • Jasann Gilliam, Gilliam's Community GardenThe mission of Gilliam's Community Garden is to improve community health in the Oakland City neighborhood and adjacent areas area through greater availability of fruits, vegetables, poultry products, nutrition education, and increase social capital through its urban farming outreach efforts at local elementary schools.

  • Haylene Green of the West End Community Urban Garden: They are alleviating poverty through sustainability starting in the West End by bridging the gap between seniors and youth through urban gardening.

  • Brent Hall of Freewheel Farm: Freewheel Farm is a diversified urban farm committed to growing the highest quality Certified Naturally Grown produce for residents of Atlanta, turning vacant lots into thriving food oases.

  • Nuri Icgoren of Urban Sprout Farm: Urban Sprout Farm is building an agricultural hub on an organic farm and nursery.

  • Sagdrina Jalal of the Georgia Farmers Market AssociationThe mission of the Georgia Farmers Market Association is to strengthen farmers markets and increase food access in communities across the state by providing guidance to producers, technical assistance on market management, and healthy food access and education to consumers.

  • Joe Reynolds of Love is Love at Gaia GardensLove is Love Farm aspires to demonstrate that young, landless farmers can build a successful farming operation and actively serve the good food movement through mindful land stewardship.

  • Yasmeen Salaam-Sabir of Carver's Produce: Carver’s Produce aims to establish an effective food hub that increases our local agricultural economy, develops a healthy supply and demand of sustainably sourced produce, and increases food security within low access areas.

  • Chris Theal of Small Farmer at Larger: Small Farmer At Large supports Atlanta's local food movement by providing professional farm and garden services, and rejuvenates West Atlanta vacant lots into viable market gardens.

  • Noreen Whitehead of Georgia Women in Agriculture: Georgia Women in Agricultureworks to empower socially disadvantaged women in rural and urban areas to gain available local and federal agricultural resources.