Food Innovation Fellow 2016-2017
West end community urban garden
The West End Community Urban Garden’s mission is to promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles by equipping families and other growers in at-risk communities with gardening know-how and knowledge concerning food security and safety.
The West End Community Urban Garden is a Garden and Nursery which utilizes holistic, pesticide free techniques to grow its produce. The Garden also serves as a site for community education on a variety of food-related affairs such as gardening-techniques, growing in limited spaces, and food preparation. In addition, the Garden holds programming to bring seniors and youth together over issues such as food equity, nutrition, and recycling. The Garden is also known for being one of the only that grows fruits and vegetables that are native to the Caribbean in Atlanta’s soil.
Haylene Green, donned by her peers at her local farmers’ markets as ‘The Garden Queen,’ comes from a family of farmers. She was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica where her father and grandfather were commercial farmers, and as a teenager, she moved to New York, where she grew potted plants. Haylene fell in love with Atlanta upon first visit, and relocated to the South. Eventually, Haylene began cultivating an acre of land with the goal of teaching those around her the art of growing fruits and vegetables naturally.