Alpharetta’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services Department is launching an annual Community Agriculture membership program.

Earlier this year, more than 100 people attended the Community Food Forum at City Hall hosted by Food Well Alliance. During this event, attendees discussed the way local food and community gardens benefit their lives.

In the days and weeks following the event, numerous requests from residents to support the city’s developing Community Agriculture Program were received by the city, according to a news release from Alpharetta. 

This new membership program "provides a way for individuals who are passionate about supporting and growing the local food system in Alpharetta to get involved and direct their support toward specific projects," the news release said.

All of the membership fees generated through this program will be used for projects that will grow the Community Agriculture Program, which is operated by the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services Department. Projects include an apiary for honey bees, fencing to protect the farm crops from deer, a comprehensive rain water collection system and Alpharetta's first interactive chicken coop.

Membership benefits vary by level, but include plaque recognition on the fence at the Farm at Old Rucker Park, T-shirts, discounts to classes and events hosted at the Farm, a monthly e-newsletter and tickets to the end-of-season member picnic.

“We are thrilled with the level of interest and support for the Community Agriculture Program, and look forward to growing this in partnership with the community," City Councilman and Liaison to Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services, Jason Binder said in a statement.

The Farm at Old Rucker Park is at 860 Rucker Road. Program updates will be posted on the City’s website and social channels.

To become a member of the Community Agriculture Program, visit alpharetta-community-agriculture-program.square.site.

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