Bobby L. Wilson, owner of Metro Atlanta Urban Farm in College Park, was honored as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes at the news outlet’s 16th annual event which aired Dec. 11.
Wilson was awarded $10,000 and will receive organizational support from the Elevate Prize Foundation and pro bono media coaching from Fenton, the social change agency.
In addition to the $10,000, Subaru has promised to match up to $50,000 in donations to each Top 10 CNN Hero’s nonprofit, for donations made through GoFundMe by Jan. 1.
Donations can be made to Metro Atlanta Urban Farm at https://www.gofundme.com/f/wilson-metro-atlanta-urban-farm-mauf.
“Your generous donations will make it possible for us to improve, increase, and extend our programming and services to marginalized and underserved communities. No donation is too small or too large. We are thankful for them all,” Wilson said on his website.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, which occupies five acres of land on the north end of Main Street in College Park, opened for business 13 years ago. The farm is serving communities across metro Atlanta as a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Center.
Wilson welcomes students from kindergarten through university to an informal S.T.E.M. learning environment to explore careers in agriculture through internships, agriculture jobs tours, agribusiness farm tours, and agriculture volunteer opportunities.
Wilson plans to use his awarded funds as seed money towards the building of an informal Agricultural S.T.E.M. and Community Science Research Center to provide students from marginalized and underserved communities access and opportunities to explore careers in agricultural science.
“Every day I fight to keep the farm running. CNN Heroes has helped to elevate our work and our efforts to fulfill our individual roles in society for collective impact and to make a difference in those communities that have been left out of the mainstream. We have the power to come together and co-create new pathways to access, inclusion, and hope, which we will do with continued support from those who also believe in this work,” Wilson said in a statement.
For more information on Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, visit www.themetroatlantaurbanfarm.org.