Fulton County invites District 5 residents to learn how to grow their own food without gardens.
Free two-hour workshops will be on Mondays at the Oak Hill Child & Family Adolescent Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy. in Atlanta, the HJC Bowden Senior Center, 2885 Church St. in East Point and the Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road SW in Atlanta.
According to a news release, the workshops are a geological agriculture pilot program to address the challenges of food deserts, or neighborhoods without access to fresh produce.
The county funded the $35,000 pilot to train residents to use rocks to grow food like greens, sprouts, beans and peas.
District 5 County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. brought the concept from a legislative conference he attended in Washington, D. C.
“When I saw plants growing in rocks and tasted how fresh they were, I thought this concept would be beneficial for my district,” he said in a statement. “Also, GeoAg ties directly into Fulton County’s strategic plan initiatives, ‘All People Are Healthy’ and ‘All People Are Self-Sufficient.’ We are teaching people a new way to fish instead of giving them fish in an effort to help our residents combat food deserts.”
The program launched July 23 and ends Sept. 24.