Written by Cydnie Melson, Green For All College Ambassador
GFA College Ambassadors Cydnie Melson and Vicky Valera
On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9am- 1pm, I, along with my fellow Ambassador Vicky Valera, organized an awesome community activity for Clark Atlanta University students. We collaborated with the Miss Women’s Leadership Council of Clark Atlanta University and presented the event, “Farming Atlanta.” We arrived at 8:30 a.m. at the Clark Atlanta University campus student center to welcome our fellow students and get ready for the day’s activities. After meeting at the student center we walked to a nearby community farm. We walked so that we could reduce the carbon footprint of our event. Every little bit helps.
When we arrived at Patchwork City Farms we listened to our host speak about what the farmers do and everything that was planted on the farm and what we would be doing for the day. I thought one of the most interesting things that we learned about the farm was that they plant vegetables for all of the different seasons of the year, and not just the traditional spring/summer growing seasons. The farm acts as a community garden where anyone in the neighborhood can go and plant anything that they please with no membership or fees of any kind. Throughout the day, we harvested greens, tomatoes, flowers, and peppers. We also fed chickens and replanted vegetables. The event represented a great opportunity to share the power of urban farming and the importance of a community garden space with Clark Atlanta students. We look forward to continuing to partner with Patchwork City Farms in the near future.