Upcoming Pop-Up and Our Amazing Partners
You may remember us mentioning that the Georgia Farmers Market Association is partnering with the Sevananda Natural Food Market and implementing a hybrid community supported agriculture (CSA)/farmers market model to serve the neighborhoods around their retail store! Our model is based on an equity approach to food access where farmers are guaranteed payment and shoppers are able to pay according to their ability on a sliding scale. The partnership with Sevananda is going to help us connect with the community and identify key stakeholders and existing leadership to further direct our work. Our dual focus on both the farmers and the community needs will help ensure a sustainable layer to the local food system Over time, we will eventually increase the number of these markets in the greater Atlanta area and across Georgia.
Sevananda Natural Food Market is a community-owned natural food market located in the Little 5 Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Founded in 1974, Sevananda’s mission is to empower their community by increasing access to healthy foods, in order to improve overall well-being and health outcomes. They have a loyal group of member owners who are have a longstanding commitment to the health of their neighborhood. Partnering with Georgia Farmers Market Association to address food access concerns is a clear sign of their commitment to evolving with the needs of their community.
During the month of September, we will be surveying Sevananda shoppers in an effort to better understand their preferences as it relates to fresh, locally sourced seasonal produce. The information we collect will inform our upcoming farmers market pop-up at Sevananda on November 3rd. It will also provide us with value data as we develop a full scale version of the model.
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture will also serve as a primary partner. Committed to bringing good food, good health and well-being to Atlanta’s urban community, this rooted and resilient Agriculture leader has trained and developed so many of our cities farmers. Their guiding principles are to emulate nature in the production of food, to educate old and young to grow their own food, and to create a welcoming space where people can gather and find harmony with the earth. Several GFMA member farmers speak to the invaluable training and guidance received through TLW; we are thrilled to have them help us support the development of small farm businesses.
Circle November 3rd on your calendar and be sure to visit our pop up Market Sevananda Natural Food Market located at 467 Moreland Avenue NE. Until then, be sure to visit Truly Living Well for the some the most well intentioned produced grown in our city!