The Good Samaritan Urban Farm is poised to connect people on a basic human level. No matter your background, you have a strong fundamental connection with what you eat,
-Urban Farm and Volunteer Manager Latrice Dudley,
As the warm rays of the morning sun break through the skyscrapers of downtown Atlanta they fall upon a patch of garden in a desert of concrete and glass. Here, in the middle of Urban Atlanta, countless fruits and vegetables await the farmers who will soon arrive to bring this sleepy patch of land to life. Just as the farmers will bring nutrition and health to these fruits and vegetables, so too will they in turn bring nutrition and health to families as they sit around the dinner table.
Its long been known that the food we consume significantly impacts our health, and in many cases can control and even reverse nutritional diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. While most people realize this, often times those at the greatest risk from nutritional diseases are not able to afford, or have access to, the foods they need. For that reason, located in the heart of an area of Atlanta officially recognized as a food desert, the Good Sam Urban Farm is working to reverse that trend. The fruits and vegetables of the farm will soon be contributing to the Full Circle of Health that is taking place in the Good Samaritan Health Center next door. Through the FoodRX Program Doctors are able to provide patients with a prescription for food that can change the course of their health.
The FoodRX initiative provides the opportunity for every Atlantan to eat healthy while also giving access and affordability to those who need it most. In addition, through our recent acceptance into the SNAP program, Good Sam is also now able to provide reduced cost produce at our Farmers Market every Saturday, directly impacting our surrounding community.
The Good Samaritan Urban Farm is poised to connect people on a basic human level. No matter your background, you have a strong fundamental connection with what you eat, says Urban Farm and Volunteer Manager Latrice Dudley, the farm fosters this relationship among people by increasing access while at the same time decreasing the cost of healthy foods in food deserts, while also educating the community about healthier options.