This past spring and summer, hundreds of kids of all ages came to visit us and learn about urban gardening. But did you know Farm Chastain also delivered real health benefits to others beyond its gates?
Yes! Through our partnership with The Southeastern Horticultural Society, Farm Chastain has a sister farm in West Atlanta. Good Samaritan Farm is part of Good Samaritan Health Center that provides affordable medical, dental, mental health and health education services for underserved individuals and families.
Here’s how Farm Chastain works with Good Samaritan Farm to nourish the Atlanta community at large.
First, seeds are planted in the greenhouse by our own Farmer Josh at Good Samaritan. (Yes. He pulls double duty farming at Good Samaritan, too.) Next, Josh digs up the baby plants and transplants them at Farm Chastain. Sun shines down. Rain falls. Bees pollinate. Pesticides are not sprayed. Leaves grow. Beans sprout. And soon, before you know it, the garden is lush with organically grown, vitamin packed peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet potatoes, squash, lettuce, herbs and more.
Did you know that two of Chastain Park's five picnic pavillions located throughout the park are the original structures built in the 1940's? These gathering spots come with grills and picnic tables. (The park actually has 12 grills.) Some of the pavillions are smaller with one picnic table that seats about 16 -- perfect for birthday parties. A few pavillions have four tables that provide plenty of seating space for about 64 people - ideal for family reunions and company picnics. According to Ray Mock, Director of Communications, "if you build it, they will come. The last time the Chastain Park Conservancy restored, enhanced and preserved a picnic pavillion, a family reuniion was held there the very next day!"
This weekend, the pavillion closest to the green lot will receive some much needed TLC thanks to 17 year old Warren Reece. The teenager is undertaking the project on behalf of an Eagle Scout project. He and his father will be replacing the punctured roof and damaged wood. They willl also repaint the pavillion to cover graffiti. The project is expected to take two weekends.
Upon completion, the covered green space will be open to the public, first come first serve. Just bring your own food and charcoal. You can even build a fire in a contained open fireplace near the pavillion. Just another reason thousands of people in the past, present and future #lovechastain!
We are happy to share this information with you from Pete Pellegrini of the PATH Foundation in regards to the new Powers Ferry PATH: "The Design team has successfully minimized the construction impact placed on the existing trees that front the new PATH," said Pellegrini. "A total of one tree will be removed by the proposed construction with the park receiving a total of ten new three-inch caliper trees as well as a safer trail venue for those visiting the park. The CPC has created a win/win for all project stakeholders that will meet the Atlanta Tree Ordinance and create another generation of trees for all park visitors to enjoy for the next 70 years."
"As a Conservancy, we take great care in protecting the existing tree canopy and ensuring we plant new trees that are appropriate to the area," said Rosa McHugh, Executive Director of the Chastain Park Conservancy.