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County: DeKalb

Location: 900 Dancing Fox Road, Decatur, GA 30032

Total acres 5.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 1.5

Acres of pasture 0.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

A 5 acre in-town urban farm owned by East Lake Commons co-housing community, a 20 acre community that supports this unique farming operation.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (1 to 5 Years)

Type of opportunity - more info

We are offering a 2-year lease of an urban location 4 miles from downtown Atlanta. The land is owned by our co-housing community and is leased for $1 per year. The lease includes a budget provided by our community to support the farm operation. We welcome applications from farmer(s), non-profits, collectives, and incubators. We seek applications from historically marginalized communities including people of color, LGTBQ people, and immigrants. Full details at tinyurl.com/nn7532dt

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Greenhouse
  • Farm equipment
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

● 1-½ acres of crop space ● Three water sources: pond, well, and county water ● Established infrastructure with an irrigation system, 2 pole barns, a heated greenhouse, 2 high tunnels, 2 walk-in coolers, 3 sheds, a Kubota tractor, a BCS 2-wheel tractor, tools & implements ● Annual farm plan from the current farmer ● An in-town Atlanta location that is a great source of customers, workers, and volunteers ● An annual budget and a committee to support you and your farming endeavor ● And a 2-year lease for this operation at $1 per year (Yes, that’s right: $1 per year!)

Current production on farm

  • Vegetable production
  • Vineyard

Current production on farm - more info

1.5 acres of a wide variety of produce production plus 6 fig trees, a blueberry orchard, and muscadines.

Current and past farming practices

  • Certified organic

Current and past farming practices - more info

This certified organic farm has been in production for the past 24 years. We've had 5 farmers and are now looking for our 6th.

Additional aspects

Open House - Sunday, July 18th, 2021 RSVP to Karen at karenminvielle@gmail.com Rain date: Sunday, August 1 1pm - Sign-in & tour the East Lake Commons co-housing community 2pm - Gaia Gardens farm tour by current farmer, Joe Reynolds of Love Is Love Farm 3pm - Discussion of this opportunity with a Q&A session 4pm - Meet & Greet with East Lake Commons residents * All activities are masked and physically distanced. Our goal is to announce our next farmer in September 2021 and have the new farmer(s) take the reins on January 1, 2022. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, send a personal statement and resume to farmersearch@eastlakecommons.org by July 10th, 2021.