The LAI Atlanta Chapter is excited to have guest speaker Lauren Wood, Director of MARTA Market at Community Farmers Markets to speak about healthy food access.
Enjoy networking with other professionals. Lunch will not be provided. We encourage you to BYOL: Bring Your Own Lunch!
This event is FREE to attend for both members + non-members.
The mission of the Community Farmers Markets is to develop a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Their purpose is to root, grow, and preserve a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, fair food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth.
(CFM) is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that provides access to locally-grown foods through a unique, four-tiered approach. This includes: distribution of locally-grown food at farmers markets, a general store booth, Fresh MARTA Markets, and the Crop Cycle, the mobile market; education about locally-grown food through outreach programming; financial incentives through the SNAP-matching program; and the vendor support program.
CFM pivoted due to COVID-19 challenges and continued to provide fresh local food to customers (and a sales outlet to vendors, farmers) by creating and facilitating an online marketplace, ShopCFM. The farmers markets reopened in the summer with revised safety protocols, continuing their work as essential businesses.
CFM co-operates the 5 Fresh MARTA Markets and hosts five weekly farmers markets: Grant Park, Ponce, Decatur, East Atlanta Village, and Oakhurst. CFM strives to offer an authentic safe space to shop for fresh local food, while providing a sustainable living for local farmers and small business owners.