Cinnamon City Farm Project – Winter Update

January 13th, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project Atlanta Destinations Mobile Public History Programming Random No Responses

Urban Waterways and Landscapes

Developing Food Networks in Atlanta

During the Season of Extreme Weather

December 2015 – January 2016 – Winter Update

It rained the majority of the fall. I mean RAINED. A lot in September, all of October and most of November. Short ebbs in the precipitation provided occasional relief. We made the best of the reprieves to host project site visits that welcomed many visitors. Most memorable were the two MFA graduate women film directors, traveling  from Northwestern University to conduct investigative documentary thesis research on the significance and legacy of land ownership for African Diaspora farmers in the 21 century. Then on the last weekend in November, stepping out on faith, we set out seeds in hopes that the ground would hold enough heat in December to germinate and sprout thriving collards, kale and winter lettuce seedlings. 

This is a chronicle of a few lifecycle moments of an intown farm land project, located in the Proctor Creek Watershed. 

December 2, 2015

Creekside observations – Unknown disturbances challenge the water quality in Proctor Creek.

Site Visit: Parcel #1 

December 2, 2015 Unknown creekside disturbance. Change is on the horizon. #Faith

December 2, 2015
Unknown creekside disturbance is visible in the water.
Change is on the horizon.
#Faith

After record rainfall, the creek bed was full. 

December 2, 2015 Creekside observation: unknown distrubance #mystery

December 2, 2015
Creekside observation: unknown disturbance is visible in the water.
#mystery

Video footage 

Change is afoot.

Citizen engagement. Chattahoochee Riverkeepers were notified and the next day water samples were taken from both Burbank and Arcadia and Boone Blvd at Quality Plaza overlooks. 

#Faith

December 26, 2015 

Year End Review

Winter Plans

Site visit: Parcel #2

December 26, 2015 Winter Crop Seeds germinated into seedlings. Collards, Kale, Lettuce

December 26, 2015
Winter Crop
Seeds germinated into seedlings.
Collards, Kale, Lettuce

Collard, Kale, Lettuce seedlings have sprouted and are thriving. Nguzo Saba. Give Thanks.

December 26, 2015 Prize Choy in bloom. Seeds on the horizon. Abundance in the future. #Lifecycle

December 26, 2015
Prize Choy in bloom.
Seeds on the horizon.
Abundance in the future.
#Lifecycle

The Prize Choy flower is in bloom. New seeds are on the horizon.

December 26, 2015 On the horizon. Winter plans. Abundance in the future. #Lifecycle

December 26, 2015
On the horizon.
Winter plans.
Abundance in the future.
#Lifecycle

 

Bountiful abundance. The future is bright.

 

Video footage

Site visit – Parcel #1

On a sunny Saturday – 3 weeks later

 

Nature’s Plan – SURPRISE!

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Insight is required to visualize useful practices, which inspire residents to design necessary improvements for local communities in the midst of change and gentrification.

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Surrender to the radical embrace of change. 

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Video footage.

#Unity

 

 

January 3, 2016

New Year Assessment

Heritage Oasis

Drive by site visit – Parcel #3

Holding space for development, growth, protection and righteous change.

Video footage

 

Growth on the horizon.

Site visit – Parcel # 1

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Video footage

 

Homegrown measures require clean up and changes in perspective.

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A great deal of work lies ahead.

 

January 7, 2016

New Year Forecast

Iwa pele.

Site visit – Parcel #1

Grassroots Storm Water Management Initiatives develop on the horizon. 

Video footage

Moving Forward

Soul Aesthetic 2016