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
After record rainfall, the creek bed was full.
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.
December 26, 2015
Year End Review
Site visit: Parcel #2
Collard, Kale, Lettuce seedlings have sprouted and are thriving. Nguzo Saba. Give Thanks.
The Prize Choy flower is in bloom. New seeds are on the horizon.
Bountiful abundance. The future is bright.
Site visit – Parcel #1
On a sunny Saturday – 3 weeks later
Nature’s Plan – SURPRISE!
Insight is required to visualize useful practices, which inspire residents to design necessary improvements for local communities in the midst of change and gentrification.
Surrender to the radical embrace of change.
January 3, 2016
New Year Assessment
Drive by site visit – Parcel #3
Holding space for development, growth, protection and righteous change.
Growth on the horizon.
Site visit – Parcel # 1
Homegrown measures require clean up and changes in perspective.
A great deal of work lies ahead.
January 7, 2016
New Year Forecast
Site visit – Parcel #1
Grassroots Storm Water Management Initiatives develop on the horizon.
Soul Aesthetic 2016