There are many things urban farmer Joe Reynolds digs: being a steward of the land, producing healthy food for locals, his sweetheart Judith. The Love is Love at Gaia Gardens farmer is also a lover of Atlanta, and the passionate local food community that has taken root here in recent years.
Even those with little to no agricultural know-how might assume, and reasonably so, that to be a farmer, you have to own land. Turns out, that’s not the case. A study done by the National Young Farmer’s Coalition in 2011 found that access to land was one of the major obstacles facing new farmers, but some have found a way around the hurdle.
Next spring at the farmers markets, you might notice some signage changes behind a few of your favorite farmers. One highly respected young farmer, Rachel Tali Kaplan, is leaving town, prompting a wave of moves.
As the months passed, things got so bad he could barely move. At 64, Glover realized he couldn’t keep farming forever. Yet letting his carefully tended soil fall into disuse was unthinkable.