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MEET Kimberly: nonprofit newbie and self-sufficiency aficionado

MEET Kimberly: nonprofit newbie and self-sufficiency aficionado

Do you have a hankering for learning long-lost skills?  Ever wonder what it takes to become a master canner, soap maker or chicken raiser?  Well Atlanta is on its way to having a one-stop-shop to teach you all of the self-reliance skills your heart desires.  We sat down with Kimberly Coburn to learn more about her adventure in founding her new nonprofit, The Homestead Atlanta.   Tell us a little about your project: I’m in the beginning stages of starting a nonprofit educational center for self-reliance and sustainability skills called The Homestead Atlanta. It will be an engaging community hub offering hands-on classes on everything from blacksmithing to beekeeping, canning to cob construction, smoking to small engine repair. We hope to be a go-to resource for folks endeavoring to lead a more authentic lifestyle, reconnecting with both forgotten heritage skills and innovative sustainable-living approaches.   How did you get started with it? It’s kind of funny, actually – I receive the John C. Campbell Folk School’s catalog every year...

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MEET Aubrey and Craig: fruit fanatics and super great cider makers

MEET Aubrey and Craig: fruit fanatics and super great cider makers

Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!  Did you know that Atlanta is surrounded by delicious, edible and free fruit?  Neither did we.  We sat down with the guys behind Concrete Jungle, an organization dedicated to harvesting and donating unwanted and unused fruit, vegetables and other food stuffs, to learn how they discovered this free cornucopia.  Meet Aubrey and Craig.   Tell us about project: Craig: We pick fruit and we donate it to homeless shelters and food banks. Aubrey:  There is a lot of climbing trees. We often ride our bikes to the trees to test them first.  There are a lot of basic logistics around our fruit. I would say we are very pro fruit!   How did Concrete Jungle get started? Craig:  It is sort of a long story.  We started dumpster diving because when you are in college sometimes that is what you have to do.  Even back in high school we found this great backpack of candy and super soakers.  We have had some pivotal dumpster diving moments...

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MEET Ashley Rouse: mom, farm-to-school advocate and healthy food farmer

MEET Ashley Rouse: mom, farm-to-school advocate and healthy food farmer

If you have visited any of Atlanta’s organic farms, it is likely that Ashley Rouse has been there too.  From seed bombing the soon-to-be city hall community garden, helping care for the Oakleaf Mennonite Farm, to assisting Georgia Organics with farm to school programs, Ashley really gets around the local organic food movement.  We visited Oakleaf one warm morning to discover what inspires her dedication to such a tasty cause, and of course to test out some fresh veggies straight from the farm! Tell us about your project: The APS Parents’ Farm to School Coalition is a group of parents who believe it is important to promote the benefits of local, fresh food for our children’s eating and learning, and to advocate for APS policies and leadership that will support a sustainable, district-wide farm to school program. We envision schools that improve students’ health by offering them more fresh food choices;  grow their minds with hands-on gardening and food activities; and enhance the livelihood of their families and communities by reconnecting them...

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MEET Kris: fantastic bartender, clean water enthusiast and nonprofit founder

MEET Kris: fantastic bartender, clean water enthusiast and nonprofit founder

Kristopher Eby has traveled the world, from Peru to Indonesia and has come to one conclusion: the world needs a better clean water strategy.  And he is going create it.  His Project Water organization is exploring local and international efforts to provide clean water and water education, aiming to become a leader in the field.  The FEED sat down with this bartender-by-night, water-guru-by-day guy to learn more about this project.   Tell us about your organization: Project Water is an organization founded out of the desire to fight poverty at its root sources. For me through my experience of traveling, living and working abroad I found that inadequate access to safe water and sanitation is a root cause of keeping people in poverty- unable to move forward- whether in education, heath or whatever.  Water is where I want to work, its where I feel that I can make a change in this global crisis of poverty and inadequate allocation of resources.   How did it get started? In 2005...

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