January 26, 2016

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 Advocate. Educate. Serve.
Serving people and giving back to others is one of the most important things that we do at Truly Living Well. Getting to touch the lives of people is a great thing. This year for MLK Day we had over 400 people come out to help us prepare for our upcoming big move. We want to thank Hands On Atlanta, AmeriCorps VISTA, and everyone else who spent MLK Day helping TLW prepare for our big move. It was a day on, not a day off.

We are moving from our Wheat St. Garden site. Our new Collegetown site is located in walking distance from an elementary school, a YMCA, Boy's and Girls Club, a church, the Atlanta Beltline, senior citizens home, and the Atlanta University Center. These are places where many of our programs will continue to touch the lives of people. 
At TLW we grow good food, we grow people and we grow community. In order to continue our growth, we need your guidance and support. Wheat St. was built upon concrete slabs and we've spent five years creating rich soil, which we will not leave behind. We're taking everything with us that we can to our new site. This will be a unique experience moving a farm; not many have done it. We will keep you updated during this journey. There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities as we say goodbye to Wheat St. and say hello to our new home. 
We hope you stay connected with us as we transition to the West End where we'll continue to be Truly Living Well.

K. Rashid Nuri
Healthy Food For All

This past November, Yo! Boulevard Food Co-op celebrated its one year anniversary. In partnership with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall's Yo! Boulevard initiative, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, and TLW, the co-op provides residents in the Old Fourth Ward with packaged goods and fresh produce.
The co-op started last year with the help of TLW AmeriCorps VISTA's Sara Thorpe and Joya Greene. Our current VISTA, Braxton Allen, is the food co-op coordinator for the 2015-2016 year. With a modest beginning of only 1 cohort and 17 members, it has grown to 3 cohorts and about 70 members, as well as a steering committee of founding members that purchase food for distribution and reviews future plans. The overall mission is to build a self-sustaining co-op ensuring residents access to safe, culturally appropriate, and nutritious food through an economically and environmentally sustainable system.
Co-op member Pearline Reed states, "The co-op is very important to my community [of Cosby Spears Apartments]...there are a lot of seniors that live here and participate. Also, there are people with children and it has helped a whole lot." Member De'Loris Garrott hopes to see an increase in 6 or 7 cohorts in 2016. "I just want to see it grow...and to see us keep interacting with organizations in the neighborhood."
Braxton's goal for 2016 is: "for the member leaders to be able to independently manage their roles within the co-op. Of course, there will be someone there for consultation and support, but I would love for the co-op leaders to be confident in their roles. Overall, my goal for the co-op is that the members enjoy a sense of community within the program that isn't restricted to distribution days." 

As you can see, urban agriculture and providing access to fresh quality produce can create positive changes in the food system and community, transforming the way that people connect with each other and the land. Join us as we share a vision of sustainability and social justice! 

We Grow Food. We Grow People.   
We Grow Community.

Truly Living Well Center  
for Natural Urban Agriculture
We want you to experience the joy and convenience of a TLW CSA. Every week you have your choice of our locally grown, GMO free produce. Fill your basket and share your bounty with your family and friends. Bring this coupon to any TLW weekly market and save $5.00 on a full CSA. 
Offer Expires: December 31, 2016

Staff Highlights:

Meet Ralph 

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty in the U.S. VISTA members make a year-long commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization. TLW has partnered with AmeriCorps for about five years. Our VISTAs are passionate and committed to building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity to increase food access to low-income communities.

Our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps VISTAs have dedicated a large amount of time and effort during their service year. Let's take a look at what one of our VISTA's has learned so far!  
Ralph MacDonald:
Grant Development Associate
"Working with Truly Living Well through AmeriCorps has been a great opportunity for personal growth. I have received invaluable instruction about the grant-writing process and so much support and encouragement as I've worked to complete several grants.

My first approved grant will fund an orchard at Pittman Park and I am excited to see what else we will accomplish this year. Working with a group that uses healthy food to empower people has also had a great impact on my eating habits!"

To learn more about AmeriCorps click here 
What's at the TLW Markets This Week?
Beets, Collard Greens, Kale, Mustard Greens, Watercress, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Handmade Soaps, Vegan Cookies, and TLW Herban Life Teas. 
Market Times
Every Wednesday
4pm - 7pm
2757 East Point St
Downtown East Point at
Fire Station #1

Every Friday
2pm - Dusk
Wheat Street Garden
75 Hilliard Road
Old Fourth Ward

Every Saturday
Freedom Market

Carter Center
Freedom Parkway
Office Hours

Friday 9AM-2PM
TLW at East Point
3353 Washington Road
East Point, GA 30344
(678) 973 - 0997