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Creating a farm in the city: Local group to turn blighted area into 'urban agrihood'

Evan Watson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The local group One South Community Development Corporation (CDC) has a plan to bring food and arts to a blighted area of south Macon.

One South CDC created the project's vision and has the funds available to complete it. The group's plan includes fields for farming, a market and cafe, greenhouses and an agriculture center.

Currently, a few homes and vacant lots stand in the Second St. and Bowden St. area, but One South CDC plans to change that.

"$500,000 and infusing it directly into the south side neighborhoods. We're going to create an urban farm," said Danny Glover with One South CDC.

The group earned the grant from ArtPlace America, a national organization that works to help communities through art. For this area of south Macon, a big garden, farm-to-table restaurant and local art are in the works.

"So this is just a testament, when you involve the community and are intentional about doing the work of the people and making sure everyone is at the table, great stuff can happen," Glover said.

Local poet Yolanda Latimore is in charge of using artwork and local artists to revitalize the area.

"It's going to be a lot of work but it's fun and it makes it feel good when you can sit back and look at this years later," said Latimore.

One South CDC board member Lywante Bonner just wants south Macon to feel whole again.

"South Macon, everything is closing on the south side. And we don't want this to become a forgotten place," said Bonner.

She's starting off by cleaning up blighted homes in the area.

"We're taking nothing and turning it into something. We're going to be able to affect a lot of people with this project," Bonner said.

Currently One South CDC is waiting on Macon-Bibb County's Land Bank Authority for authorization to take over the land.

They hope to start building the new "urban agrihood" later this year.

Find One South CDC on Facebook here and find the group's volunteer group here.



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