Food hubs, urban farms, and farm-to-consumer go-betweens are cropping up across the region, giving landless urbanites a chance to get their hands in the dirt and on fresh food.
Crop Mob Georgia connects volunteers on local plots (cropmobgeorgia.com).
In Charleston, GrowFood Carolina has converted an old warehouse to aggregate goods farmed within a 120-mile radius (growfoodcarolina.com). They handle marketing and distribution, so farmers can focus on planting and harvesting.
Through a market called Freshfully, Birmingham consumers can pick up CSA boxes sourced from within a 100-mile swath (freshfully.com).
Urban farms such as Love is Love in Atlanta (loveislovefarm.com) are literally cultivating new life in concrete jungles.
In each place, fresh food advocates connect people with growers, with each other, and ultimately with the land.