Monday, November 11, 2019

Pine Lake seeks grant for Rockbridge Rd. agricultural project

The City of Pine Lake is applying for a $10,000 grant for an urban agriculture project on Rockbridge Rd.

The orchard project may get assistance from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the non-profit Food Well Alliance if the city receives the grant, Mayor Melanie Hammet said at an Oct. 29 Pine Lake City Council meeting.

The Food Well Alliance announced in July that it had selected East Point for a pilot City Agriculture Plan. The effort will include a six-month planning process with support from the ARC. The alliance said it would provide up to $75,000 in funds for the East Point project.

Clarkston and Pine Lake rallied to pilot the City Agriculture Planning process, the alliance said.

"Local agriculture is a key part of developing healthy communities," Sam Shenbaga, manager of ARC's Community Development Group, said in an alliance press release.