Gaia Gardens Seeks Organic FarmerJul 01, 2021 06:00AM ● By Staff
Gaia Gardens at East Lake Commons (Photo: Joe Reynolds)
Gaia Gardens, one of Atlanta’s first organic urban farms located just four miles from downtown Atlanta, has begun a search for its next farmer.
An open house is scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 18. A tour of the farm and surrounding community will be followed by a discussion, a Q&A session and a meet and greet. Interested parties should RSVP to Karen Minvielle at [email protected]
Founded in 1998 within the cohousing community of East Lake Commons (ELC), Gaia Gardens is a five-acre organic garden with two pole barns, a heated greenhouse, two high tunnels, two walk-in coolers, three sheds, two tractors and tools and implements.
The current farmer, Joe Reynolds, is in his 11th year and will depart at the end of 2021. His tenure has been accentuated by community leadership; Reynolds served as a member and chair of the board of Georgia Organics.
“We are very sad to see Joe leave us since he, his wife Judith Winfrey and all of his employees have become an integral part of our community,” says Minvielle, who chairs ELC’s garden committee. “It will be exciting to see how Gaia Gardens will grow from fresh new ideas from a new farmer or farming-related organization and see how they steward this land.”
Minimum qualifications for the position include organic farming experience, a desire to try something unique and a willingness to collaborate with ELC’s members. ❧