Wed., March 23, 2011 12:23pm (EDT)

First Downtown Garden in Atlanta
By Kristen McCrae
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Atlanta Urban Garden opening ceremony on March 23, 2011 (photo taken by Kristen McCrae).
The Atlanta Urban Garden opening ceremony on March 23, 2011 (photo taken by Kristen McCrae).
A 24-raised-bed community garden opened today in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The 2-and-a-half acre vegetable garden is near Centennial Olympic Park.

Homeless people from the nearby Atlanta Mission will plant, tend, and harvest the plants.

Mission CEO Jim Reese says it's always been a challenge to provide the homeless with nutritious food, but the garden's goal is even bigger.

"We hope that we'll look back and see this created a spark of the ability to truly end homelessness in Atlanta, and that people coming together got a chance to do that."

The Mission is Atlanta's oldest homeless shelter.