Concrete Jungle, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, recovers the abundance of ignored, fresh produce growing in our streets, yards, and parks to meet health and nutrition needs of our homeless and food insecure population. It is well-documented that food insecure people have a higher rate of chronic disease, in part due to limited access to healthy food such as fresh fruit and vegetables. For many partner agencies, Concrete Jungle is the only consistent provider of fresh produce harvested and given at its peak ripeness (not at the end of its shelf life). Concrete Jungle began in 2009 as a volunteer-run organization and established itself as a 501(c)(3) in 2016. Since its inception, Concrete Jungle has identified and mapped 3,008 fruit trees in and around Atlanta, collected more than 161,000 pounds (over 647,000 servings) of fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute to local soup kitchens and food pantries, and added new initiatives, including education programming, an urban farm, a satellite office in Athens, and a Covid-19 grocery delivery program.
Doghead Farm is Concrete Jungle’s half acre urban farm in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. Since we started the farm in 2012, Concrete Jungle has grown more than 5,400 pounds of beets, carrots, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, radishes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, and winter squash. Volunteers help grow and harvest produce on the farm year-round.