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Southern Conservation Trust to Partner with the Atlanta Food Initiative on The Orchard Project: Providing Fruit at Trail Heads

PEACHTREE CITY, March 8, 2017 – The Southern Conservation Trust is proud to announce their participation in The Orchard Project with the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.  The Orchard Project installs edible school and community orchards that aim to feed, teach, and inspire. “The Atlanta Local Food Initiative Orchard Project is multifaceted,” said Robby Astrove, who leads planting for The Orchard Project. “Obviously there’s a component about food access and getting more local food in the community. But there’s also harnessing the power of the fruit tree, which is the most productive, longest living form of agriculture. Creating food for decades from one simple planting is pretty incredible.” The Southern Conservation Trust is the only organization in the Southern Crescent of Atlanta to have been chosen as one of eight selected organizations and schools to receive fruit bearing plants. “We are honored to be a part of such an incredible project that provides fruit to the community,” said Katie Pace, Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust. “Fruit bearing trees and plants at the trail heads will be a unique and fun way for the community to take something healthy on their hikes, while feeding the local wildlife at the same […]

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Fayette County Based Nonprofit, the Southern Conservation Trust Conserves 3,600 Acres in December

PEACHTREE CITY, Feb 15, 2017 – The Southern Conservation Trust announces its largest increase in conserved land in the land trust’s 23-year history.  In August, the Trust had 2,800 acres under conservation – with a primary focus on the southern crescent of Atlanta.  As of Jan. 1, 2017 the Trust now holds conservation easements on 6,010 acres across the state of Georgia, including multiple coastal wetlands in the Savannah area. “Building on the organization’s strong foundation, we have been able to significantly expand our reach in the past 90 days,” said Katie Pace, who became SCT’s Executive Director in August. “Conserving land is the primary focus of the organization, and I am thrilled to have the chance to conserve an additional 3,800 acres of resource valuable land across the great state of Georgia in December.” Of the 3,600 acres conserved, 1,878 acres are historical marshlands on the Georgia coast that include multiple histortic trees on the Live Oak Registry, with the remaining acreage spread out among Henry, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Floyd, Dekalb, and Newton counties, providing much needed greenspace to communities throughout Georgia. “Moving into 2017, we are poised to work with the local community to protect additional greenspace and rivers […]

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Save the Date: SCT’s Annual Benefit June 8th, 2017

Join us for an incredible evening showcasing local chefs, farmers, and merchants. Al fresco dining, music, and auctions on a beautiful property preserved under a conservation easement. All proceeds benefit the Southern Conservation Trust. Thursday, June 8th 6pm-9pm at Scarbrough Preserve, Rowland Road, Brooks, GA. More information to come shortly.  

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