Friends of English Avenue – Committed to Empowered Urban Gardening

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Friends of English Avenue (FEA)


Mark Olsen operates as an associate with J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Atlanta, where he supports various charitable causes. In addition to Habitat for Humanity and The First Tee of East Lake, Mark Olsen volunteers with the Friends of English Avenue (FEA).

Founded in response to the tragedy of 92-year-old resident Kathryn Johnston’s death, this change-focused nonprofit has spearheaded numerous crime reduction and beautification projects. The creation of public green space that encompasses playgrounds, parks, and gardens forms the basis of FEA’s reason for being.

The nonprofit maintains two urban farms, including an original English Avenue location that produced more than 2,300 pounds of organic produce in 2015, up from 1,048 pounds in 2012. The fruits and vegetables harvested are distributed directly to local residents through the English Avenue Food Co-Op Ministry. This is administered by the Lindsay Street Baptist Church, which also provided the land where the farm is situated. A second urban farm on Elm Street NW was established in 2013 and has provided empowering gardening opportunities for local people on the brink of homelessness.


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