There's a seven-acre farm in Atlanta, Georgia, where residents can walk into a forest, take a deep breath, and begin picking crops right off the land for dinner. Originally a pecan farm, the Food Forest at Browns Mill contains 2,500 edible and medicinal plants available for anyone in need. It's only 10 minutes from Atlanta airport, and the nearest grocery store for area residents is a 30-minute bus ride away.
Browns Mill is one of a growing number of free food forests cropping up around the country, and citizens and organizations attempt to grapple with problems of hunger and food deserts. In Atlanta, about 125,000 people live in areas defined as food deserts, based on their distance from grocery stores.