Our business is a Garden and Nursery which utilizes holistic, pesticide-free techniques to grow its produce. The Garden also serves as a site for community education on a variety of food-related affairs such as gardening techniques, growing in limited spaces, and food preparation.
In addition, the Garden holds programming to bring seniors and youth together over issues such as food equity, nutrition, and recycling. The Garden is also known for being one of the only that grows fruits and vegetables that are native to the Caribbean in Atlanta’s soil.
Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, I am a descendant of the Maroon culture and have strong family ties to farming. I come from five generations of farmers, of which both my father and grandfather farmed commercially. At the age of 14, I moved to New York and carried on her tradition and grew food in containers.
Upon visiting Atlanta for a family reunion, I fell in love with the trees and land. It didn’t take much to convince my family to relocate to the South. After moving here, I fell into disappointment with the trees that impacted my decision to move here: they were not fruit-bearing trees. In Jamaica, most trees are edible. Determined to make a change in Atlanta, I transformed my garden into a tropical wonderland. I began growing everything I could from berries, bananas, fruits, herbs, hibiscus, ginger, tropical pumpkins, and much more.
Gardening in organic soil & utilizing holistic techniques to yield larger-than-life produce, Haylene Green wants to equip families and growers with knowledge concerning food security and safety, and sustaining the environment for years to come.
When my sister started a community business in the West End of Atlanta, I began cultivating the land. This land soon became home to the West End Community Urban Garden. I grow my beautiful garden without the use of harmful pesticides. In my own words, “If the worms get to the plants before I do, I just have to eat the rest.” Throughout the years, I have mastered the method of holistic techniques of gardening in organic soil.
My goal is to teach people how to identify, grow and prepare healthy food, especially in at-risk communities. By doing so, people will be able to tackle conditions, deficiencies, and ailments that cause diseases. She also wishes to spread her knowledge of container gardening, raised beds gardening, and other methods of growing in limited spaces. I am a nurse by passion, a printer by trade, and a farmer by DNA.