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E.M.B.A.R.C. Community Youth Farm: $1.4M Project Being Developed In DeKalb County

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran Johnson joins "Closer Look" to discuss how a new state-of-the-art youth farm will provide more than food and employment opportunities.
DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran Johnson joins "Closer Look" to discuss how a new state-of-the-art youth farm will provide more than food and employment opportunities.
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DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran Johnson says there aren’t enough meaningful programs for youths, and she’s hoping that the new youth farm that’s being developed in DeKalb County will respond to the growing need and also combat food insecurity.

“It’s really time in our communities that we see change,” said Cochran Johnson on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” as she was speaking about the $1.4 million farm named the Education, Market, Botanicals, Agriculture and Recreational Center (E.M.B.A.R.C.) Community Youth Farm.

In April, developers broke ground on the farm that will be located in Lithonia at the former 58-acre Bransby Outdoor YMCA at the Rock Chapel site.

Some of the farm features will include a greenhouse, an interactive bee farm, a hen house and structured youth entrepreneurship training.

During the conversation, the commissioner discussed with show host Rose Scott how the farm will provide more than jobs and food to community members.

She also talked about the progress of the phased project, funding and why she hopes the model for the state-of-the-art farm will be adopted across the country. 

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.