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Common Ground hosts 3rd Mayoral Town Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 July 2010 12:08

Common Ground is proud to be presenting our 3rd Town Hall Meeting this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at Cine in downtown Athens.

Athens is home to arguably one of the greatest Farmers Markets in the state, our region is full of wonderful organic farms, and our city is one of the states poorest. This combination leaves many of us searching for solutions to our food security problems. Urban farming and hunger are on the minds of many Athenians, this is why Common Ground has chosen FOOD (and LOCAL FOOD!) to be the topic at our upcoming Mayoral Town Hall Meeting.

Come to hear what the candidates for Mayor of Athens have to say about these issues, and ask your own questions of the candidates at this forum. We will have roughly an hour of questions we have gathered from our food community (Athens Farm to School, Athens Farmers Market, PLACE, and more), and the last hour is shaped by you!

The Q and A will be followed by a meet and greet with the candidates catered by Food Not Bombs and Daily Groceries. Be a part of this process, and learn for yourself who you would like to see as our next mayor.

Sponsors include: Athens Food and Culture, Athens Farmers Market, Backyard Harvest, Cedar Grove Farm, Daily Co-op, Dancing Sprout Farm, Farm 255, The Grit, Honey's Salon, Athens Locally Grown, The National, Roots Farm, Verdae Skin Therapy, Veribest Farm.


Common Ground Athens Mayoral Town Hall
Saturday July 10th
1-3 pm
Athens Cine 234 Hancock Avenue
Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2010 20:18
Mayoral candidates get their hands dirty on environmental issues PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 07:20

April's Mayoral Town Hall Meeting at Lay Park was a great success.  With a crowd of 70+ Athenians, including many new faces, we got down to some important issues regarding the sustainability of Athens.  We received some great press following the event including a brief wrap-up by Mary Kay Mitchell on WUGA!  For a video of the event check out or you can read the article in the Athens Banner-Herald at to get an overview of sorts.

Many questions were submitted regarding food issues, so we are sure that our next Town Hall on Local Food in July will be a great one!  If you'd like to get involved in the planning, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 07:38
Farmers' Market Grand Opening a Grand Success PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:46

As you loyal readers already know, the Athens Farmers' Market LLC: Local and Sustainable official grand opening celebration was held this past Saturday (May 17th) at Bishop Park. And as anyone who attended knows, it was a celebration indeed. The ten local farms that participated succeeded in selling all of their produce before the market closed for the day—not that that dissuaded the steady flow of traffic into the market. Other Farmers' Market supporters and participants include Luna Bread Company, 1000faces Coffee, and a plethora of local artists and craftspeople to showcase their home-made jewelry, soaps, paintings, and so on. After all was said and done, the Athens Farmers' Market saw about 2,600 eager customers.

Not only was Saturday a good day for local farmers; it marked the beginning of what will hopefully be a permanent staple of Athens culture, finally quenching the communal thirst for deliciously local produce that has overwhelmed similar projects in the past. The Athens community has been very supportive of the market and shows high hopes for its future. The Athens Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bishop Park. Come next Saturday (May 24th) and show your supports for locally-grown, sustainable goods.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:57
Common Ground hosts Mayoral Town Hall on Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 April 2010 08:36

This Saturday, April 10th, you can find Common Ground at Lay Park. Spurred by the success of January’s Town Hall, we’ll be doing our darndest to shake things up in the upcoming Mayoral race. We’ll ask tough questions on environmentalism and sustainability at a Town Hall style meeting designed to create the dialog we know you want to hear this election season.

Please come this Saturday with all of your love for our great city. We will be soliciting questions from attendees to be asked of the Mayoral Candidates. This could be your chance to find out how the candidates stand on issues important to you.

Come see Nancy Denson, Charlie Maddox, Brandon Shinholser, Spencer Frye, and Glenn Stegall share their views for confronting the issues this Saturday, April 10th, from 11am-1pm at the Lay Park Gymnasium. An informal meet and greet will follow in the Lay Park playground with food for sale from the Daily Co-op.

April 10th 2010 from 11am-1pm

Lay Park Gymnasium on Hoyt Street in Downtown Athens

Suggested donation of $3-5


Sponsors for this event include:

1000 Faces Coffee, Best Home Services, Daily Groceries Co-op, Full Circle Real Estate Group, Honey’s Salon, OneWorld Sustainable, Koons Environmental Design Inc., and A Small Green Footprint.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:33
Students Tapped For Nonprofit Leadership Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2008 12:36

Brent Buice of BikeAthens meets with participants Fidel Agbor, Meghan Marino, and Katie VandegriftOn Tuesday, April 1, the selected participants and projects in this summer's Common Ground Internship Consortium were honored at the Common Ground Athens resource center in downtown Athens. These Georgia students were selected for the Consortium, which provides an intensive, summer-long training and internship experience to prepare tomorrow's leaders in the nonprofit sector.

America's nonprofits are facing a leadership crisis, as recent studies have found that between 45 and 78 percent of nonprofit executive directors plan on leaving their jobs in the next several years. As baby boomers look towards retirement, the resulting gap has led many in the nonprofit sector to call for an increased emphasis upon attracting and developing new leaders in nonprofit organizations.

Common Ground is meeting this challenge by hosting the Consortium, which matches eight undergraduate students with projects from three of its affiliate organizations. Working together in office space at Common Ground's resource center, the participants will learn from the project leaders, Common Ground mentors, each others' experiences, and guest nonprofit leaders from the Athens community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2008 16:50
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