Join Generation Green, the Georgia Conservancy, members of Atlanta's sustainability movement, urban farmers and friends of Liam for the third annual Liam Rattray Day of Service on Saturday, May 10 at the Wheat Street Gardens at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta.
In May 2013, over 50 volunteers came to the Wheat Street Gardens on a rainy Saturday morning to honor the memory of Liam Rattray with hard work and inspirational stories. Weeds were cleared from flower beds, seedlings were transplanted and compost was compiled in the effort to maintain the gardens at Truly Living Well, an organization and a place that was very special to Liam. Both friends of Liam and those inspired by his hard work and dedication to sustainability and improving the urban environment joined together in this first annual service project.
Liam grew up in Atlanta and was one of the city's most promising young environmental leaders. In his sophomore year at Georgia Tech, Liam founded Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) and laid the groundwork for Tech's campus garden, community supported agriculture program and sustainable dining committee. His reach extended well beyond the campus setting to community organizations that include Georgia Organics, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, East Atlanta Farmers Market, Truly Living Well Farms, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and many more.
On Memorial Day 2011, just weeks after graduating from Georgia Tech's Honors Program with his bachelor’s degree in public policy, Liam was killed by a drunk driver in Little Five Points while on his moped. This loss was a stunning blow to Atlanta's sustainability community and all the people whose lives Liam touched.
Join us in honoring his memory.
Arkfab, a closed loop agriculture project that Liam designed, will also have 10 spots for volunteers to help with project construction at the Wheat Street site. These opportunities are first-come, first-served, so register to help with Arkfab while you still can! All other volunteers will be helping with weeding and other projects throughout Wheat Street Gardens. Please stop by anytime!
If you got 'em, bring 'em - work gloves and water bottles. Tools will be provided.
Participation is free and we encourage you to invite friends and family!
View photos of last year's day of service: