Isia Cooper

Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet
561 McWilliams Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

Isia Cooper was born on November 25, 1980 and grew up in Riverdale, GA. She first put her energy into hospice care, where her interest in healthcare and wellness led her to a transformative time staying on a farm in North Carolina. She soon felt drawn back to Atlanta with an interest of gettingĀ deeper connected to her home foodways. Her first endeavor back home was teaching classes at the Living Foods Institute. In her late twenties, Isia met her partner, Chris Clinton, and they found a small property in South Atlanta and began building their piecemeal farm, Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet. This name resonated with them in part because it reflects the tenacity of their neighborhood and in part, because foraging the weeds that push up through the asphalt is a fundamental value of their farm that they believe can deeply connect humans to the multitude of what Earth can provide. Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet currently sells at the East Atlanta Village, the Grant Park Farmers Markets, local restaurants, and leads classes about foraging in Atlanta, Georgia.

Date of interview:

October 14, 2016

Interviewer:

Jenna Mobley & Bang Tran

Photographer:

Jenna Mobley


We yearn for something that is more entrenched in our community and our community values, like knowing your neighbor. And part of what sustains those things are these small markets, coming out and talking to your farmer, all these little daily rituals that create that smaller sense of community.

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