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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Isia Cooper


Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet

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 getting 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:
2016-10-14

Interviewer:
Jenna Mobley & Bang Tran

Photographer:
Jenna Mobley

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