Liam Rattray Day of Service
Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
LIAM RATTRAY DAY OF SERVICE
Join Generation Green, the Georgia Conservancy, members of Atlanta's sustainability movement, urban farmers, and friends of Liam for the second annual Liam Rattray Day of Service on May 11 at the Wheat Street Gardens at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta. Arkfab, a closed loop agriculture project that Liam designed, will also have 10 spots for volunteers in the morning and 10 spots for volunteers in the afternoon to help with project construction at the Wheat Street site. These opportunities are first-come first-served! All other volunteers will be helping with various other projects for Truly Living Well's Wheat Street Gardens. All are welcome!
In May 2012, over 50 volunteers came to the Wheat Street Gardens on a rainy Saturday morning to remember our fallen comrade, 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. He co-founded Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) and laid the groundwork for Georgia Tech's campus garden, community supported agriculture program and sustainable dining committee. His reach extended well beyond the campus setting to community organizations that included 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.