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A farmer fled violence in Myanmar to start over in Atlanta. After a destructive flood, he’s starting over again.
Ceu had farmed rice and corn in the Chin state of Myanmar since he was 14. As violence escalated, Ceu fled when he was 36, seeking refuge with his wife and four children in Atlanta. The following year, he discovered Global Growers.
A few blocks south of the Lakewood amphitheater at the end of a dead-end street, something unexpected is sprouting: rows upon rows of certified organic kale and collards and beets (and, come summer, tomatoes and eggplants and okra).
Mayor Kasim Reed has grand ambitions for Atlanta—high-tech incubators, for instance. But his administration has another, more prosaic goal: to reconnect the city with Georgia’s agrarian roots.