A Landscape architect, environmental planner, former Urban Agriculture Director for the city of Atlanta, Mario Cambardella’s current project is ServeScape.net, a digital platform to enable beautiful and resilient landscapes. Launched on the first day of Spring, March 19th, 2020, ServeScape is a digital marketplace connecting independent growers with landscape professionals through a cost-efficient, customer-oriented supply chain. ServeScape partners with responsible horticulture farmers across Georgia to supply Atlanta residents with access to food-producing, pollinating, and native plants. As urban agriculture director Mario led the “AgLanta,” initiative. AgLanta is a comprehensive and systematic approach toward strengthening the local food system. Developed programs include the country’s largest municipal food forest, “Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill” and the “AgLanta Grows-A-Lot” program that converts vacant properties in USDA-defined food desert areas into food-producing spaces, and the hyperlocal food promotion program, “AgLanta Grown.”
Mario was awarded Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40 in October of ‘19 and serves on the board of the MicroLife Institute and Keep Chamblee Beautiful and member of the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects.