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Truly Living Well Wheat Street Garden in Atlanta, Georgia

The Truly Living Well Wheat Street Garden is one of several innovative efforts that The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation are supporting to give more families access to affordable, healthy food. (Inspiring video. Mike)

Truly Living Well Camp

Susan Mittleman


ATLANTA, GA (WABE) – This Friday concludes the inaugural session of the first urban-farm camp in Atlanta. Truly Living Well manages four-acres of land in the Wheat Street Gardens, across from the Wheat Street Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta’s historic 4th Ward. WABE News has more on this unique camp smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta.

Between the sounds of chickens, sirens and the swell of the hot summer heat, children’s voices can be heard singing camp songs .. of a slightly different variety.

Camp TLW is an arm of Truly Living Well, a four-acre urban farm based downtown at the Wheat Street Gardens, in the Old Fourth Ward. Once a housing project, now it’s a pastoral setting tucked between historic black churches and the chaos of the city.

Camp Director Amakiasu Shabaka-Ford says the camp’s unique environment is a fun and educational way for kids 6-14 to spend their summer learning about organic farming and growing their own food.

“Because the garden is such a rich place for children to learn. And I’m talking eveyrthing. There’s math, writing, spelling, reading there’s literature. There’s science of course. It’s wonderful and it’s a teacher’s heaven.”

And it’s heaven for kids who live in the city and like to play in the dirt.

“My name is Gillian, I’m 11, I really like it here, It’s a lot of fun. Learning about the different plants and things.”

Mornings are spent outside, singing and drumming along with activities around the garden.

They learn about soil, and “bugs” good and bad.

What are you most excited to see grow here?

“Everything! I’m not sure what I like most… everything’s awesome. It’s amazing. It’s sooo cool…it’s so pretty and I love all the fruts and vegetables. But I have to say my favorite are the pomegranites.”

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