The Energy and Sustainability research group is part of the Green Phoenix Initiative, led by a team of Georgia Tech students and faculty and Truly Living Well with support from The Ford Motor Company Fund at The Wheat Street Garden in the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta. The Green Phoenix initiative will help realize The City of Atlanta’s ambitious “Power to Change” sustainability plan and its commitment to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75% of all residents by 2020.
The Truly Living Well (TLW) Center for Natural Urban Agriculture's Wheat Street Garden is a not for profit four acre demonstration and training urban farm located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood four blocks from downtown Atlanta. The site is located across the street from the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and was the previous site of the first black-owned public housing development in the United States.
The site is located across the street from the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 2008 the City of Atlanta decided to demolish the housing and the land lay vacant for several years until Truly Living Well approached the Wheat Street Baptist Church to lease the site for an urban farm in 2010.
In the Spring of 2011 the farm began operations. The Wheat Street Garden conducts educational workshops and trainings while cultivating an active market garden. Compost is produced on site from vegetable scraps collected from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market located down the street. The Garden is host to a weekly farmers market and is open to the public.