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Farming with Ballers: Atlanta United Workday at Phoenix Gardens

On a sunny, breezy afternoon in April, Georgia Organics joined Atlanta United staff and players at Phoenix Gardens for a volunteer workday.  Phoenix Gardens is compact produce powerhouse operated by longtime friend and partner of Georgia Organics, Brennan Washington, his wife Gwen, and their son ToJuan.

The garden is located behind the Washington family’s home in suburban Lawrenceville. The farm is quiet and peaceful, the only noise comes from the distant highway and a few dozen chicks peeping in their coop.

Though still early in the season, Phoenix Gardens’ two hoop houses were bursting with produce and the fields were full of seedlings.  Brennan, who works with Southern SARE, was off to Washington DC the next day so there was a lot of work to do before his departure.

We planted two rows of scallions, a bed of basil, and two beds of peppers. We spread a thick layer of compost on the raised beds and sprinkled them with the Washington’s special soil amendment concoction. We put up a tall fence along the field and spread hay on the new seedlings to trap in moisture and keep the weeds at bay.  The Atlanta United players and staff got their hands dirty and learned a few farmer tricks about planting, tending chickens, and compost.

A big thanks to our friends at Atlanta United for taking a day to help an amazing farming family!

Learn more about the Washingtons and Phoenix Gardens here:

Storycorps Interview with Brennan Washington

How’d You Name that Farm? Phoenix Gardens Edition

Brennan Washington on Maximizing Profits for Small Spaces

And order some of their amazing produce and eggs for pickup here!



  1. Gilberto Valentine says:

    Do you guys accept volunteers? I would like to volunteer so that I can learn more about how aquaponic systems work.

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