Doghead Farm is our urban farm in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. It may be less than one acre but it produces literal TONS of food. Since we started the farm in 2012, we’ve grown 5,383 pounds of beets, carrots, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, radishes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips and winter squash.
Throughout the year, we have farm workdays every other Saturday from 10 AM- 12 PM. These are a great opportunity to get your sweat on, learn a little bit about growing food, meet new people all while helping us to produce more food for Atlanta’s homeless and hungry. And in the summer, we have farm happy hours every other Monday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Doghead farm serves as an example of the amazing growing climate and rich soil of Atlanta. The land once was a home up until the 1970’s and after the home was destroyed, the land quickly became overrun with kudzu. And that’s how we found it in 2012, a literal kudzu jungle.
But with many enthusiastic friends and volunteers, we transformed the land into a farm. And since then, we’ve come up with some innovative systems to deal with the challenges of running a farm entirely on volunteer labor, once a week and with no water.
One of our most effective methods has been the permaculture technique of hugelkultur — which as the site points out, is “pretty much nothing more than buried wood.” The wood soaks up loads of water, and creates air pockets and releases lots of Good Stuff into the soil as it decomposes. Sold.
After 5 seasons of growing on the land, we’ve nailed down what grows well there (like turnips and radishes) and what doesn’t (beets and peppers) and we focus our effort on what can help us to provide the most food pantries and shelters.
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