Please join the Wylde Center in welcoming our newest greenspace, Mulberry Fields.
Mulberry Fields is an unique oasis in-town neighborhood of Candler Park in Atlanta. We are located down an old city alley next to 1301 Iverson St. Come through the gate and follow the path. The acre of open meadow, mulberry grove and towering old pecan trees offer an accessible green space for recreation, environmental education, community building and organic growing. The garden also shelters neighborhood hawks, owls, bluebirds and a variety of woodpecker species. In the later part of the 1800’s Mulberry Fields was part of a dairy farm, and the oldest farm house was built on the west end of the property – it still stands today.
Children and their families flock to the animal pens to visit the goats, discover the wonder of fresh eggs and play in the meadow and on the basketball court. Today there are 25 households as community garden participants. Mulberry Fields was named after a beloved goat, Mulberry. Play groups for mothers and toddlers regularly meet in the meadow. Children discover the wonder of growing their own food and learn about the life cycle of plants insects, bird’s trees and flowers.
In 2007, the land was placed in a conservation easement securing its continuity as green space and protecting it from development.
In 2016, Wylde Center assumed the management of Mulberry Fields. We are so excited to add this beautiful garden to our organization.
Mulberry Fields Site Coordinator Mary Jane Leach is thrilled to be back in the Atlanta area after many years growing gardens and local food initiatives in several locales in the Piedmont, including Davidson, NC, where she ran the farmer’s market and developed a food systems curriculum for the local middle school. With a background in nonprofit and business, she has led several local food and sustainability initiatives, most recently as part of Sustainable Jersey in the Princeton area. In her current role, she will plant more than 10,000 seeds in August and September. Since August 2015, she has enjoyed being a part of the Wylde Center’s initiative to grow an amazing variety of food plants for year-round harvest and supplying heirloom varieties alongside tried and true hybrids. Favorite vegetable to grow: Greens in the fall, winter and spring Favorite plant to grow: Zinnias Favorite place to eat: Leon’s, because of the great veggie sides