Sugar Creek is the free spirit of the Wylde Center greenspaces. It found it’s purpose in late 2014 as an “herban” farm. It grows production herbs for sale and has pockets of pollinators,. medicinals, and community garden beds. There are fruit trees and vines dabbled throughout and even a cool labyrinth to wander through.
Sugar Creek is meant to serve as a model for urban farming on unusable land. The space can not be used for residential or commercial buildings. The space was converted through an urban ag initiative with the City of Decatur and we continue to work with the city to make sure the land is properly cared for and maintained. The herbs that are grown there are sold to local businesses and to the surrounding community. While the site continues to flourish and grow, we will further our production to mushrooms, honey and eggs.
Sugar Creek Garden was added to the Wylde Center in 2010. Decatur resident Lindsey Mann initiated the garden with the mission to grow fresh, organic food in the city. The garden was the second Wylde Center greenspace to be established, and it was initially supported by the City of Decatur as part of its urban agriculture initiative. Now, Sugar Creek is fully funded by the Wylde Center, and in late 2014 it was decided that the focus would be on production herbs. Our herbs will be sold wholesale and distributed to local Atlanta and Decatur restaurants. The sale of the herbs help to raise funds to support the Wylde Center.
Are you an herbalist, mixologist or chef looking for something special? [email protected] for special request or to order herbs. We accept large and small orders. Sugar Creek is also home to the Sugar Creek Community Garden. There are 16 raised beds that were brought over from the former Decatur High School Community Garden. If you are interested in a plot at Sugar Creek, please contact [email protected] to be added to the wait list. Sugar Creek is a unique and interesting community space. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, yoga class or community gathering, let us know!
Sugar Creek Garden is located in the floodplain behind Oakhurst Presbyterian Church at East Lake Drive and Second Avenue (across the street from the dog park); it is at the back of the Oakhurst Presbyterian Church parking lot. It is open sun up to sun down except on Sunday mornings during church services and occasional Saturday special events. Sugar Creek is dog friendly, we just ask that you PLEASE pick up your poop.
Regular workdays are Thursdays 5-7 (March-November) and the fourth Saturday of the month from 9-Noon. The time changes depending on the season, so please visit our volunteering page for the most up-to-date workday hours. No gardening experience is necessary to participate in the workday! Just wear close-toed shoes, bring some water, and wear clothes that can get muddy. Children are welcome as long as they are under adult or parental supervision; most of our projects are suitable for gardeners of all ages, and we also have a small playground on site. If you would like to arrange for a group workday, please contact [email protected]
The Garden has 16 plots available for people from the community to grow vegetables and flowers. Basic requirements to rent a plot at the Garden includes a non-refundable $55 yearly plot fee, current Wylde Center donor membership, and a commitment to give 10 community service hours back to the Wylde Center. The plot year runs March 1-February 28. For more information or to be placed on the wait list, please contact our Greenspace Director Josh at [email protected]
Sugar Creek Site Coordinator
Joining the staff in March 2016, Jen is excited to serve as the Sugar Creek Farm and Garden Site Coordinator where she will oversee the growth and sale of a variety of herbs. Jen relocated to Atlanta with her husband and two cats last summer after living and farming in Charleston, SC for five years. While in South Carolina, Jen apprenticed on several small sustainable farms, eventually progressing to managing a small farm focused on selling vegetables, herbs, and microgreens to local restaurants. Hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jen enjoys time on the water and cheering on her alma mater, the Virginia Cavaliers. She and her husband can be found checking out local restaurants and breweries, cooking, and working on their historic Grant Park home.