The Oakhurst Community Garden Project located in Decatur since 1997 announces its new name: “Wylde Center”. As an integral part of the Atlanta community, the Wylde Center is a regional nonprofit organization which cultivates vibrant greenspaces and inspires communities of environmental stewards – a range of activities now encompassed in the new name, chosen to honor the late Sally Wylde, founder of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project.
“We are ‘Wylde’ about our new branding, and we know it captures the heart of our organization – and our founder – more carefully and thoughtfully,” said Stephanie Van Parys, executive director of the Wylde Center. “Sally’s leadership and vision inspired many of us with her creative spirit, community enthusiasm, and tireless dedication to the planet and the health of children. It means so much to be able to share her story this way, and continue the good work that she started in 1997.”
For the last fifteen years, the Wylde Center has engaged youth, families, and individuals in their environment and health within communities. Their organized programs, classes, and events develop creative skills in sustainable urban living, organic gardening, health and nutrition. The youth program has grown to be one of the largest youth service organizations in the metro-area and provides extensive youth education programs year-round focusing on developing creative skills in organic gardening as well as health and nutrition. In addition, the two managed garden sites serve as demonstration gardens, gathering spaces, and wildlife habitats. Wylde Center fosters community engagement by promoting and collaborating on programs and projects that improve and protect the environment.