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Growings On Class Program Summer 2013

wyldecenter.org We are participating in the 2013 Metropolitan Combined Federal Campaign CFC# 47655

435 Oakview Road Decatur, GA 30030

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CLASSES . WORKSHOPS

GROWINGS ON

COMMUNITY LEARNING SERIES FOR ADULTS, YOUTH AND CHILDREN What is Growings On? Growings On is the name of our class series that focuses on sustainable life skills such as animal husbandry, gardening, cooking, and art. Brought to you by a talented group of teachers, you will have a great time adding new skills to your life.

As a Wylde Center member, do I receive discounts on classes? Yes, you do! As a thank you for supporting the Wylde Center, formerly the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, we hope you will take advantage of the discounts we offer on classes, event rentals, and birthday parties.

How do I register? a. Register online at wyldecenter.org and click on classes b. Email Andrea@wyldecenter.org for assistance or questions about classes. c. You may mail check a week or more in advance to 435 Oakview Rd. Decatur, GA 30030 Attention Andrea Zoppo with name of classes, email and phone number. Make your check out to Wylde Center.

Who can take classes? Everyone! We offer classes for ages 2 up to 102! cover photos by Laurin Sephos

2013 LIVING THE GREEN LIFE The Wylde Center, Dekalb County Public Library System, and the City of Decatur have teamed up for another year to offer FREE CLASSES on a variety of sustainable topics. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR CLASSES EXCEPT THE COMPOST WKSHP AT THE OAKHURST GARDEN. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030 For more information about this series visit our website wyldecenter.org

Snapshot Plant your First Fall Vegetable Garden Monday, August 19, 10-11:30 For first time gardeners ,or those transitioning over to organic methods of vegetable gardening. Join Stephanie Van Parys, Executive Director of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and learn about fall vegetables and herbs you can enjoy all season. Included are tips for success!

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How to Water Your Garden When the Well is Dry Saturday, September 7, 10-11am Join Paul Morgan of the rainharvestcompany.com and we’ll learn how the expanding fresh water shortage in North Georgia is going to impact you, your community and your garden. As Prices for municipal water continue to rise, we need be prepared for stricter regulations on using potable water for outdoor uses like irrigation and gardening! Paul will cover the basics of alternative methods to save water and money.


Quails are Easy! Intro to Keeping Quail Saturday, September 15, 10-11:30pm 5 PERSON MINIMUM AND ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT WYLDECENTER.ORG $15 members, $20 non members class.

GROWINGS ON Community L earning Series for A dults, Youth & Children

Chickens are Easy! Intro to Keeping Chickens Saturday, August 10, 10-12pm $15 members, $20 non members Join The Celtic Gardener, Anne-Marie Anderson, for our popular chicken crash course. This class will cover the basics of coop design, relevant ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding and outside resources. Anne-Marie is a local keeper of an “urban flock," Chair of the October 5 & 6 Urban Coop Tour, and enjoys spreading the word about sustainable gardening and urban farming. The last 30 min of the class is Q&A

Intro to Beekeeping Saturday, November 9 , 2-4pm $25 Garden member, $30 non-members Join our Bee Team Leader, Cassandra Lawson, and she will share her knowledge on bee-ing a beekeeper. Learn the basics: Best location to set up a hive, when to order bees and from whom, where do you find your materials. Talk about must have tools. This class is suited for beginner beekeepers and curious bee lovers. Cassandra will share wisdom to save you money, keep happy productive bees, and stay safe.

Geomancy: Communicating with Earth's Consciousness; a Practice of Stewardship and Spirituality Saturday, June 1, 10-11:30am $12 Garden Members, $15 non members Location: Sugar Creek Garden Enjoy a beautiful garden and join Lindsey Mann of Sustenance Design, in this exciting new class about geomancy. The earth communicates with us in many ways. We are designed to have a deeper relationship with our planet. Ecology's Gaia hypothesis teaches us that the earth is a living organism, all is connected, and geomancy takes this a step further by merging spirituality with ecology and recognizing that all life is infused with consciousness. This class will focus on techniques to open our awareness to the multi-dimensional earth and participants are invited to directly experience communication with the earth in this way.

BEEKEEPING & ANIMAL HUSBANDRY How to keep your Hive balanced: Essentials for Hot Weather Beekeeping Saturday, August 17, 10:30- 12pm $15 members, $20 non members When it is hot the pests may try to conquer your hive. Join Cassandra Lawson, our Bee Team Leader, in this important class on how to keep a healthy balanced ecosystem within the hive. The most effective control against hive beetles is maintaining colony strength. Learn the tips, tricks, and methods of keeping a strong hive from an experienced and successful bee keeper.

Intro to Beekeeping Saturday, September 28, 10-12pm $25 Garden member, $30 non-members Join our Bee Team Leader, Cassandra Lawson, and she will share her knowledge on bee-ing a beekeeper. Learn the basics: Best location to set up a hive, when to order bees and from whom, where do you find your materials. Talk about must have tools. This class is suited for beginner beekeepers and curious bee lovers. Cassandra will share wisdom to save you money, keep happy productive bees, and stay safe.

GARDENING NATURE & URBAN FARMING Know your Plants & Weeds: Plant ID 101 Saturday, June 8, 3-5pm $15 Wylde Center Member, $20 Non Member Join Kevin Frazier and learn to identify plants and weeds. Kevin has been working with the land for the past 12 years throughout Northern Ga, starting with Landscape design and installation and Nursery production and has shifted his focus to implementing Ecological landscapes with Shades of Green Inc. a Decatur based Ecological Design and Permaculture education business, and he's also sharing his time with another Atlanta based venture at 5th Kingdom cultivating Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. Bring an empty photo album or an old book and some notecards and a pen to catalog samples of leaves for the students to refer to later.

Free Living Green Compost Workshop for the Entire Family Session 1: Saturday, June 15, 2013 9am-10am Session 2: Saturday, June 15, 2013 11am-12pm Join the staff of the Wylde Center and learn the real dirt about composting! Families will rotate through hands-on learning stations. Participants will be trained on how to take care of a pile and what do you do with the compost once it is finished. RSVP required. Contact Andrea@ wyldecenter.org with Compost WKSHP in subject line by June 11, 8pm with your email, phone number, number of participants and your choice of session 1 or session 2.

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5 PERSON MINIMUM AND ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT WYLDECENTER.ORG Edible Gardening Featuring the Edgewood Community Learning Garden Saturday, June 15, 10-12pm $5 Wylde Center Members, $10 Non Members Location: 503 Hardee Street, Atlanta, GA 30307 Join Garden Manager Monica Ponce and check out the new vegetable beds and fruit patch at the Edgewood Community Learning Garden! This class will be an introduction to the basics of growing delicious fresh summer fruits and vegetables. Topics will include preparing a bed for mid-late summer crops, installing transplants, harvesting, some pest control, and watering techniques. Please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and gloves.

Create Your Own Vertical Garden! Wednesday, July 10, 7-8:30pm $50 Wylde Center Members, $55 Non Members From Martha Stewart to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, everybody is making Vertical Gardens and now you can too! Join Kurt Straudt of southeastsucculents.com and see how a simple frame is transformed into a beautiful vertical living garden that is a joy to view and share. You will decorate your own 12'' X 12'' wooden frame and fill it with colorful succulents for a one-of-kind piece of living art that will grow and change for years to come. A variety of succulents will be provided. This is a material intensive class AND you must register 1 week in advance so we can get frames built.

Build a Rain Barrel and Save on Your Water Bill Wednesday, July 17, 7-8pm $35 Wylde Center member, $40 non-members Join the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) and learn how to make your own rain barrel in this hands-on workshop. Collecting rain water in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce your water bill. During the workshop, you will be instructed on rain barrel set-up and maintenance, water conservation landscaping, and learn about why rain harvesting is especially important. All supplies included! This type of rain barrel may normally cost over $100. Thanks to CRK and friends, we can offer this class at cost. If you have one- bring a drill and eye protection. This is a material intensive class. Please register by July 15, as we must have a minimum of 12 community members registered to hold the class. All participants will receive a one-year membership to CRK.

Make Your Own Succulent Dish Garden Sunday, July 28 2-3:30pm $30 Wylde Center Members, $35 Non Members Join Kurt Straudt of southeastsucculents.com and learn how to make beautiful succulents arrangements! Save money and be able to make special gifts for friends and family. The cost of this class includes everything (soil, plants, decorative stones or moss) except the container. Reuse an old dish garden container or some great yard-sale find! Just about anything will do, however succulents are easier to care in containers that have a drain hole (a lot easier to not over-water).

Create A Living Wreath with Succulents Sunday August 11, 2:00pm-3:30pm $50 Wylde Center Members, $55 for nonmembers Join one of our favorite teachers Kurt Straudt , of Southeast Succulents, for a fun hour and a half of creating a living wreath to put on display at your house. Each person will leave with a simple, yet elegant creation that can last for years!!! All materials provided.

Sow Seeds for your Fall Garden Wednesday, August 21, 7 – 9 p.m. $20 Garden member, $25 non-members Get the most out of our long growing season with fall gardening. Join our Director Stephanie Van Parys and she will show you how to start from the ground up. This class will teach you how to prep your soil, sow your seeds, and give you tips on how to keep those little sprouts happy. Please bring any containers in which you would like to sow seeds: recyclables such as milk or juice jugs or boxes, margarine or yogurt tubs, 4 or 5" nursery containers or cell packs and a box to tote your containers home.

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Fall Gardening Is the Easiest! Grow an Abundant Fall Garden Wednesday, August 14, 7 – 9 p.m. $15 Garden member, $20 non-members Fall is cooler and wetter than the summer and veggies love it! If you are new to gardening or new to fall gardening in GA this is the class for you. Don’t end the joy of gardening with the first frost of fall. Get the most out of our long growing season. Join our Director Stephanie Van Parys and she will share with you the basics of starting this fall or transitioning your summer garden to a bountiful late fall and winter vegetable garden! This class will discuss tips for successful overwintering of vegetables.

Urban Micro Farming an Atlanta Treasure: The Four Mile Farmlet at the Lake Claire Land Trust Saturday, July 13, 10:30-12:30pm $15 for Wylde Center Members, $20 Non Members Location: 280 Arizona Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Parking available at Clifton Sanctuary 369 Connecticut Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307 Join Breman James, Farmlet Manager, at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust for an indepth guided tour of the growing edible gardens of this truly tucked away Atlanta treasure. For over 25 years, the land trust has inspired generations to share the joy of communal green space. This class will give you an inside look into the various features like ponds, animal habitats for ducks and emu, and spaces to produce food. Bring a lunch, picnic together, and taste some of the fresh organic veggies growing in this inspiring urban oasis. Edible Gardening Featuring the Oakhurst Garden Tuesday, July 30, 7-9pm $10 Wylde Center Member, $15 Non Member Join Head Gardener JC Hines and get an inside look at our urban mini-farm at the Oakhurst Garden. Topics will include preparing a bed for late summer and fall crops, cover crops, installing transplants, harvesting, some pest control, and watering techniques. Please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and gloves.

Living Green Class- Snapshot Plant your First Fall Vegetable Garden Monday, August 19, 10-11:30am FREE Location: Decatur Library 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030 Join Stephanie Van Parys, Executive Director of the Wylde Center, and learn about fall vegetables and herbs that you can enjoy throughout the fall season. Learn tips for success and abundance for first time gardeners, or those transitioning over to organic methods of vegetable gardening.

Make Your Own Succulent Dish Garden Wednesday August 28, 7-8:30pm $30 Wylde Center Members, \$35 Non Members Join Kurt Straudt of southeastsucculents.com and learn how to make beautiful succulents arrangements! Save money and be able to make special gifts for friends and family. The cost of this class includes everything (soil, plants, decorative stones or moss) except the container. Reuse an old dish garden container or some great yard-sale find! Just about anything will do, however succulents are easier to care in containers that have a drain hole (a lot easier to not over-water).


5 PERSON MINIMUM AND ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT WYLDECENTER.ORG Bare Facts: Garden Cover Crops Wednesday, September 4, 7 - 8:30pm $15 Wylde Center Member, $20 Non-Member Cover crops are the best way to improve the health of your soil! Join the gardening duo Stephanie Van Parys and Rob Cleveland to discover how you can improve your garden soil between plantings - year round. Cover crops can recycle and add nutrients to your soil, suppress weeds, improve water retention and attract beneficial insects. No matter what size your garden is, you can use this fantastic organic technique to enrich and protect your garden soil. Students will leave this class with the knowledge required to start using cover crops in their own gardens and a sample of seeds to get started.

Living Green Class - How to Water Your Garden When the Well is Dry Saturday, September 7, 10-11am FREE Location: Decatur Library 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030 Join Paul Morgan of the rainharvestcompany. com and we'll learn how the expanding fresh water shortage in North Georgia is going to impact you, your community and your garden. As Prices for municipal water continue to rise, we need be prepared for stricter regulations on using potable water for outdoor uses like irrigation and gardening! Paul will cover the basics of alternative methods to save water and money.

Not a Pest -Soldier Flies are Best: The Champions of Compost Saturday, September 14, 10-12pm $15 Wylde Center Member, $20 Non Member Get an inside look at the awesome power of the Black Soldier Fly and its larvae. Join VĂŠronique Perrot, evolutionary biologist and long-time Atlanta gardener, to get acquainted with this natural resident of our backyards. Learn to harness the power of the Black Soldier Fly to transform kitchen waste into high quality chicken feed and excellent compost in a few weeks. This class is of special interest for chicken keepers looking to reduce their feed bills, and backyard compostors trying to understand what happens to their compost pile during the course of the year.

Create Stunning Garden Containers from Hypertufa Wednesday, September 18 , 7-9pm $30 Wylde Center Members, $35 Non Members Join local artisan and succulent specialist Kurt Straudt of southeastsucculents.com and learn about how to make stunning garden containers from the stone-like material with the funny name-HYPERTUFA! Bring leaves for impressions, colorful stones and small objects to add extra decoration. We also ask that you bring containers to be used as molds. You will take home 2-3 projects: bowl, dish, small trough, small statuette or something uniquely your own. This class will equip you to take your garden to the next level with these unique artful containers. These beautiful pots make great gifts as well!

Build a Rain Barrel and Save on Your Water Bill Wednesday, September 11, 7-8pm $35 Wylde Center member, $40 non-members Join the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) and learn how to make your own rain barrel in this hands-on workshop at the Oakhurst Garden. Collecting rain water in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce your water bill. During the workshop, you will be instructed on rain barrel set-up and maintenance, water conservation landscaping, and learn about why rain harvesting is especially important. All supplies included! This type of rain barrel could cost over $100. Thanks to CRK and friends, we can offer this class at cost. If you have- bring a drill and eye protection. Please register by September 9. All participants will receive a one-year membership to CRK. Creating an Abundant Garden Paradise with an In-depth Tour of an English Garden Saturday, September 28, 1-3pm $20 Wylde Center Members, $25 Non Members Location: 215 Clarion Ave Decatur, GA 30030 Learn to make use every inch of your yard for beauty, food and relaxation during a personal tour of the abundant garden of Anne-Marie Anderson, The Celtic Gardener. Graze on food plants while exploring how to make nature your partner and ally: using materials generated on site, incorporating chickens for waste disposal and compost, and bees for pollination and honey. The tour will include advice on making the most of steep slopes, full sun, full shade and removing invasive species. DeKalb county master gardener and certified beekeeper Anne-Marie's gardens were featured on the 2013 Decatur Garden Tour. She speaks regularly to local groups about edibles, natives, Southern heirloom plants, chickens and beekeeping

FOOD HEALTH & WELLNESS Simply Delicious Canning & Freezing your Fruit and Vegetables Saturday, June 22, 2-4:30pm $35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members Canning and freezing are great ways to preserve the food you grow or purchase from your local farmer. Remove the mystery and fear out of preserving your food using the boiling water bath & pressure cooking methods of canning. Class is hands on, so bring your apron and your knives. Learn about the equipment you need, the process, and cautions to make it totally safe. We will also talk about freezing food and how to do that safely.

Make Delicious Dairy-Free Butter, Cream and Milk! Saturday, July 20, 10:30am-12:30am $25 Wylde Center Members, $30 Non Members Join Nnenne Onyioha-Clayton, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Educator, and learn to create sumptuous vegan butter, cream and milk in different sweet and savory flavors. Participants will cover how to make basic vegan butter, vegan sour cream and nut milk. Nnenne also explains exactly why reducing your dairy intake is a smart health move. You will never miss butter or the side-effects of dairy again!

Solar Hot Water Basics Saturday, August 10, 10-12pm $10 Wylde Center Member, $15 Non Member Join Les Dell as he shares with you the basics of Solar hot water. Les is a NABCEP certified solar thermal installer and owner of Metro Solar Inc. Metro Solar is a complete solar sales and installation company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their goal is to help customers save money and reduce their dependence on utilities. Solar hot water is one of the most efficient and cost effective forms of renewable energy.

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5 PERSON MINIMUM AND ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT WYLDECENTER.ORG

Simply Delicious Series at the Decatur Recreation Center This August the Wylde Center, in partnership with the Decatur Recreation Center, begins a new series of cooking classes called Simply Delicious! Focusing on seasonal produce and pallets, local chefs guide participants through easy scrumptious recipes in a beautiful newly renovated kitchen in downtown Decatur. The Wylde Center chefs Jennifer Weissman, Jerilynn Bedingfield, and Charli Vogt are passionate about health and flavor. Their backgrounds are based in this love and the belief that food is not just a necessity but can bring people together in celebration of the season and the body. Weissman is a health educator, a school food advocate, and a baker while Bedingfield, avid gardener, loves cooking what she grows as well as being an herbal enthusiast. Vogt is a registered nurse, health coach, long time Wylde Center teacher and believes that food can be a key healing force. Simply Delicious Canning Class Thursday, August 22, 7-9pm $35 Wylde Member, $40 for non-members Location: Decatur Recreation Center - 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA. Join the Wylde Center chef team in a beautiful kitchen.

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Simply Delicious Late Summer Harvest – Italian Style Tuesday, September 3, 7-9pm $30 Wylde Member, $35 for non-members Location: Decatur Recreation Center - 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA. Summer gardens provide the staples of many Italian meals including tomatoes, zucchini, basil and more. We’ll use the summer harvest to prepare an Italian feast featuring bruschetta, pesto, and fresh tomato sauce. Join the Wylde Center chef team in a beautiful kitchen.

Free Cooking Demo & Tastings: Simply Delicious Open House Tuesday, August 20, 7-9pm Location: Decatur Recreation Center 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA Welcome to the renovated kitchen at rec center. Join the Wylde Center team behind the new cooking series called Simply Delicious. They will share some seasonal recipes and tastings featuring local foods. Simply Delicious: Let's Make Fermented Foods (Sauerkraut, chutney, kefir, kim chi) Tuesday, September 17, 7-9pm $30 for Garden members, $35 for non-members Location: Decatur Recreation Center - 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA. Every culture has foods that are fermented or "pickled". Learn the process. Fermented food helps your body stay healthy and assists in digesting other food. Join the Wylde Center chef Charli Vogt in a beautiful kitchen. Come prepared to cut up your own cabbage to make sauerkraut in this hands on participatory class. Bring your own quart jars in which to take your ferments home.

Fantastic Raw 5-Minute Menus For The Family: Coco Bliss Balls, Shakes, Coconut Coleslaw and more! Saturday, June 15, 11-12:30pm $20 Wylde Center Members, $25 Non Members. Parents and Children are invited to learn and create a nutritious meal together with Nnenne Onyioha-Clayton, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Educator, using a healthy every day ingredients you can easily find in the garden, farmers’ market or health food store. Kids are guaranteed to love these fun, tasty, and nutritious fiveminute menus, but not as much as their parents will! We will not only be making these dishes but also enjoying them freshly-made! Meuu Items will be from this list: Super Veggie Rolls, Avocado Nut Feast , Fruit Shakes, Coco Bliss Balls, Coconut Coleslaw, Raw “gnocchi” with Basil & Tomato sauce


5 PERSON MINIMUM AND ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT WYLDECENTER.ORG Family FUN Making Healthy Treats For your Doggy Pal: Behind the Scenes at the Bakery Saturday, June 22, 10:30-11:45am Garden Members $10, Non-members $15 Location: Taj Ma Hound Bakery in Oakhurst at 707 D East Lake Drive Decatur, GA 30030 Join Krista Aversano, owner Taj Mahound in Oakhurst, as she shows your family how to make all natural dog biscuits in fun shapes and designs. Taj Ma Hound is a local bakery and they focus on quality treats with beautiful decorations. Parents/Adults must accompany children 6 and under. Class includes all supplies. You will leave the class with treats to share with your doggy pal and the knowledge of how to make healthy treats to keep your pet happy! To learn more check out tajmahound.com .

Terrific Tomatoes Workshop for Kids Saturday, June 29, 10-11:15 am $10 Wylde Center Members, $15 Non Members Grow and enjoy these amazingly versatile fruits! To begin with, we will explore the culinary history and surprising nutritional benefits of the tomato, the “love apple�. Participants will be shown how to save tomato seeds, grow them and harvest them in order to fully appreciate their life-cycle. In the second half of the class, you will be shown some wonderful tomato-based recipes to make with your harvest. Come and enjoy this trip through time with Nnenne. Parents may stay and participate or drop off kids ages 6+.

Wylde Center Urban Farm Camp at Edgewood Community Learning Garden 5 sessions from 9-2:30pm beginning on the following dates June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 $200 Wylde Center Members, $220 Non Members Location: ECLG is located at 1503 Hardee Street, Atlanta, GA 30307 This year's summer camp will provide an intensive and creative learning experience centered around urban agriculture. Ages 5-11 are welcome and session sizes are capped at 15 to ensure all children receive maximum interaction during activities that range from planting seeds and harvesting vegetables, to creating art and garden ornaments. Special activities will include learning about the secret life of bees and chickens for the younger kids and opportunity to make fresh cheese from local milk and candles from bee's wax for older children. Local Master Gardener's, Chefs, and urban agricultural experts will teach children a variety of topics to include gardening basics, cooking with vegetables, and environmental awareness. Advance registration is required 1 week before each session is begins.

A look back at some of our classes

Kids Gardening classes

Make Dog treats

Succulent Wreath Making

Rain barrel wkshps

Chicken Classes

Medicine Making Classes

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HIGHLIGHTS

WYLDE CENTER IS GROWING

In 2012, the Wylde Center doubled the number of gardens it manages from 2 to 4 gardens - Oakhurst Garden, Sugar Creek Garden, Hawk Hollow Garden, and the Edgewood Community Learning Garden. Now with a presence in both Decatur and Atlanta, the gardens are a place to gather, garden, educate, and experience life in a natural setting. All gardens are free and open to the public.

Oakhurst Garden 435 Oakview Road, Decatur

Sugar Creek is a one acre garden leased to the Wylde Center by the City of Decatur. Since April of 2010, the garden focuses on access to fresh, healthy food to all residents of Decatur. The garden hosts “farm-like” rows for growing annual vegetables, tended by the community and aimed at production. It also hosts fruit trees, shrubs and brambles, perennial vegetables and a medicinal herb meadow.

Sugar Creek Garden located behind the Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur

Hawk Hollow Garden 2304 1st Avenue Atlanta, GA 30317

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Our latest garden as of August 2012, the Edgewood Community Learning Garden will be enjoyed both by the community and the local schools. Whitefoord Elementary and Coan Middle School students will garden, eat what they grow and learn about environmental stewardship at the at the ECLG. Wylde Center staff are working with a local foundation to manage the greenspace and provide dynamic programming.

Chickens, bees, butterflies, owls, fish…. vegetables, fruit, flowers! Celebrating 15 years since its founding in 1997, the Oakhurst Garden is loved and visited by many (5,000 visitors per year). Sitting at the corner of Oakview Road and South McDonough, the 4 adjacent parcels of land host community plots, plant sales, classes, field trips, workshops, camps and events. The Oakhurst Garden is open every day to the public from sun up to sun down.

Edgewood Community Learning Garden 1503 Hardee Street, Atlanta

Donated by a builder to the Wylde Center in May 2012, we are adding .62 acres to our managed greenspaces. Over the next year, we will turn this space into a garden. Community plots are part of the plan as well as the removal of invasive plants while replacing with native plants that support diverse flora and fauna. The garden will also be used to host a number of the Wylde Center’s activities: field trips, events, classes, and volunteer workdays.


SUMMER KICKOFF IN THE OAKHURST GARDEN

beer garden JUNE 22 5:30 - 8:30 PM LOCAL F O O D LOCAL BREWS LOCAL MUSIC

M A I N E V E N T: $30 VIP HOUR + M A I N E V E N T: $60

Ale Yeah! • Cakes & Ale • Farm Burger • Farm 255 • Paper Plane • Pine Street Market • Red Brick Brewing • Red Hare Brewing • Terrapin • Twain’s • Wild Heaven Craft Beers • Russell-Herrera • in bloom landscaping • Beth Mahany CPA

WYLDE CENTER

SILENT & LIVE AUCTIONS MUSIC BY THE GRITS

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: www.wyldecenter.org

VOLU N T E E R We currently have 4 public green spaces that have reoccurring weekly volunteer workdays. We also have opportunities to help with our Farm to School program, event planning committees, plant sale and more. To keep up with our volunteer opportunities check out the website regularly. For volunter info and to be added to our enewslist contact andrea@wyldecenter.org. wyldecenter.org 1. Gardening. Site and Beautification Gardening at the Oakhurst Garden, Sugar Creek Garden, Edgewood Community Learning Garden and Hawk Hollow Garden 2. Plant Sale. Join our Director at the Oakhurst Garden and learn to start vegetables from seed, learn the seed sowing calendar, and pot up plants. 3. Youth Programming. Gain valuable environmental education experience by working our education team. 4. Farm to School. Help with school gardens, assist teachers with their F2S curricular activities, help during professional work days, cafeteria taste tests, and fundraising events. 5. Administrative Assistance. Update database, assist with mailings, and whatever else needs doing. We can keep you busy! 6. Special Events. Join our planning commitees, help the day of with setting up, lead an activity, represent the Wylde Center at fun festivals or help us clean and greet visitors.

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND! Visit wyldecenter.org and click on get involved

Volunteering with our Plant Sale resumes in August. Join our Director at the Oakhurst Garden and help us get growing this fall.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Read in the Garden

September 1 Fall Plant Sale Begins

Tuesday, July, 2, 2013 9-10am Join Wylde Center Education Staff for a free event for ages 3-5 at the Oakhurst Garden. Children will read In the Garden and explore the plants and plots at the Oakhurst Garden. They will get first-hand garden experience as they plant their own seeds to take home. First 50 who arrive will get a free book “In the Garden”.

Fall, September 1-October 15: Over 50 varieties available –lettuce, Asian greens, arugula, kale, swiss chard, and other fall goodies are available. Plant Sale is located in the front yard of the Wylde Center office at the Oakhurst Garden location. 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030 The plant sale acts on an honor system. All plants are labeled and priced including sales tax. Open during daylight hours, choose what you would like to purchase, and pay by dropping exact cash or a check made out to the Wylde Center in the locked mailbox inside the front door.

Slow Food Atlanta and the Wylde Center presents Save Your Seeds and Share! Saturday, August 3, 10-12pm Join us for a free event in the garden and let’s share tomatoes, celebrates their flavors, stories, and learn how to save seeds! We will gather at the Oakhurst Garden at 10am. Complimentary coffee will be provided by local coffee shop Kavarna, so bring your mugs! At 10:30am the presentations and seed saving demos will commence. After we learn from our experts, we will taste and share our summer fruits. Free Seed Saving Presentation at the Oakhurst Garden Saturday, August 3, 10:30-11:30am Véronique Perrot, Wylde Center Intern, Evolutionary Biologist and longtime Atlanta gardener will give a quick overview on the seed saving theory: hybrids, open population varieties, pure strains, etc. After the presentation, Frank Holzman, organic horticulturalist at Tierrasonrisagarden.com ,will give live demonstrations on how to save seeds from a variety of summer veggies.

For more info and to rsvp visit Wyldecenter.org or contact andrea@wyldecenter.org.

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Gifts in the Garden A Family-Friendly Celebration of Alternative Gifts for a Sustainable World

Special Event for Heifer International Supporters, Wylde Center Members & their family & friends

August 24, 2013

11:00 am—2:00 pm Wylde Center

Event is Free * Petting Zoo * Heifer Animal Booths & Games Educational Activities * Local Food & Live Music

Educational

Partnership with

wyldecenter.org

www. heifer.org


A look back at past Spring events

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SUPPORT THE WYLDE CENTER ANY TIME OF THE YEAR As a member, you’ll experience: Greenspace Cultivate a Vegetable Plot. You become eligible to cultivate a community garden vegetable plot, helping transform an urban space into healthy vegetables, fruits, and herbs for your family.(Space permitting) Explore & Enjoy. You are always welcome to explore and enjoy the gardens managed by the Wylde Center. Bring a picnic, a book, or plan a play date at the sand box. You and your family can enjoy the green space, chicken coop, beehives & demonstration gardens. There’s always something new to discover! Support locally grown food. Your membership cultivates garden spaces supported by the Wylde Center, teaching students, low income residents, and community groups to grow and harvest food locally. Events & Gatherings. As a member you enjoy discounts and early access to events hosted by the Wylde Center and discounts on parties or gatherings you host in the gardens. Don’t miss Martini’s in the Garden, the Decatur Garden Tour, and the Urban Coop Tour. Education Growings On. With discounts to Growings On classes, you and your family will learn fun, sustainable and economical approaches to gardening . You will save money on kids camps, cooking and art classes as well. We offer over 100 classes per year, including FREE ones for members. Plant Sale Preview. You have first access to purchase plants cultivated at the Oakhurst Garden during the annual Plant Sale. The sale of plants pays for almost 25% of annual operating costs. Free Workshops. The Wylde Center is partnering with the DeKalb County Public Library and the City of Decatur to offer a series of free workshops throughout the year. Your membership supports this kind of public access education. View the schedule on our website. Community Decatur Farm to School. Your membership impacts 4,500 students this year through the Wylde Center’s Farm to School program. In the classroom, cafeteria, and school gardens, local teachers learn how to include the environment in their curriculum, while students grow, harvest, and taste peas, kale, cabbage – they enjoy the fresh, healthy foods! Outreach. Your membership supports the Wylde Center’s weekly programming with youth of all ages at the Decatur Housing Authority, the United Methodist Children’s Home, and other local partners. Under the direction of the education staff, children and adults gain an understanding of gardening techniques, cooking with fresh produce, and environmental awareness. Public Support of Environmental Stewardship. Your name will be listed in the next publication of the Wylde Center magazine.

JOIN AS A BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY READ ABOUT MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AT WYLDECENTER.ORG Member Name ____________________________________

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Where do you work? ________________________________ Does your company match tax-deductible donations? ______ MEMBERSHIP LEVELS ___ $15 Student ___ $35 Individual ___ $50 Family ___ $125 Contributing ___ $250 Supporting ___ $500 Patron ___ $1,000 Sustaining Payment accepted: Check ___(make payable to Wylde Center) Cash ___ Credit Card: VISA ___ Mastercard ___ Discover ___ AM/EX ___ You may also charge your membership online at wyldecenter.org.

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MEMBERSHIP LEVELS ___ $125 Basic

___ $250 Supporting

___ $500 Patron

___ $1,000 Lead

Payment accepted: Check ___(make payable to Wylde Center) Cash ___ Credit Card: VISA ___ Mastercard ___ Discover ___ AM/EX ___ You may also charge your membership online at wyldecenter.org.

Name on Credit Card ____________________________________ Card # ___________________________________CVV2________ Expiration______________________________________________ Signature _____________________________________________

Thank you for your support! Mail completed form to Wylde Center 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030

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