Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden
Project Harmony’s mission is to impact our community by way of environmental awareness, improvement, education, action and beautification. We began in 1985 as a grassroots group whose mission was to uplift our community by cleaning up vacant lots, building community gardens, and thus also providing much-needed healthy food to our neighborhood. Over the past twenty-eight years we have created and maintained community gardens with environmental education/action programs with an emphasis on youth and families, but which involve all community residents.
Although we lost one of our community gardens during Harlem’s real estate bloom in the 1990s, we still maintain the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden in Central Harlem. The Wilson Garden is equipped with a rain-harvesting system, solar lighting and pond aeration, a beehive, and a vertical garden--in addition to fruit trees and other flora and fauna. With the help of an extensive network of community support and volunteers, the garden continues to thrive ¾ as a secret oasis hidden in our concrete jungle. We also passionately advocate for food justice and promote food security in Harlem. For over fifteen years we have taught healthy food preservation, and have sold Harlem Garden products under the trademark Harlem Harvest™. We also operate a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program with a sliding scale membership and subsidies for EBT recipients. We are proud to say that our CSA now has more than 60 members all from different levels of income.
If we are recipients of the Sow it Forward grant we will use the funds to expand and improve our vertical garden. Specifically, we want to improve our grow boxes so that we are able to produce even more herbs and vegetables to share with our community.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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