BENEFITING: HARLEM GROWN
Harlem Grown is an independent, self-funded non-profit organization that partners with the NYC Parks Department and Department of Education and a variety of food advocacy and community agriculture organizations. The main function of Harlem Grown is to connect local public schools to the greater community through the use of common garden spaces and mutually engaging activities.
We raise support for physical renovation of abandoned lots, providing the tools, supplies and manpower to physically transform wasted space into a vibrant garden classroom through a number of grant sponsored initiatives. We also work to engage pro-bono partners in developing a structured learning curriculum that let’s kids participate from the planning through the planting, crop management and harvest and finally to food preparation, nutrition and even sales.
Harlem Grown’s mission is to increase the capacity of communities and students to access nature and green spaces, to engage these communities with nutritional and outdoor educational opportunities and improve access to a wider range of healthy foods while focusing on food justice issues. We address these goals by creating ‘living classroom’ opportunities for urban and ‘at risk’ students and offering programming which allows ‘in-need’ populations to learn about agriculture, nutrition, food sourcing and business. We transform abandoned community gardens and park lots into vibrant ‘urban farms’ and, in partnership with local public schools and the community, we integrate our small farms with school curriculums thereby providing inner-city students who are traditionally cut off from access to direct experience of nature and farming a chance to learn by doing.