Respect and care for the community of life...

Phone: 212-662-2878

216 W 122nd St.

New York City, NY 10027

E-mail: haja216@aol.com

Project Harmony, Inc.

and

The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden

 

Project Harmony, Inc., a grass-roots, non-profit, volunteer-driven neighborhood organization, is devoted to the well-being and sustainability of our total environment.  Since 1985 we have been active in community revitalization efforts.  We've cleaned up filthy, vacant lots, making them into gardens and woodlands which are natural habitats for birds, native plants, and other woodland creatures, while being at once peaceful, productive green oases whose respite the public can enjoy.  We have worked with numerous agencies throughout the city and beyond in order to help make our neighborhood cleaner, healthier, safer, and economically more stable.  We’ve reached out to victims of addiction, mental illness, homelessness, hunger and other diseases, many symptomatic of societal depression.  Our “Doers” cottage industry and environmental training program has helped people acquire apartments, establish their own businesses, and further their education.

We believe in stewardship and responsibility, as those relate in every way to family, community, the world.  We have hosted numerous self-help & environmental workshops, as well as block “parties with a purpose,”
intergenerational festivals, community clean-ups, street beautification efforts, arts forums, concerts and more.  We believe in “thinking globally, acting locally,” always mindful of the legend that “Life Began In A Garden” is a powerful vision of what our lives—in their different ways—can be.


Volunteers Welcome!

We always need volunteers for specific tasks: watering, picking up trash in front of the garden, routine gardening maintenance, "topping the pond" & pond careetc.

 If you have some time and would like to volunteer, please call us @ 212.662.2878!

Haydee discovers Spring flowers. 

EASTER EGG HUNT 2010!!!

KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY !!  see 'projects' page for more photos...

The Environment Rangers
celebrate a successful summer.

 Sahara's birthday party!

 A hard day's work!

It starts with a seed!

 Pi and Xavier help Yvette spread mulch.

Below: Alison's lacto-fermentation workshop: 2/26/11

Alison Orden's Lacto-Fermentation Workshop, 2/26/11
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, PAST & UPCOMING EVENTS:

Project Harmony WINTER CSA, begins November 12, 2016.

..I guess it's sort of like hearing--again--from Al Franken or Elizabeth Warren about how badly the DNC needs you.  Only thing is I'm not quite as clever or funny as Al! 
Nonetheless, here goes:  Not only am I reminding you to sign up for Winter CSA--I also want to say a little bit about our farmer who needs us as much as we need him.  Claudio Gonzalez is a pretty amazing guy.  He is, as you know, an immigrant farmer from Mexico. Farming is what he knows--it's his heart, his soul. He is dead serious about growing truly healthful produce,  no chemicals come anywhere near his fields. But it really, really, really isn't easy.  Claudio never  takes a vacation.  He works 7 days a week--and unlike more established farms, he doesn't have winter months to plan and relax a little bit.  No, to make ends meet he works in a factory in the winter months. Although for the last several years he's wanted to NOT go back to the factory so he could work on a greenhouse and more thoroughly  prepare for starting crops a bit earlier in the spring  he hasn't been able to.  His overhead is huge.  Last year his tractor gave out so he needed to get a new one. And many of you remember the terrible accident--when he skidded off the road into a pond last winter on his way home from the factory;he almost drowned, and lost his vehicle.This year--just recently--his truck went on the blink and not only did the new motor cost over $3000.00, but he lost two weeks of farmer's market income--the Sunday mkt at Columbia U, our little People's Mkt, The Bronx Familia Verde Mkt, and his Saturday Queens Mkt.  That was bad, really bad. And then of course, you don't just go set up at a market--farmers pay for the space (except for here on 122nd). There are also workers who help harvest --whether his cousins or his kids--they all have to get paid. 

So our mission--with the CSA, and the People's Market too, is two-fold: of course we're wanting to provide our community with the healthiest of locally grown veggies for outstandingly affordable prices.  But we also want to help a farmer who so deserves our assistance.  Claudio's not big business.  By helping him we're NOT contributing to corporate welfare--as we indeed are when we patronize many, perhaps most supermarkets.  We are so lucky that we know the hands that plant the seed and harvest the produce!
And even though Claudio has to truck (or station-wagon;-)) our veggies here, we're not contributing to those cross-country heavy-duty diesel emissions toxifying the countryside as they waft monsantoed veggies our way!!
So we'd really love for you to join winter CSA. It's possible, if we get enough members, say 25-30, that Claudio can cut short his time at the factory this winter.
And you know, not only do you have all day on Saturday to pick up, but because it's cool(cold?!) weather the veggies--mostly root and winter squash/greens will easily keep in the shed a few days--in the event you can't pick up on Saturday.

ONE MORE THING: Convince a friend to join, why not?  Or, if you're in touch with a community kitchen, school, church, senior center, synagogue, mosque,restaurant or any cultural/ community center which provides meals, suggest to them they purchase--wholesale--terrific locally & organically grown produce from an amazing little family farm, whose farmer is deeply, sincerely committed to community and to the environment.
Please Call Us at 212.662.2878 to join!! Or email projectharmonycs@aol.com. 



                   THE 11TH ANNUAL GREAT HARLEM COMMUNITY GARDEN TOUR Saturday, August 27th, 2016

(RAIN DATE, Sunday, August 28th, 9 AM-5 PM).

Contact: 212.662.2878

 

Visit opulent GARDENS AND URBAN FARMS, growing unique vegetables, fields of pollen-rich wild flowers and native plants, herbs, fruit, even peanuts and cotton. There are gazebos, hoop houses, hydroponic growing systems, grape arbors, ponds, highly-developed composting systems and more in this

sampling of Harlem’s Community Gardens.

 

Harlem community gardeners invite the public on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, to tour Harlem’s amazing grassroots green oases.  Starting at 9AM with a sumptuous breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden on 122nd Street, and ending at 5PM with a traditional Harlem cook-out at the William A. Harris Garden, 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, the tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem’s incredible green gems.  In addition to buses provided by Greenthumb and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Philipp Rassman, a  gardener at the Morris-Jumel Garden on West 162nd Street, will head up the “Bicycle Brigade” of tourists. Eren Gibson of the Truce/McCracken Garden on 118th & St Nicholas will lead the brave-soled walkers.

 

Some gardens began over 30 years ago, transforming sun-parched and rubble-strewn abandoned city lots into lush production.  Newer gardens abound where neighbors have recently come together to reclaim wasting lots.

 

The gardens offer far more than plots of vegetables   They are community centers alive with educational programs, art, health and wellness, crafts, theatre and story-telling, canning, fermenting, concerts  and much more.  Many share food grown in the gardens with their community; some have both individual and community plots. Others host CSA’s and Farmer’s Markets. There are “fairy gardens” and native plant areas. Gardeners have come up with unique ways to harness the sun’s power and produce in small spaces with vertical gardens and solar equipment. Economical and environmentally prudent water catchment systems abound.  Some gardens host bee hives which not only produce honey but lend the city badly needed pollination. Tourists will see verdant flora and fauna, gazebos, grape arbors heavy with fruit, established fruit trees, abundant herbs, vegetables, extensive composting systems, and more.

 

Community gardeners have long been visionaries when it comes to community development and a healthy urban landscape.  Much more than the healthy, oxygen-promoting ecosystems we all need to survive, community gardens are oases of healing.  They give individuals a sense of purpose, dignity and belonging. They strengthen communities.   Community gardens are magical places, which soften our harsh urban landscape and decrease its toxic carbon footprint. As Haja Worley, tour guide, has said, “Community gardeners are guardians of the land. Moreover, community gardens help to decrease aggression and violence.  They help to mitigate ADD, ADHD and many other learning, emotional and physical abilities. Community gardeners are grassroots community developers who have long been at the forefront of the human rights struggle & whose gardens are saving our planet.”

 

Attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk the tour; however, thanks to Greenthumb and the NYC Parks Department,  buses will transport folks who cannot walk or use alternative transportation.

 

Sponsors for the event include Greenthumb and The Parks Dept. of NYC; Harlem Gardens, the Partnership for Parks; The William A. Harris Garden;  NYCCGC (The NYC Community Garden Coalition); Project Harmony, Inc.                                                                            


2016

Project Harmony CSA June 2-October 27

 starting up again!  Get your application in soon!

EARLY BIRD  SPECIALTHROUGH APRIL 15TH!

CSA Agreement

This form and enclosed payment confirm my agreement to become a member of Project Harmony 2016. CSA.  I will pick up my share on Thursdays: 5-7:30 pm.  If I can’t pick up my share, I will make arrangements in advance or my share will be donated to a local shelter, or to local families in need.  I commit to volunteering for distribution two-four hours during this season. I understand that CSA involves sharing the rewards and risk (e.g. crop failure, poor weather, etc.) with our farmer. I understand shares may vary from week to week and that there is no guarantee on the exact amount of contents of my share. The shares will vary in weight and size depending on the time of season. By participating in this CSA, I’m bringing healthy local food to my neighborhood; we know exactly where our food comes from, how it’s grown, and we know the hands that plant the seeds!  I’m supporting a local farmer, Claudio Gonzalez, as well as alternative agriculture, building community and making my neighborhood a great place to live!  

Share prices include $16.00 Admin fee.

We have a sliding scale plan; “hi-income” shares subsidize lower income shares. Number of subsidized shares cannot exceed # of hi-income shares. Thus, subsidized shares are available by request.

 

Limited Number of Half-Size Shares Available on request--every other week pick-up.

PLEASE CHECK ONE:  Note there are two different share sizes—regular (6 items) & large (9 items)

_____REGULAR-SIZE SHARES: 6 Varieties Per Week

1.      High Income Regular: $440 ($425-early bird)          ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $10.00

2.      Middle income Regular: $390 ($375-early bird)        ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $7.00

3.      Subsidized Regular: $340 ($325-early bird)               ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $5.00

4.      EBT Regular: $340; $32 due first pick-up and every two weeks thereafter.

 

_____LARGE-SIZE SHARES: Regular-Size Share PLUS 3 Additional Varieties (9) Per Week

1.      High Income Large: $616 ($601 early bird)              ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $10.00

2.      Middle income Large: $566 ($551 early bird)            ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $7.00

3.      Subsidized: Large: $516 ($501 early bird)     ___ payment enclosed OR___ PayPal add $5.00

4.      EBT(foodstamps)$516 ($501-early bird) pay $45.00 (early bird $44.00) first week and every two weeks thereafter. Weekly pick-up at the J.D. Wilson Garden, 219 West 122nd Street between Powell & Douglass Blvds. Make checks payable to: PROJECT HARMONY CSA or by credit card via PayPal to projectharmonycsa@aol.com.  You can mail payment and form to Project Harmony CSA 216 West 122nd Street - NYNY 10027.

When emailing form send to

projectharmonycs@aol.com.

To arrange a payment plan call 212.662.2878.
























    

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF HARLEM GREEN

JOIN US! 

THE ANNUAL TOUR OF HARLEM COMMUNITY GARDENS—FREE!

Come see outstandingly productive and beautiful GARDENS AND URBAN FARMS, unique vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, gazebos, hoop houses & hydroponic growing systems, grape arbors, ponds, highly-developed composting systems and more in this

sampling of Harlem’s Community Gardens on Saturday, August 29th, 2015

9 AM-5 PM

 (RAIN DATE, Sunday, August 30th )

Contact: 212.662.2878


On Saturday, August 29th, Harlem’s community gardeners will invite the public to share  in the 10th anniversary tour of Harlem’s miraculous, community-centered grassroots- developed green oases.  Starting at 9AM with a sumptuous breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden on 122nd Street, and ending at 5PM with a traditional Harlem cook-out & celebration at the William A. Harris Garden, 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, the tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem’s amazing green gems. 


This year, in addition to the bus transporting tour members, Philipp Rassman and Ellen Belcher of the Morris-Jumel Community Garden will lead the bicyclists.  Eren T Gibson, of the Truce/McCracken Garden will head up folks who wish to hike the tour


As one gardener put it, “These are more than just gardens; they are community institutions”-- offering educational programs, art, health and wellness, theatre, music and story-telling, canning, fermenting, and much more.  Some gardens share all the food grown with their community.  Others host CSA’s and Farmer’s Markets. Gardeners have come up with unique ways to harness the sun’s power and produce in small spaces with vertical gardens and solar equipment. Economical and environmentally prudent water catchment systems abound.  Many gardens now host bee hives which not only produce honey but help with badly needed pollination. Tourists will see lush gardens with verdant flora and fauna, gazebos, grape arbors heavy with fruit, established fruit trees, abundant herbs, vegetables, extensive composting systems, and more. 


Some gardens began over 25-30 years ago on what was then sun-parched and rubble-strewn abandoned city lots. Tourists will also visit new gardens where neighbors have more recently come together to excavate and reclaim unused, debris-strewn parcels of land. 


Community gardeners have long been visionaries when it comes to community development and a healthy urban landscape.  Harlem’s gardens exemplify that well.  Moreover, gardens are much more than the healthy, oxygen-promoting ecosystems we all need to survive. Community gardens are oases of healing.  They give individuals a sense of purpose and dignity. They strengthen communities. They help to decrease aggression and violence. They help to mitigate ADD, ADHD, and many other emotional and learning “abilities.”  Community gardens soften our harsh urban environment, and decrease its toxic carbon footprint. As Haja Worley, the tour leader, has said, “Community gardeners are guardians of the land.”


Attendees are certainly encouraged to bicycle or walk the tour; however, thanks to the NYC Parks Department, a bus will transport folks who cannot walk or use alternative transportation. 

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Sponsors for the event include Greenthumb and The Parks Dept. of NYC; Harlem Gardens*, The William A. Harris Garden;  NYCCGC (The NYC Community Garden Coalition); Project Harmony, Inc.                                                                            *Gardens included in the Tour as of this date (BUS WILL NOT STOP AT ALL) are: The JD Wilson Garden;  The Chenchita’s Garden; The Electric Ladybug Garden; Our Little Green Acres; 5 Star Garden, Carrie McCracken/TRUCE Garden; The New 123rd Street Garden; Clayton Williams Garden; the PCB Wm. B. Harris Garden; Unity Garden-Park Association; The New 127th Street Miracle Garden; Mandela Park Garden; Harlem Rose Garden; The 132nd Street Garden; Margrichante Garden; Success Garden/Harlem Grown; The Morris-Jumel Community Garden; The Convent Avenue Garden; The Wm. A. Harris Garden.

SUMMER CSA MEMBERSHIP FORM

We are now accepting applications for our Summer CSA. The CSA will run for 22 weeks from June 4-November 5, 2015. Local, organically grown will be available for pickups Thursdays from 5-7:30pm in the JD Wilson Community Garden on 122nd Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and AC Powell Blvd.


Join before March 15 for the Early Bird Special!

Click here for our 2015 application.


CSA Q&A

What is a CSA?

 

CSAs are community supported agriculture programs in which the farmer/s and CSA members share in the rewards and risks of growing local produce. Typically, CSA members pay in advance to help with the farmer’s start up fees and in return enjoy weekly deliveries of fresh produce throughout the growing season. Project Harmony has been a part of the Just Food CSA network (www.justfood.org) since 2008.

 

Where do the Project Harmony CSA shares come from?

 

Our farmer, Claudio Gonzalez, is an immigrant farmer in Orange County, NY. He is part of the Just Food Immigrant Farmer Program and sells his produce at various farmers’ markets throughout the city.

 

How long does the CSA run?

 

Our summer CSA runs for 22 weeks from June 4th to November 5th (skipping the week of July 4th).

 

How do I pick up my share?

 

Pickup occurs every Thursday from 5-7:30pm in the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden on 122nd Street between Frederick Douglass Blvd and AC Powell Blvd.

 

What if it rains?

 

During severely inclement weather pickups occur across the street from the garden at 216 W 122nd Street (garden level). Emails will be set to everyone and signs will be put on the garden gate to let members know.

 

What are the responsibilities of a CSA member?

 

Each member is required to volunteer 2-4 hours throughout the duration of the Summer CSA.  Members sign up on "Sign-Up Genius" where it's very easy to manage volunteer hours. These hours happen during regular distribution time, when we need volunteers to help with sign-in/pick-up, as well as cleaning up and putting away any extra vegetables that are left over.

 

What does my CSA share include each week?

 

CSA shares include 6-7 types of produce. Spring/early summer shares includes lots of leafy greens, young carrots, radishes, leeks and the like. Later in the season, our shares typically include tomatoes, a variety of summer squashes, tomatillos, onions, potatoes, peppers, cabbage, etc. While our farmer does not offer plentiful fruit, we do receive peaches, apples and sometimes pears in season.

 

How many people does a share serve?

 

A share should serve a family of four. Strict vegetarians, vegans or people who only juice or eat or raw vegetables may need to buy more than one share.

 

Can I buy eggs, organic meats or other organic food in this CSA?

 

Members can also order many other items, which we call "CSA Extras." These include cheeses, yogurts, butter, ice cream, meats & poultry, eggs, grains, flours, even granola and artisanal breads--all organic, grass-fed, pastured, cage-free, locally grown & milled, etc.  These items can be ordered directly, ala carte, from Lewis Waite Farms, with whom we partner.

 

Last year we had a separate mushroom share, which may or may not continue this year.

 

How much does it cost to join the CSA?

Our CSA has a sliding scale payment format. All the shares the same size; we do not ask our members for income information, people usually know where they fit, and this has always worked out well for us. Our scale is as follows:

 

High Income: $440.00

Regular Share: $390.00
Subsidized Share: $340.00
Food Stamps/EBT Share: $340.00. $32.00 due first pick-up and due every two weeks thereafter (no admin fee).

 

We strongly encourage members who can to contribute a donation of any size to help subsidize low income and EBT shares.

 

Can I pay in installments?

 

Anyone wishing to pay over time (other than EBT) can do so; we suggest two/three payments. Individuals decide when to make these payments and should let us know their plans via phone/email by the time of the first payment.  The first payment is due before deliveries start.

 

What if I am on vacation and can’t pick up my share?

 

If members go away on holiday they either have a friend pick-up for them or donate their share for that week/those weeks. If a member knows at sign-up that they will be away for 2 or more weeks and lets us know, we can reduce their initial payment. Members are required to remind us of their vacation, as close as possible to the actual dates, so that we can inform the farmer.

 

I’d love to join the CSA, but can’t be a member. Can I still purchase vegetables?

 

We plan to have a “People’s Market” in conjunction with the CSA for people who do not want to sign up for the 22-week share. These vegetables are also provided by Claudio Gonzalez, as well as local community gardens.

 

This sounds great! How do I sign up?

 

Our application is available on our website, www.projectharmonynyc.org. You can also email projectharmonycs@aol.com for an application and more information.


Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 2015


HOMEMADE JAMS, PRESERVES AND SOAPS FOR SALE!

We've done lots of canning & preserving this summer --so if you would like to start your holiday shopping early, this might be a good place to start! We have lovely organic preserves--Mulberry jam sweetened with agave, Radical Squash, delicious vinegars-- and even homemade olive oil soaps! Available as individual stocking stuffers/small gifties, or a bunch in a basket, i.e., a repurposed flower pot! Get in touch with us for a complete list of items available, or to custom design a basket of goodies!

   

 



JOIN YOUR LOCAL WINTER CSA

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

ENJOY HEALTHY FRESH FOOD

-RECEIVE WEEKLY DELIVERIES OF FRESH, ORGANICALLY AND LOCALLY GROWN

Seasonal VEGETABLES–

Spinach, Kale, Bok Choi, Turnips, Leeks, Beets, onions, Potatoes,

carrots, parsnips, several kinds of winter squash, apples, &more!

PLUS

CSA “EXTRAS”

—organic cheeses, grass-fed meats, free-range poultry,

cage-free eggs, local & organic beans & grains & much more available on an a la carte basis.


Weekly deliveries and distribution will be every Saturday at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden on 122nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave from 10am-4pm

To register and for more information call 212.662.2878

Registration form available here


Upcoming Fall Events:

Saturday, October 18th: Garden work day- bulb planting, mulching, etc.       11am-2pm

Saturday, October 25th: Garden work day- bulb planting, mulching, leaf collecting, etc.     10am-1pm

Wednesday, October 29th: HALLOWEEN PARTY!!        3:30pm-5:30pm

Saturday, November 1st: Garden work day- putting the garden to rest for the winter, extra bulb planting (maybe).


*~2014 Summer Calendar~*

 1.Spring Workday: Saturday, May 17—10AM-2PM.

2.June 21: Greenthumb “Summer Festival”-Marcus Garvey Park-11:00-4:00PM.

3. Saturday: June 14: Workday in the garden.

4. June 21: SOLSTICE EVENT!  Lakshmi Band & Friends, with a tribute to our dear friend Pete Seeger, via “Make Music New York” & Potkuck here in  the J.D. Wilson Garden!

6:00-9:00PM.

5. HARLEM GREEN WORKSHOP & FIELDTRIP SERIES—June,  July, August, September-DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Workshops: Winemaking; Home Canning;  Soap-making; Sauerkraut-Making demo; Pre &  Post Natal Support & Nutrition; ”Herbs for all Seasons”; Foraging in NYC Parks; Lacto-fermentation; Bokashi Composting; Traditional Composting; “A to Bzzzz: Constructing a Bee-Hive from the Ground Up”;   “Life Without Plastics”;“Jewelry and Art Where You Least Expect It”“Living Well”—with the Harlem Wellness Center.

 Please  CALL IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THESE WORKSHOPS—THEY WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, CERTAINLY INCLUDING THE JD Wilson Garden: 212.662.2878.

6. CSA EVERY THURSDAY 5:00-8:00 PM. 

New This Year: The Harlem Harvest People’s Market! EVERY THURSDAY—GET YOUR FRESH, ORGANIC, LOCALLY GROWN VEGGIES HERE! We accept EBT!


 7. GARDEN W


ORKDAYS including FALL PLANTING:  July 19:10AM-2PM; August 16:10AM-2PM;

 September 20:10AM-2PM;  October 18: 10AM-2PM; November 15: 10AM-2PM.

Saturday,  August 30th, 2014

Visit Harlem’s outstanding community gardens; we see as many as we possibly can in one day, beginning with a sumptuous breakfast at the JD Wilson Garden on 122nd Street and ending with an authentic Harlem BBQ at the William H. Harris Garden on 155th and St. Nicholas. Trolley provided for folks not biking or walking.

*Keep Tuned for up-dates!

 


WE MOURN THE PASSING OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COMRADE PETE SEEGER WHOSE SONG REACHED INTO OUR SOULS AND FOUND OUR LOVE, OUR JOY, OUR PEACE, OUR SUFFERING. PETE'S BANJO  HELPED THE WORLD FIND LOVE WHERE THERE WAS HATE, SWEETNESS WHEN THE FRUITS WERE BITTER, FREEDOM WHERE THERE WAS NONE.  AS PETE ALWAYS SAID, "KEEP ON!" Below, Pete in the JD Wilson Garden, 2002.