Respect and care for the community of life...
216 W 122nd St.
New York City, NY 10027
Project Harmony, Inc.
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.
We always need volunteers for specific tasks: watering, picking up trash in front of the garden, routine gardening maintenance, "topping the pond" & pond care, etc.
If you have some time and would like to volunteer, please call us @ 212.662.2878!
Haydee discovers Spring flowers.
KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY !! see 'projects' page for more photos...
The Environment Rangers
celebrate a successful summer.
Pi and Xavier help Yvette spread mulch.
Below: Alison's lacto-fermentation workshop: 2/26/11
ANNOUNCEMENTS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, PAST & UPCOMING EVENTS:
~The PROJECT HARMONY
Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden
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!
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 WORKDAYS 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.
PROJECT HARMONY/KITCHENTABLE CSA Summer Share 2014
22 WEEKS—Thursdays, June 6th—Through November 6th, 2014
For those of you who may not know, Project Harmony CSA and Kitchentable CSA are "sister" CSA's, Project Harmony serving Central Harlem, and Kitchentable serving East Harlem. This smmer, our East Harlem "sister' CSA is regrouping--there will be no distribution on 119th Street, but membership on West 122nd is open. Our farmer, Claudio Gonzalez from Orange County, New York, provides us with a bounty of fresh, organically grown veggies beginning in the spring and carrying us beyond Halloween! We also partner with Lewis Waite Farms. Lewis Waite offers us, ala carte, everything from cage-free, organic eggs, to grass-fed meats, organic poultry, organic cheeses, honey, maple syrup, locally grown and milled grains, beans (all organic stuff), breads, and much more! Details below. Membership requires 2-4 volunteer hours throughout the season.
High Income Share: $440.00 (by March 15: $425.Each high income share subsidizes one low income/subsidized share.
Regular Share $390.00 (pay by March 15: $375.00)
Subsidized Share: $340.00(by March 15: $325)-- by request--# of subsidized shares should = # of Hi Income shares).
Food Stamps/EBT Share: $350.00. $32.00 due first pick-up and due every two weeks thereafter. Subsidies may be available.
Basic cost: $17 per week plus $16.00 Admin. Fee. Final Due Date: April 15th, 2013.
PLEASE CHECK ONE:
High Income: $440 ($425-early bird)__________payment enclosed/paid via PayPal(add $5.00).
Regular : $390 ($375-early bird)__________payment enclosed/Paid via PayPal(add $5.00).
Subsidized: $340 ($325-early bird)__________payment enclosed/Paid via PayPal(add $5.00).
EBT : _________ $32 due first pick-up.
Donation: Please consider subsidizing a share for those who cannot afford it on their own(enter amount) ______
Pick up on 122nd Street: make checks payable to: PROJECT HARMONY or w/ credit card via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail/drop off this form and your payment to: 216 W. 122nd St., New York, NY 10027
•Pick up on 119th Street: Make checks payable to: THE KITCHEN TABLE, 2131 Third Avenue #7, New York, NY 10035, or via PayPal to email@example.com
CSA Agreement Please read and sign.
This form and enclosed payment confirm my agreement to become a member of Kitchentable/Project Harmony 2014 CSA. I will pick up my share on Thursdays, 2014: 5-7:30 pm. If I can’t pick up my share, I will make arrangements in advance of the distribution time or my share will be donated to a local shelter, or to local families in need. I commit to volunteering for distribution at least once 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, supporting local and alternative agriculture, building community and making Harlem a great place to live! I have read this agreement and agree to these terms.
Member Signature ________________________________________________ Date___________
Summer CSA has come and gone; Winter CSA is on!
Our summer CSA kicked off this year with a potluck in June and ended with an equally delicious potluck November 3rd where we said goodbye to our summer members and welcomed new winter CSA members. We'd like to thank everyone, especially our farmer Claudio Gonzalez and volunteers, for a wonderful summer. Although we are saying good-bye to our summer CSA, we're looking forward to trading delicious kale and squash recipes with our new members.
Big thanks to everyone who participated in our work days this spring, summer and fall. We'd like to extend an huge thanks to Juanita and the NY Cares volunteers who helped us plant thousands of bulbs and collect leaves for compost. Thank you to all of the community volunteers who came out to help!
The JD Wilson Garden became extra spooky this fall with our annual Halloween party. Children of all ages participated in fun games, face painting and were treated to some delicious roasted marshmallows, candy and prizes.
Our very own Picasso
We were lucky enough to have a new intern and resident artist this summer. Clayton, who was formerly one of our Youth Environment Ambassadors, returned this summer to help out with our summer programming. Clayton designed a new banner for Project Harmony and helped out tremendously with our summer CSA and Halloween party. Thank you for all your help; we couldn't have done it without you!
We celebrate the Harvest Moon with neighborhood musicians and food!
Rene Calvo's band, The Goddess Lakshmi, along with Kenny Butler, Gia and Haja filled the garden with blues, jazz, r&b,funky folk and more as we celebrated the longest day of the year. Our very own Cindy recited "Gypsies," the cover poem of her book by the same title. The Friends of 123rd St. provided amazing food!
8th Annual Harlem Green Garden Tour
The Harlem Green Garden Tour was a huge success! The Harlem Green Tour committee received a special proclamation from Councilmember Robert Jackson for their hard work and dedication to the community garden movement. Project Harmony also received recognition in the form of a plaque from Greenthumb and the Parks Department. Well over a hundred people attended the tour, which began with a gourmet breakfast and ended with a sumptuous Harlem style BBQ put together by Lori Harris and the William H. Harris gardeners. Listed below are the gardens we toured this year:
1. The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 West 122nd Street between ACPowell and Frederick Douglass Blvd 10AM (Big Breakfast!)
2. Little Green Acres, Frederick Douglass & 122nd St.10:45AM
3.The Carrie McCracken/TRUCE Garden, 118th & St. Nicholas 11:15 AM
4.The Clayton Williams Garden, 126th & Frederick Douglass:11:45 AM
5.The PCB William Washington Garden, 126th & St. Nicholas Ave.12:00 PM
6.The Linnette C. Williamson Garden, 65 West 128th Street:12:25PM
7.The Harlem Rose Garden, 4 East 129th Street: 12:50PM
8.The West 132nd Street Garden, 108-114 West 132nd Street between Malcolm X & AC Powell: 1: 15PM
9 Margrichante Community Garden, 155-159 West 133rd Street btw MalcolmX & ACPowell: 1:45PM
10. Success Garden/ Harlem Grown, 118 west 134th Street btw MalcolmX & 7th: 2: 05
11. The Morris-Jumel Community Garden, 457 west 162nd St. 2:45PM
12. The Convent Avenue Garden, 151st and Convent Avenue: 3:20PM
13. The William B. Harris Garden, 153rd and St. Nicholas Ave. 3:45PM -Bar-b-Que!!!!
14. Bus leaves BBQ at 5PM!
2013 Youth and Family Workshop Series
For all ages! Youths under 10 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
When: July 15-until...
Where: Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden
219 West 122nd Street between 7th & 8th
Workshop/Field trip Schedule To be posted soon.
Additional workshops this summer
Contact us at 212.662.2878 to sign up and for more info.
Tomato canning plus
2012 WORKDAYS, EVENTS, FUND-RAISING, PROJECTS & NEWS:
THE FIRST GARDEN CLEAN-UP/PERK-UP OF THE SEASON: SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS WHO BRAVED THE CHILLY WEATHER AND HELPED WAKE SLEEPING FAIRIES AND CROCUSES!
CSA: THERE'S STILL TIME TOSIGN-UP FOR CSA! EMAIL US AT firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com FOR A MEMBERSHIP FORM. DISTRIBUTION EVERY THURSDAY JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER. GET READY FOR SOME AWESOME SPRING GREENS, BABY LEEKS, SPRING GARLIC AND MUCH MORE FROM CLAUDIO'S WONDERFUL ORGANIC FARM! ALSO, ORGANIC EGGS, CHEESES, GRASS-FED MEATS, LOCALLY-GROWN(AND MILLED) GRAINS, FLOURS AND MUCH MUCH MORE ALL AVAILABLE ALA CARTE.
On Friday, April 19th, we welcomed twenty-plus 7-year olds, with their tutors and chaperones, from "America Reads." The children loved racing through the garden paths, smelling the fragrant spring flowers, finding snails, watching the fish, and planting their own cucumber and pumpkin seeds in the recycled cups they'd brought with them They were reminded to set the cups in a dish and water from the bottom so their plants will grow strong roots. Here's hoping everyone found a sunny windowsil for their seedling!
On Saturday, April 20th, over twent-five New York Cares volunteers joined us to help upgrade street tree beds, install tree guards, spruce up the garden and much more! The volunteers loaded up heaps of debris from the vacant lot behind the JD Wilson Garden and Sanitation stood by to haul it all off!
It was a gorgeous day--much accomplished! Hats off to Rod Keenan who is heading up the street tree project. Big thanks, as well, to all who helped decorate the new tree guards, and special thanks to the Citizens Committee of NYC for granting Project Harmony $1000.00 for the guards, plants and soil amendments. Huge kudos also to the New York Cares teams, especially Kate Kinsey, Lauren Rothschild, Karl Kaiser, Katherine Kienitz, Juanita Padilla and all the rest!
Now we're getting the vertical garden together and will get a load of plants in on Saturday, May 11th--wholesale from Grow NYC. Anyone who would like to come out to plant, please do!
DECEMBER, 2012--JANUARY, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
The Garden is sleeping, mostly, but our feral cat-keepers come in every day to tend to the ferals and make sure everything is peaceful & harmonious. Workdays will be here soon. The Project Harmony/Kitchentable SPRING/SUMMER CSA will start up again before you know it! We're grateful our CSA farmer, Claudio Gonzalez had an abundant harvest this past year, so many of us were able to enjoy awonderful array of winter vegetables through January: turnps, kale, bok choi, potatoes, apples, collards, parsnips carrots, celery root, winter squash and more--delicious! Our big Open House on December 15th was a well-attended, joyful event. We invite the new year with new energy and new ideas--yours are welcome!
More updates and news from the past year coming soon, as we await a rehaul of our web site! In the meantime, we want to give a shout-out to Marouh Hussein, who for two years was our "lead intern" and in 2012 became our summer "project manager." Marouh will be graduating from Stony Brook this May.
We're hoping she will be able to spend the summer with us again--but the new grad's plans depend on many variables at this point, so we'll have to wait and see. We are looking for an additional intern, however. If you know an energetic, urban garden and environmentally conscious college student who would love a versatile outdoor summer experience, let us know.
Thanks to Penny Barton and "Select Equities Foundation" for gifting the Feral Cat program so the kitties will have plenty food, medicine, and other necessities this winter.
A huge thanks to Terry Gumula-Drach for generously gifting the garden with some desperately- needed funds!
Last fall--2012--Project Harmony and the William B. Harris Gardeners received a "Garden Heroes" award from the Green Guerillas for organizing the "Harlem Green" garden tour every year. Let's keep up the good work!
Our 2012 Family and Youth Environmental Workshop series was a great success. Big thanks to the Citizens Committee of NYC for helping out with funding. Thanks also to our bee-keepers, Victor and Veronica Matos who gave us a great hands-on(more or less)workshop on "everything about bees." And huge thanks to Luis Lopez, who never lets us down--his hiking "tour" of Inwood Park's "wild wayside" was almost as exciting as the farm trips!
We welcome any and all fund-raising ideas.
Also, anyone who would like to help out with pruning, please get in touch--212.662.2878. WE REALLY NEED TO PRUNE SOME MORE BEFORE SPRING BULBS POP OUT(that's now, January, February, early March, weather permitting).
Big thanks to much-needed donations that came in for Claudio, whose fields were fairly devastated by Irene's floods; we collected over $1500.00 for Gonzalez Farms--still a drop in the bucket compared to what he needs, but our CSA is to be commended for raising that generous gift!
THE VERTICAL GARDEN: We'd love to expand and improve upon our vertical garden. If you would like to assist, be involved/do some vertical gardening, please contact us! If you have access to milk crates even better! Let's grow some awesome greens, herbs and edible flowers!
HUGE THANKS: To Marouh Hussein, a Stoneybrook Environmental Studies major and our our phenomenal summer intern who we gratefully welcomed back for her second year with us. We were happy that Marouh was also able to gig with Claudio at Columbia U's Farmer's Market every Sunday! Marouh, what can we say: you're the best!!! Thanks, too, to Zorina, a Stoney grad & former intern, who couldn't be with us every day, but whose help was so appreciated those times she was able to be with us!
Big thanks to Tara Fignaro and her crew, as well as Michael's New York Cares team for helping to get all the bulbs planted and putting the garden to rest--we couldn't do it without you!!!
The Halloween Party--
had to be postponed a day, but it turned out to be a blast anyway. We were fortunate the big snow storm didn't crash any trees and not even any branches to speak of. We delighted in games, gift bags, and
(yum!) roasted marshmellows--what a treat!
The weather is beautifully fallish as the garden turns into gorgeous fall colors; happily, we can still cook-out and gather here for CSA, R& R, etc.
The Women's Correctional Association had a great fund-raising Saturday: a fish fry with all the fixin's,
lots of special speakers, wonderful vendors with everything from delectible cakes and pastries to extraordinary hand-made jewelry. There were games and raffles-what an inspiring and fun day!!
Workday - Saturday- July 23rd, 2011: 10am-2pm with NYCares
Kids' afternoon: Wednesday, July 26th--help decorate our new tree guards & have some home-made ice cream!!!
Teen Environment Workshop Series-- Call 212. 662. 2878 for info!
HARLEM GREEN--A Tour of Harlem Gardens,Saturday, July 30th; 10am-4pm.Raindate: Sunday, July 31st.
Harlem Green 2011: A Tour of Central/West Harlem Community Gardens
Harlem Community Gardens are pleased to announce that “HARLEM GREEN,” the 6th Annual Harlem Community Gardens Tour, will take place on Saturday, July 30th 10AM-4PM(Raindate: Sunday, July 31st). The Tour will begin with a breakfast in the Joseph Daniel Wilson Community Garden at 219 West 122ndStreet, and the last stop will be at the William A. Harris Garden on 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, where Tourists will experience a home-style traditional Harlem Barbecue. The Harlem gardens, all managed by community volunteers, are among New York City’s most extraordinary and best–kept secrets. Tourists will discover an enormous variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as ponds, gazebos, grape vines and fruit trees, rain-water harvesting & soaker hose systems, solar energized equipment, innovative composting methods, vertical gardens and more. The gardens are host to people of all ages. Some are shade gardens where folks can come to relax or cook a meal. The gardens run programs for toddlers, young mothers, youths and seniors; there are tutoring programs, environmental studies workshops, art and music events for teens and the community at large, as well as canning and preserving (including food fermentation) workshops. Some gardens also host Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA).
For more information call 212.662. 2878
This Tour is being made possible by Greenthumb(Parks and Recreation of NYC);The Green Guerillas; NYCCGC(NYC Community Garden Coalition); The Willim H. Harris Gardeners; Project Harmony, Inc.
Spring/Summer CSA: The Kitchentable/Project Harmony CSA for the 2011 season is going tremendously well! Here at the JD Wilson site we have 36 members--and well over 20 memb ers pick up at Papo's Garden on East 119th.
Our CSA now has at least 60 members altogether (119th Street and 122nd)
. "Our" farmer, Claudio Gonzalez, delivers fresh produce to our two sites--the JD Wilson Garden on W. 122nd between 7th & 8th Aves. and Papo's Garden in East Harlem--219 East 119th between 2nd
& 3rd Aves.
The produce, all organically grown is fresh
Pick Up Dates:
Every THURSDAY, June 2nd – Oct 27th
Pick Up Time:
5:00 – 7:30pm
Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden
West 122nd Street (b/w 7th & 8th Avenues)
East 119th Street (b/w 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
We accept food stamps, check/money order, and credit card (via PayPal).
~ FOR INFO CALL 212.662.2878 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK CARES "HANDS ON NEW YORK! DAY" in the garden, Saturday, April 16th, WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. PICTURES
SOON. We also want to than Tara Fignar and her group of volunteers for their amazing helping hands! And Luis and Nico who helped put up the mulberry netting! Also, we once again have Marouh (full-time) with us as our Lead Summer Intern. Zorina, who graduated from Stonybrook--and is job-hunting--will also be with us a couple days a week. Marouh is also working the Farmers' Market with Claudio, our CSA farmer! And we'll soon be busy producing our Harlem Harvest™ preserves/salsas, etc.
NEW RULES FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS CITY-WIDE PUBLISHED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2010. This is a sort of victory, although we are still looking forward to working on legislation which will protect gardens permanently. On February 19th, 2011, the New York City Communit Garden Coalition held a Town Hall Meeting in order to gauge gardener concerns and ideas with regard to permanency. There are several options now under consideration. For complete information on this and for other garden news, please go to www.nyccgc.org.