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Vanessa V
77 W 127th Street
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the project

Harlem Grown is a youth development non-profit that inspires youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. We operate nine urban agriculture facilities throughout Central Harlem, and last year we provided over 2,200 pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce free of charge to local families in need. 

We served over 2,700 youth on our last year, and in order to continue to provide an immersive and educational experience to all our youth participants, we have to expand our programming to our new 127 Street Farm. 

This new farm on 127th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue will feature a two-story vertical hydroponics green house, which has the capacity to quadruple our production, and provide a living classrom where we can teach kids how STEM integrates with urban agriculture. With this new space, we plan on increasing our produce to 5,000 pounds by July 2017. We also plan on doubling our reach to youth in and around New York City, with special emphasis placed on neighborhoods in close proximity to the new urban farm space: East Harlem and areas of the South Bronx. 

the steps

127 Street Growing Bed Construction 

Impact Farm Construction & Opening 

127 Street Farm Open for Educational Tours 

127 Street Farm Saturday Enrichment Programming Begins (Health & Wellness lessons, Cooking Demonstrations)

127 Street Farm Food Production & Harvesting

127 Street Farm Food Distribution Regularly Scheduled 


why we're doing it

Harlem Grown is working to address issues and challenges faced by Harlem residents when it comes to accessing affordable, healthy food. Our target audience is primarily low-income Harlem residents. Most participants range in age from 6-14, 85% of which are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and 80% live in single-family households. Most of our children are either African-American/Black (61%) or Latino (28%). Many live in single-parent households, or are residents of temporary housing shelters through Harlem.

In Harlem, almost 1 in every 4 elementary school student is either overweight or obese. This rate is over 30% higher than the Manhattan average. Central and East Harlem lack healthy food options that are affordable and accessible. Harlem Grown strives to address these issues by providing both access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh food. We work collaboratively with our community to build farms and greenhouses and to grow fresh produce to nourish children and their families.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 10/3/16):

RAISED = $10,769.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $312.64
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $10,421.36

We will use the additional funds ($421.36) to purchase wood to build additional raised boxed beds for our farm space. We have some wood
currently, but this will be enough to purchase wood for five additional beds. One of which we will plan to make it accessible to toddlers.



The funds raised through this campaign will go towards purchasing new kid-friendly gardening tools, educational materials, and plants for the new growing season.

SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335



Thank You!


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