project leader
Alicia W
1665 Park Avenue
Manhattan (East Harlem)
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the project

Each donation to Lydia's Magic Garden will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $250. The total available in match funds to this campaign is $1,746. 

Lydia's Magic Garden (LMG) is a community garden in East Harlem NYC established in 1991 by community members organized by Lydia Roman. Tired of seeing her community with empty lots of garbage, they decided to create beautiful gardens. After more than 20 years of serving East Harlem community LMG was downsized by redevelopment in 2012. We are now working with residents, and business and community leaders of East Harlem to help restore this urban green space as a resource for children, youth, seniors, and the broader community. 

the steps

Beginning in spring 2017, LMG volunteers will begin building grow beds filled with clean soil and compost, and engaging community members with the following: obtain bed construction materials, hold volunteer workdays, install secure shed, plant vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers, hold community welcome and engagement events.

why we're doing it

Community led greenspaces provide safe, welcoming environments in which we can connect with neighbors, engage in collaborative projects, learn about and enjoy nature, and enjoy respite from hectic urban environments. As East Harlem continues to lose community open space to aggressive development, it is critical that we preserve and maintain such spaces for East Harlem and NYC communities.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 6/14/17):

RAISED = $2,550.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $116.44
less Payment Processing Fee (3%) $69.86



Tools and materials to assemble grow beds estimated cost $1,200 (Home Depot)
Secure shed to store garden tools and growers supplies, estimated cost $2,000 (Home Depot)
subtotal $3,200

SUBTOTAL = $3,200
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $160
Donation Processing Fee (3%) $96




This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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