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  • Used to have specialty shops – bakery, meat market (have that now) – but 60s people started to leave areabounded by Fifth Avenue on the east; Central Park on the south; Morningside Park, Saint Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues on the west and the Harlem River on the north
  • So safe from being bought and made into commercial/residential space
  • (between 110-120 St. / Morningside Park & Lenox)I know these people are out there bc I did research/interviews
  • By origin, these people have a rich store of agricultural knowledge - Senegal, Caribbean, ColoradoImportant to instill early habits and experience in gardening so kids grow up to value and enjoy fresh foods
  • “[Gardening allowed us to] forge meaningful bonds with one another, and express ourselves more fully in our present community and beyond.”
  • Marlene takes home a plant tagged “Miles05” and goes onto tracking site to start posting updates on her seed
  • http://www.paulos.net/research/intel/familiarstranger/index.htm
  • Introduce children to gardening and develop passion for gardening early, give them an experience to take with them for the rest of their lives and how it will affect the rest of their lives  Geddes gardened back in TrinidadStone soup
  • By providing all the suppliesBuild community – coming together and making things together/for each otherAttract foot traffic and interest to community gardenLifecycle of foods – become compost
  • That one half of the seed pair will and the other will not engage in site
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    • 1. Seeds to Soil
      a grassroots gardening initiative
      in Central Harlem
    • 2. Central Harlem
      80% African American
      Also includes many Caribbean and Senegalese immigrants
      Undergoing revitalization after decades of high crime and drugs
      Issue:
      Health problems including those related to poor diets and limited access to fresh healthy affordable foods
    • 3. Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden
      Located at St. Nicholas & 117-118 St.
      Public space, open to anyone
      About 30 members
      Entering its third gardening season
      Recently became official NYC Parks
    • 4. Target Audience
      Community surrounding Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden in Central Harlem
      interested in improved access to healthy, fresh foods
      Interested in engaging with other community members
      Interested in gardening or learning to garden
    • 5. User Research
      Surveyed community members and stakeholders (partner organizations)
      Interviewed key stakeholders including garden members
      Interviewed neighbors including those unfamiliar with garden
    • 6. Research Findings
      Some community members
      didn’t realize there was a garden
      are interested in gardening, but they don’t have the space or resources
      Many community members
      have cultural roots strongly rooted in outdoors and being in touch with the land
      wish they had better access to fresh foods, particularly affordable ones
      wanted to engage more with fellow community members
      use email and internet
      Garden members
      many of them grew up gardening
      enjoy being connected with nature
      view the garden as common ground regardless of race and socio-economic backgrounds
    • 7. Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne
      “...it has been proven worthwhile for communities to make a public commitment to providing land, horticultural training, soil and compost, and other means of support to enable people who want to garden to do so...
      Doing so affords them the opportunity to come together in community to grow”
    • 8. Geddes
      McCracken Garden member
      Avid gardener from Trinidad
      Active in community
      Knowledgeable and willing to help others in community learn to garden
    • 9. Marlene
      Central Harlem resident
      Lives with a few blocks but didn’t know about this garden
      Loves to eat vegetables but things they are expensive and not necessarily fresh at the store
      Wants to grow her own vegetables butbeen able to start
    • 10. Planting
      +
      People from same community
      Seeds to Soil
      Planting Event
      Seeds to Soil
      seedTracking
      GO TO: TRACKING.S2S.ORG
      CODENAME: MILES05
      ROLE: RECEIVER // GIVER
      McCracken Garden
    • 11. Posting
      tracking.seedstosoil.org
    • 12. Precedents
      Leah Gauthier’s Sow-In
      Where’s George
    • 13. Goals
      Provide equal access to fresh affordable food to community members
      Grow awareness for and access to affordable and healthy foods in Central Harlem
      Foster greater social connectedness in this community
    • 14. Intervention Design
      Provide access with seed planting event
      Group reinforces commitment and accountability
      No barriers to entry for garden
      Gardening guidance
      Simple tracking system which supports community dialogue
      Subject around which community can come together
      Follow up events
    • 15. Intervention Concerns
      Hope it doesn’t rain!
      People will not engage with tracking site
      Reaching beyond current garden members