Seeds to Soil status presentation


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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
  • 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
  • Seeds to Soil status presentation

    1. 1. Seeds to Soil<br />a grassroots gardening initiative <br />in Central Harlem<br />
    2. 2. Central Harlem<br />80% African American<br />Also includes many Caribbean and Senegalese immigrants<br />Undergoing revitalization after decades of high crime and drugs<br />Issue: <br />Health problems including those related to poor diets and limited access to fresh healthy affordable foods<br />
    3. 3. Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden<br />Located at St. Nicholas & 117-118 St.<br />Public space, open to anyone<br />About 30 members<br />Entering its third gardening season<br />Recently became official NYC Parks<br />
    4. 4. Target Audience<br />Community surrounding Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden in Central Harlem<br />interested in improved access to healthy, fresh foods<br />Interested in engaging with other community members<br />Interested in gardening or learning to garden<br />
    5. 5. User Research<br />Surveyed community members and stakeholders (partner organizations)<br />Interviewed key stakeholders including garden members<br />Interviewed neighbors including those unfamiliar with garden<br />
    6. 6. Research Findings<br />Some community members<br />didn’t realize there was a garden<br />are interested in gardening, but they don’t have the space or resources<br />Many community members<br />have cultural roots strongly rooted in outdoors and being in touch with the land<br />wish they had better access to fresh foods, particularly affordable ones<br />wanted to engage more with fellow community members<br />use email and internet<br />Garden members<br />many of them grew up gardening<br />enjoy being connected with nature<br />view the garden as common ground regardless of race and socio-economic backgrounds<br />
    7. 7. Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne<br />“ 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... <br /> Doing so affords them the opportunity to come together in community to grow”<br />
    8. 8. Geddes<br />McCracken Garden member<br />Avid gardener from Trinidad<br />Active in community<br />Knowledgeable and willing to help others in community learn to garden<br />
    9. 9. Marlene<br />Central Harlem resident<br />Lives with a few blocks but didn’t know about this garden<br />Loves to eat vegetables but things they are expensive and not necessarily fresh at the store <br />Wants to grow her own vegetables butbeen able to start<br />
    10. 10. Planting<br />+<br />People from same community<br />Seeds to Soil<br />Planting Event<br />Seeds to Soil<br />seedTracking<br />GO TO: TRACKING.S2S.ORG<br />CODENAME: MILES05<br />ROLE: RECEIVER // GIVER<br />McCracken Garden<br />
    11. 11. Posting<br /><br />
    12. 12. Precedents<br />Leah Gauthier’s Sow-In<br />Where’s George<br />
    13. 13. Goals<br />Provide equal access to fresh affordable food to community members<br />Grow awareness for and access to affordable and healthy foods in Central Harlem <br />Foster greater social connectedness in this community<br />
    14. 14. Intervention Design <br />Provide access with seed planting event<br />Group reinforces commitment and accountability<br />No barriers to entry for garden<br />Gardening guidance<br />Simple tracking system which supports community dialogue<br />Subject around which community can come together<br />Follow up events<br />
    15. 15. Intervention Concerns<br />Hope it doesn’t rain!<br />People will not engage with tracking site<br />Reaching beyond current garden members<br />