Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

Douglas Gayeton

Urban Agriculture

There were over 15,000 vacant lots in New York City. What did Karen Washington do about one in her Bronx neighborhood? She built a community garden.

Location: Garden of Happiness, Bronx, NY
Featuring: Karen Washington
In 1988, Karen Washington began planting trees and flowers in a vacant lot across the street from her home. Nearly 30 years later, the "Garden of Happiness" has both beautified and created a sense of hope for her neighborhood. The garden also strengthens the community's rich culture by letting members grow seasonal foods from their home countries that reflect their culinary traditions.

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