Harlem Park School Community Garden is taking root on Lafayette Avenue

While our recent celebration and tour have highlighted Lafeyette Square and Franklin Square, the Friends of West Baltimore Squares is just as dedicated to supporting community gardens and small parks. We’re glad to highlight this update from Russell Spinney at Baltimore Talent Development High School and Sasha Gallant at Harlem Park Elementary School on their great progress with the Harlem Park School Community Garden–

Students, faculty and staff at the Harlem Park Elementary and Middle School and the Baltimore Talent Development High School have teamed up to start a school community garden and have started breaking ground with the assistance of the Parks & People Foundation and a grant from the Baltimore City Schools Sustainability Challenge. Cleanup has already begun on a vacant lot on Lafayette Street across from the elementary school. Everyone plans on helping build the first vegetable beds next Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30am until 3:30pm and we want to invite neighbors from surrounding communities to participate. We hope to start raising some vegetables this year and develop a community-based process for the design of further parts of the garden. In the future, we would like to add more permanent raised beds, a hoop house green house, rain barrels, street mural, environmental and health education programs and a hallowed space and place that commemorate community members who have passed away. Please come out and join us and look for further events in the future!

Friends and neighbors in Harlem Park and West Baltimore neighborhoods are welcome to join a few of the great students, families and teachers involved with this great garden at the Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School Fun Day on Friday, June 3 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at 1401 West Lafayette Avenue. You can find out more about all of the schools and students participating in the Baltimore City Schools Sustainability Challenge tomorrow morning at the City Schools Sustainability Challenge Celebration with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

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