Project Harmony - An Endangered Harlem Community Garden & Women In Transition Project
- Subject: [cg] Project Harmony - An Endangered Harlem Community Garden & Women In Transition Project
- From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
- Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 17:08:55 -0500
You may remember that over the summer, I reported the story of how the
Harlem neighborhood's "Project Harmony/Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial
Community Garden" community garden was nearly bulldozed by developers in
defiance of the Attorney General's moratorium. Those of you who have visited
Project Harmony @ 216 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027 would have also
seen that the organization also does amazing work with and for women and
families in transition, a crucial service in one of the nation's most
Cynthia and Haja Worley are the organizers of this group of urban heroes.
Cynthia forwarded the attached information to the NYC Cybergarden's
listserv. Please contact her directly if you are interested in supporting
this organization by purchasing the home made goods they produce.
From: HAJA216@aol.com [mailto:HAJA216@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 9:56 PM
Subject: Project Harmony; The "Doers"; Product/price list.
Project Harmony, Inc., was founded in 1985 by a relative newcomer to Harlem,
Cynthia Nibbelink, and her elderly neighbor, Mr. Joseph Daniel Wilson, a
native of Guyana. The two decided to clean up a filthy, crime-ridden vacant
lot and make it into a garden. A group of teenagers and a few local
residents pitched in, along with Haja Worley--lead singer for the
Malcolm-King College Gospel Chorus. Cynthia taught part-time at the
College, and had joined the Gospel chorus where she met Worley.
Thus began an effort which, years later, has developed into a vibrant
grassroots community organization with programs championing children and
women-in-tran-sition. The vacant lot has become a magical woodland, with a
pond, a small sunshed, mulberry trees galore, pear , plum and cherry trees,
hundreds of herbs, flowers, vegetables and even a bee hive. Its fence is a
wonderful laser-cut steel sculpted design made by sculptor and artist
Schmerfeld. Mr. Wilson died in 1992, but the garden, now "The Joseph Daniel
Wilson Memorial Garden," lives on in his memory. Haja Worley and Cynthia
married and are now co-directors of Project Harmony, Inc., which hosts
numerous projects, programs and events every year. The "Doers" of Project
Harmony came together in 1995, a small group of women committed to helping
themselves and others by doing for self and others. They work in the Wilson
garden, can and preserve much of their produce, and make a variety of
using recyclable materials wherever they can. This year the Doers have also
begun to make their own "Castille"(olive oil) soaps. The Doers enact the
Biblical recommendation: "Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only...", and
they hope to inspire the "doer" inside everyone whose path crosses theirs,
that we may all grow in reverence for life, giving honor to the Great Spirit
who guides us.
The Doers Product line has been patented under the name"Harlem Harvest."
H arlem Harvest Product List:
(Note: quantities are limited)
--Mulberry jam(the best we've ever made!):small(4 oz): $5.00.
--Mulberry Sauce--$6 and $8.00 sizes (1/2 pt. and 1 pt.)
--Apple Cobbler Preserve (a jam or ice cream/ pancake topping)
1 pt. size--$8.00.
--Clove Pear preserve, $5.00 and $7.00 size(4 oz and 1/2 pt)--limited
--Pint of PeaBean Soup(organic pea & bean mixture, seasoned, packaged
in 1 pint Ball . canning jars, with
a recipe for cooking)--$7.00.
--Radical Squash(1 pt. size; condiment): $9.00--limited supply.
--Watermelon Pickles(1/2 pt., widemouth jar):$6.00--limited supply.
--Herbal Vinegars (a variety, some spicey mulberry vinegar; some
& basil; others) 7 oz:--$8.00; 9 oz.--$10.00.
--"Harlem Scent" Castille Soap, made with Olive Oil only and natural
organic fragrance oils ( a combination of lavender, bayberry, eucalyptus);
dyes; natural ivory tones.
--5 to 7 oz. bars individually packaged (handmade "round " bars vary
slightly in size and shape):
Small Baskets w/ three items (i.e., 1 lg. preserve; 1 small
preserve; 1 herbal vinegar ; or two preserves & 1 soap: $29.00.
Large Basket: 6 items (eg., 1 herbal vinegar; 1 soup mix; 1 lg.
preserve; 1 medium preserve; 1 small preserve; 1 soap): $39.00.
Grape Vine Base: Freeze Dried Flower
combination, some with rose hips or winter berries (dried
flowers include status, roses, thistle, rice flowers, baby's breath & more);
most with evergreen or holly & tastefully wire ribboned. Approx. 17"
diameter, though sizes vary somewhat.
Eucalyptus: Shades of green or variegated colors, w/
tastefully placed dried flowers & faux pearl or ribbon.
All wreathes: $40.00.
Delivery in NYC: $10.00.
Flat Fee Shipping (order early!!) $12.00 per basket or up to eight
items to one address. Four items or fewer: $6.00.
Sorry! We're not set up yet to ship wreathes!
Method of Payment: Personal Check (ten days in advance of shipping) or Money
Order (preferred & quicker shipping), or cash for local purchase. For
payment upon receipt okay. Sorry--no credit cards.
Make checks out to: The Doers, Project Harmony.
Address: 216 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027.
Project Harmony, Inc. is a non-profit corporation --501(3)(c). All monies
directly to the women who make the products; all contributions are
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