Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood

harlem grown

Discover the incredible true story of Harlem Grown, a lush garden in New York City that grew out of an abandoned lot and now feeds a neighborhood.

Once In a big city called New York In a bustling neighborhood There was an empty lot. Nevaeh called it the haunted garden.

Harlem Grown tells the inspiring true story of how one man made a big difference in a neighborhood. After seeing how restless they were and their lack of healthy food options, Tony Hillery invited students from an underfunded school to turn a vacant lot into a beautiful and functional farm. By getting their hands dirty, these kids turned an abandoned space into something beautiful and useful while learning about healthy, sustainable eating and collaboration.

Five years later, the kids and their parents, with the support of the Harlem Grown staff, grow hundreds of pounds of fruits and vegetables a year. All of it is given to the kids and their families. The incredible story is vividly brought to life with Jessie Hartland’s “charmingly busy art” (Booklist) that readers will pore over in search of new details as they revisit this poignant and uplifting tale over and over again.

Harlem Grown is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The author’s share of the proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to Harlem Grown.---from the publisher

40 pages                                978-1534402317                      Ages 4-8

Keywords:  Harlem, food, social activist, role of the individual, power of the individual, neighborhood, community, African American, farm, school project, New York, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, diversity, diverse books, informational picture book, narrative nonfiction, gardening, green living

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