Saint Nicholas Miracle Garden is a reactivated community garden in Central Harlem. The garden's compact size and dense urban context allow them to promote vertical urban gardening and test innovative techniques to maximize space and resources. The garden promotes environmental awareness and serves as a growing educational resource and community gardening space. In addition, it addresses food insecurity by providing food access programming and workshops on healthy eating and sustainable lifestyles.
In May of this year, a volunteer team built a Hotbox composting system out of recycled materials and with this AwesomeNYC grant, they will be able to acquire the equipment, materials, and worms to activate their composting system and start to collect food scraps from the community. The goal is to ultimately share this compost with the community and get the garden listed as space where master composters can be certified with their next volunteer day to be held in October or November.
The Miracle Garden is building the garden space as an urban ecological educational site. They have been hosting a series of concerts and community events, and eventually plan to continue to engage their local public schools and offer free composting/gardening events for the students.
They have two upcoming concerts this October:
- Sunday October 15, 2023, 2-6pm - Ancestral Mbira Music in the Miracle Garden with Kevin Nathaniel and Saco Myoji. Please join us for a concert of mbira music that honors the spirit of the garden, the community, the communication and wisdom of the Earth
- Sunday, October 22nd, 3-6pm Harlem Garden Music Festival. Join us for a family-friendly day of music, community, nature and fun and support the amazing work being done. Free to the public, suggestion donation welcome
To learn more about these events, volunteer, or just follow their progress:
Funded by New York City, NY (September 2023)