St. Mary’s Urban Farm opened in February, 2012. The garden is an important part of the St. Mary’s mission to “pursue justice and peace for the poor and the oppressed.” The goals of the garden are to both produce fresh, healthy vegetables as well as bring the community together as one.
In Harlem, many people cannot afford to buy healthy vegetables. The garden allows the church’s vegetables to be as healthy and fresh as possible, so that these can be provided to the community. Right now, some things that are growing are tomatoes, strawberries, chard, lettuce, kale, carrots, herbs, etc.
Most importantly, though, the garden helps create teamwork. People from different economic backgrounds all work together. Like St. Mary’s itself, the garden helps integrate the community, and allows people from all different backgrounds to express themselves through gardening.