Hands Off the Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden

Hands Off the Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden

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Hands off the Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden

The Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden--an active and growing community space that has been revamped by Howard University undergrad and graduate students, alumni and local residents--needs YOUR help! All of the planning, labor, energy, sweat and hard-won efforts we’ve put in for months (and over the course of the past 8 years!) to safe-keep the garden is currently under threat of destruction due to the development of The Wren, a condominium and Whole Foods structure being built by MRP Residential, The JBG Companies, Fundrise and Ellis Development on Sherman/Florida Avenue. The city (DDOT) is planning to push back our gate 22 ft into the garden in order to complete sidewalk development. This plan would essentially ruin the integrity of our garden and make our intentions to promote further community enrichment via garden education and cultivation impossible.

Background

The Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden was established in 2011 by a coalition of student organizations not just for the student body but for the benefit of the local community and has been maintained by students and alumni to date. Our mission is to create a sustainable urban farm and food community, educate and support students and local residents, reduce the carbon footprint of the Howard University campus, and create a healthier community. Currently, we have more than 30 students, alumni and local residents actively participating in the upkeep and cultivation of plants, herbs, fruit trees, a greenhouse and a designated student-run space that promotes community health & wellness, service, engagement, and empowerment.


What does this mean?

  • The various plots which are designated for YOU (e.g. students, student organizations, senior and handicap members of the community) will be destroyed. In particular, the beds that we are currently cultivating which run along the front gate will be eliminated. These beds are being built to house herbs, fruits and vegetables, and flowers for our campus, alumni and neighbors. In addition, they attribute to the beautification of Sherman Avenue and local plant diversity.
  • The medicinal herb spiral created to showcase therapeutic horticulture and support mental health + overall wellness of local residents will be ruined. The herb garden spiral that students designed and recently finished constructing was intended to educate and assist residents of the neighboring senior housing complex Garfield Terrace, HU students, and surrounding neighbors who may benefit from natural healing alternatives that are less costly, less toxic and more accessible than prescription drugs.
  • Our efforts to create and promote a sustainable and accessible community market will be eradicated. We planned to grow nutrient-dense food in our garden and sell it at a community farmers market in order to make organic, whole and healthy food available to residents in our neighborhood that are facing food insecurity.
  • Say goodbye to the beautiful fruit trees and the butterflies who love them on Sherman Ave :( Our fruiting trees such as figs, apples, peach, cherry, persimmon, and ferns would be significantly disturbed and most likely destroyed due to the impact of the city tampering and removing their roots.
  • Our efforts to heal the soil will restart at ground zero. Currently, our nutrient-rich soil has a pH of 6.5 but it will be contaminated as a result of construction. It took years for hard-working students to return the integrity of the soil back to a healthy state.

In order to stop this, we need YOUR support!

What can I do?

Sign this petition! Spread the word! Tweet #KeepOurGardensWhole and #HandsOffHalo! Make it go viral! We need 1,000 signatures ASAP to save the Halo G.R.E.E.N. Garden. We have the support of our local ANC Commission but we need your voice too because your voice matters! If you’ve never come to visit the garden, reach out to us or stop by and see the work we’ve put into the space. We are devoted to preserving this valuable resource on behalf of the community and with your help, the garden can be of service to students and residents for years to come!


How can I connect with/get more information about the garden?


Follow us on IG: @huhalogarden

Visit our website: howardorganicfarm.weebly.com

Email us: hucommunitygarden@gmail.com

 

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