Joseph Daniel Wilson Garden

West 122nd Street between Fred. Douglass & Adam C Powell

Joseph Daniel Wilson Garden

Community Garden


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A Community Garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people. [1] Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. [2] They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access and management, [3] as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits.

The original founders are Cynthia(Cindy) Nibbelink, a writer and teacher who’s lived in Harlem just a few years, and Mr. Joseph Daniel Wilson, her octenegerian downstairs neighbor and friend. Mr. Wilson, originally from Guyana, loved the earth, loved horticulture. He composted in his own way, had a backyard garden where he lovingly tended his peach tree and annual vegetables, as well as a stand of glorious hardy hibiscus. Mr. Wilson, who was fiercely independent had brought himself to the U.S. by doing hard labor in the interior of Guyana had, in the 1940’s bought a Harlem brownstone/rooming house for his mother, sister, and himself.


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