ESTABLISHED IN MAY 2017
In 2015 Jacki Fischer, founder of Marble Hill Garden Project and Juanli Carrión started working on #MH with the goal of establishing the first OSS permanent garden, which was planted in May 2017 with 11 beds designed with the shape of the buildings’ blueprint representing each of the towers of Marble Hill Houses with plants selected by residents, to address health and food literacy.
OSS carried intensive hipper-local public outreach knocking on all the doors of the 1684 apartments to inform and invite Marble Hill Houses’ residents to participate in #MH. The engagement of the new members was carried by giving them the platform of expression through in person interviews, and linking them culturally with the plants in the garden.
This living sculpture now operates as a community garden, and also serves as a centerpiece to articulate public programming that further discusses health at many levels, cultural identity and community building, engaging with the local community, an essential asset with which we develop new, long-lasting relationships with residents, institutions and community groups.
OSS#MH is a project make in conjuction with.
NYC Parks Green Thumb and Marble Hill Garden Project.
OSS#MH is sponsored, in part, by Citizens Committee & City as Living Laboratory.
With the collaboration of Marble Hill Cornerstone Community Center, Riverdale Neighborhood House, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center and Big Reuse.