HARLEM — Vacant lots and abandoned properties cause problems in neighborhoods.
Some neighbors and a non-profit group are changing the landscape of some locations in Harlem.
Harlem Grown has opened its 12th location along 127th Street between Lenox and 5th Avenues.
Tony Hillery founded the non-profit organization nine years ago and it has been working to build connections with schools and neighbors in Harlem through community gardens.
Local elected officials attended the grand opening of Harlem Grown’s Juice Generation Impact Farm on Wednesday.
Students who participate in the summer programs served salad and harvested other vegetables. Volunteers are also welcome at this location and the main campus at 118 West 134th Street.
The location features a state-of-the-art greenhouse that helps participants learn about vertical farming and hydroponics.
Genesis Companies, an affordable housing developer, supports the programs by providing free electricity and some access space for the location which is next door to one of their properties.