Recipe Corner: Pear Sauce

Welcome to our recipe corner! Our first recipe comes to us from a cookbook written by one of our food corps members, Bailey Swan, for her students! We will be publishing several more recipes from this healthy, kid-friendly cookbook, so stay tuned for more!

Pear Sauce

  • Ingredients:                                                                                                    

    • 8-10 pears

    • 1 tbsp cinnamon

    • ⅓ c honey

    • ¼ c water 

    • Juice of ½ lemon


  • Instructions:

    • Step 1: Chop pears into chunks

    • Step 2: In a large pot, combine pears, cinnamon, honey, water, and lemon juice.

    • Step 3: Cover mixture and let simmer for 10-20 minutes, until pears are soft.

    • Step 4: Blend and enjoy hot or cold!

Ask A Farmer: A Home For All Of Your Urban Farming Inquiries

We at Harlem Grown pride ourselves on meaningfully reaching out to our community, and in our continued effort to do so, we have decided to include a Q&A section on our blog! Our farmers and interns try their best to answer as many questions as they can while on site, but occasionally a question stumps us and requires a bit more research. That’s what this section is for! We invite anyone and everyone (community members, volunteers, gardening aficionados, etc.) to reach out to us with your questions! Ask us about anything from food justice to farming to cooking, and we will do our best to answer your questions as quickly and with as much depth as possible!

To ask a question please direct message us on Facebook, Instagram or e-mail us at .


A Successful Healthy Summer Event!

We here at Harlem Grown are excited to say that our 2018 Healthy Summer Event was a huge success! On Saturday July 21st, our 134 Street Farm hosted over 100 community members who learned about wellness, made windchimes and homemade toothpaste, practiced yoga and more! Locals, children, and volunteers also had opportunities to participate in farm tasks; according to our Agriculture Director, Ciara, “The day was filled with watering, searching for tomato suckers, composting, and staking eggplants.” A few volunteers also ventured down to the 127 Street Farm to assist us in digging holes for the foundation of our Impact Farm (coming soon)!

    Local Harlemites took full advantage of the activities offered, and participated in morning yoga:

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Processing compost:

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Making windchimes with Nikki:

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Cooking pasta salad with Abbey:

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And making friends!

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We extend a special thanks to our sponsors and community partners: Dig Inn, Juice Generation, Columbia Medical School, Northwell Health, Citibike, City Health Works, Zen and ML Crochet, Health-Ade Kombucha, Pret A Manger, Shape Up, and Island Photography, who generously donated time, services, and food! We could not have pulled this off without your support!

Finally, if you missed this event (or you’re still longing for more fun on the farm), volunteers are always welcome on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM on our 134 Street site! Our next event will be our Fall Harvest Fair on September 29th, and will feature many more activities, so come check it out!

Summer Camp Is Back!

Summer is here, and for Harlem Grown that means summer camp! This year we are excited to introduce our 45 campers who will be helping us farm, cook, and learn! In the past couple of weeks, campers (with the help of counselors, CITs, and farmers) have been harvesting, conducting science experiments, playing games, dancing, learning about compost and more. Welcome campers!

The Seeds (youngest age group):


The Saps (middle age group):


Jr. Master Composters (oldest age group):


And last but not least, our fabulous Counselors In Training:

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On Monday last week the seeds helped farmers on the 127th street site harvest eight pounds and three ounces of eggplant, and on Tuesday all campers went on a field trip to Central Park! Awesome!


We extend our warmest thanks to all of the staff, campers, parents, and donors who are helping to make this the best summer ever! Stay tuned for more summer camp updates!

School's Out For Summer!

Thanks to our education coordinators, food corps members, and students, this school year has been tremendously successful. According to one of our food corps members, Gabby Rodriguez, the Thurgood Marshall Academy garden is currently growing: “red kale, lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil, chives, eggplant, radishes, carrots, and lots of herbs!” These crops were planted, maintained, and eventually harvested by students. To celebrate the end of the year students at TMA were able to participate in several garden activities, both during structured lessons and free time.

    Our farm educator, Abbe Lentz wrapped up the school year with her students by having an open garden day! Students and their families were able to participate in gardening activities and take home fresh produce from the garden and our greenhouse. Abbe also mentioned the cool items growing in the garden: “potatoes, corn, purple carrots, three types of kale, and tons of basil!” Exciting!

    Finally, one of our food corps members Bailey Swan, created a cookbook for her C.S 154 students to wrap up the school year. The book is full of healthy recipes for kids–many of which we will soon be publishing on this blog!

    Stay tuned throughout the summer to see what our summer campers, farmers, and educators are up to!