We are fundraising to grow food & community
Brooklyn Heights Community Garden cultivates healthy community through growing food, intergenerational learning, and creative play.
Founded 13 years ago by Nella 'Ms. Pearl' Frierson, BHCG is a small urban farm growing on formerly vacant lots in the Haynes-Trinity area of Nashville, TN, a historically Black and disenfranchised community experiencing the pressures of gentrification and food apartheid. Ms. Pearl felt a deep need for the community to get back to its roots of connection between elders and young people; to reconstruct self-awareness, self-pride, and self-esteem; and to remind people of all ages how to play in the soil together.
We are rich in cultural history. We sit one block from American Baptist College where the Nashville sit-ins were organized in 1960. Our neighborhood was first developed in the late 1800s by Rev. Haynes, a prominent lawyer, preacher, and community leader who had been born on a plantation, the son of a slave and plantation owner. Before their forced removal, the Cherokee, Yuchi, and Shawnee people stewarded this land. We root into our history as we look to the future to build more just and joyful ways to connect with people, land, and food.
This future vision sees expanded capacities to distribute fresh produce to our neighbors; a healing oasis offering space to connect more deeply to ourselves, each other, and the land; arts & wellness programming; and increased educational offerings in gardening, health, and food sovereignty.
Please consider becoming a monthly donor! For as little as $5 you can help sustain our work throughout the year.
While we deeply value and appreciate any financial support, there are other ways you can give!
- New opportunities, connections, and partnerships help us grow our reach
- Donated services, from construction to social media, can support our team and mission
- Donated goods - such as plants and equipment - allow us to direct our funding toward supporting programming, staff, and community
- Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any of these!