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#NatureIsEverywhere

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creating equitable access to nature

The Story of BLISS Meadows

Mission - to engage communities of color in Baltimore City on nature connection, gardening, self reliance, and sustainability.   


In 2017, our Founder and Executive Director, Atiya Wells, came across the property in her Frankford neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore. She envisioned a space for community dinners, environmental education, nature play spaces, and gardens. 


In 2019, that dream became a reality when she received the the blessing from the property's owner. Noticing the vacant house adjacent to the property, she launched a fundraising campaign to purchase it, and raised the money in less than 30 days.


We are now heading into Phase Two: Development for the vacant home, and working our 5 Year Phase-In plan.


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BLISS Meadows is fiscally sponsored by Strong City Baltimore.

Meet The team

The BLISS Meadows team is a diverse group of Baltimore City residents.

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Curtisha Charles - A native of St. Lucia and a clinical researcher who enjoys biking and community engagement

 

Rose Brusaferro - A forest school teacher seeking her PhD in Sustainability Education


Michael Jackson  - A CPA and mentor to black male youth across Baltimore


Atiya Wells - A pediatric nurse with a passion for culturally relevant nature education


John Walker - Our devoted Farm Manager with a background in Food Science and a love for cooking


Kieron George - A native of Trinidad & Tobago who has a passion for helping small businesses thrive


phase-in plan

Phase I: Acquisition

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In May 2019, we successfully raised over $60K to purchase the vacant property

Phase II: Development

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  • Land cultivation on 2.5 acre lot
  • Trail blazing in 7 acre forest
  • Full gut-renovation for this 1800 square foot structure into a LEED Certified home

Phase III: Implementation

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Programming at full scale, educating our community on self-reliance and sustainability

Our Partners

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