We provide culturally relevant environmental education because we know there is a difference in saying"This place was made for you" as opposed to "This was made for all."
The BLISS Meadows project is a 10 acre land-reclamation project at the intersection of environmental and food justice. The entire project weaves together 3 contiguous properties through public and private partnerships with land owners.
1. A 7 acre abandoned park
2. A 2.5 acre parcel with 2 ponds
3. A long-vacant home on 0.5 acres
In 2017, our Founder and Executive Director, Atiya Wells, came across the vacant 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 blessing from the property's owner. Noticing the vacant house adjacent to the property, she launched a fundraising campaign to purchase it, and met the goal in less than 30 days.
We are now in Phase Two: Development of our 5 Year Phase-In plan in which we will begin renovating the vacant house, expanding production for the community farm, and starting a trail system in the park.
Follow our progress on the BLISS Meadows Facebook page.
Left to Right
Curtisha Charles - A native of St. Lucia and a clinical researcher who enjoys biking and community engagement
Rose Brusaferro - A forest school teacher with a PhD in Sustainability Education
Michael Jackson - An accountant and mentor to Black male youth across Baltimore
Atiya Wells - A Pediatric Nurse with a passion for culturally relevant outdoor 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 creating sustainable small businesses
In May 2019, we successfully raised over $60K to purchase the vacant property
Programming at full scale, educating our community on self-reliance and sustainability
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