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 place 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.
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
Learn about animal husbandry in the city
We have 3 goats at BLISS: Lego, Loki, and Bagel
Come enjoy the tranquility of our ponds.
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We’re excited to share that Backyard Basecamp has been chosen as a top 10 finalist for WW's (formerly Weight Watchers) Wellness Impact Award, honoring organizations who are democratizing wellness in their communities.
The voting period starts TODAY (May 7th) and ends May 21st!