Wylie Street Garden (screenshot of a video by Paige Byrne)
The community garden at 13th and Wylie Street will live on for at least one more year. Kenneth Brewer, Executive Director of the H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) has agreed to grant the growers one more season. Supporters of the Wylie Garden organized a campaign in September of 2014 when a large for sale sign went up on the property. According to those supporters, research showed that the garden could assist Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) efforts to clean the Anacostia by mitigating storm water entering the combined sewer system. Those supporters also say the garden could play an important role in the community in the future, listing the following as possibilities:
- install vertical harvest growing systems
- serve those in need & develop skills of our youth
- become a resource for chefs on H Street
- continue to engage the students in the Reggio program of Miner ES
- continue to connect our community members
- be part of the city program offered by Whole Foods
Included below is a (slightly edited) excerpt from their statement:
Robert, a gentlemen that mows the lawn felt a presence while mowing and reflecting on the produce of his grandmother's garden in NE. How fantastic spaces on H can cause us to pause and recognize, like the Mulberry tree in the corner of Wylie garden natural spaces and things are valued and an essential.
The preservation efforts envisioned this space as a park for the people who persevered and passed through here or did not. The immigrants and shop keepers, the community of brick layers who lived on Wylie, Duke Ellington (rumored to have lived in an apartment), or the police who did not even cruise by in the 80's. Wylie garden, our last green asset along the H Street corridor sits just off 13th & H where people continue to pass through like Mayor Bowser opening the trolley, the marathoners turning right in the final stretch, and soon the customers of the open farm market, who also see Wylie garden as a resource.