The Mural Project

Celebrating community gardeners and farmers in the Bronx

Each year NYBG commissions two public murals celebrating Bronx gardeners and farmers featured in the Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project. And in 2022, as part of our summer exhibition, Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love, we’re working with Bronx muralist André Trenier to celebrate two beloved figures in the borough whose long-time commitment to supporting their communities with fresh food, refuge, and education has had a transformative effect on their neighborhoods.

Trenier’s first completed mural for 2022 celebrates Karen Washington, a community leader and trailblazer who co-founded East Tremont’s Garden of Happiness in the late 1980s, and later helped launch City Farms Market and the New York City Community Garden Coalition. Today Washington co-owns Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York, and we’re proud to have her serving on the NYBG Board.

The project’s second mural, to be completed this summer, will highlight Abu Talib, co-founder of Taqwa Community Farm in the Highbridge neighborhood. Stay tuned!