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Bronx Foodways
Oral Histories Project

Launched in 2021, the Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project exists to preserve the food histories and life experiences of long-time community gardeners and urban farmers across the borough.

This oral history collection is invaluable. It provides intimate first-hand portraits of the growers, volunteers, and activists—keeping their personal journeys alive for future generations, and underscoring the importance of neighborhood gardens as centers for food, heritage, community, and social justice.

As a social and historical resource accessible to students and the broader community, the project and archive will continue to grow over time. Below, you can explore the first wave of stories, collected in 2021.

The Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project is made possible with support from the Mellon Foundation.

The Mural Project

Each year The New York Botanical Garden commissions two public murals celebrating Bronx gardeners and farmers from the Oral Histories project. Bronx artist André Trenier is creating the initial works in 2022.

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