Farm Fresh To Market: Local Gardens- Arbor Hill

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Mario Salerno, a volunteer from the Albany City School District started work on the raised beds for the Abram Johnson garden sponsored by Underground Railroad History Project. The garden is a unique way to tell the story of the Underground Railroad by using a garden on the spot where an abolition activist’s home once stood. The garden is set out as a home would be with heritage plants that are decorative where the living room would be and food plants where the kitchen would be. Abram Johnson was the father of Harriet Myers and a member of the Vigilance Committee of the Underground Railroad. Abram Johnson’s name is listed on the Vigilance Committee flyer that helped URHP find the Vigilance Committee headquarters at 194 Livingston Avenue and get it on the National Register of Historic Places. URHP has already started plants in the green house of the Saint Anne Institute and when they are ready they will be transplanted to the Abram Johnson garden.

Garden report provided by Paul Stewart – If you would like to volunteer for this project please contact him at: p_stewart79@yahoo.com

-Michele Weiser

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