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Taqwa Community Farm

When Abu Talib helped start the Taqwa Community Farm in 1992 on 164th St. and Nelson Ave, in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, people thought he was crazy. It was a dumping ground for old appliances, tires and abandoned cars. It was a warzone when Abu, his son Bobby Watson and a handful of community members took on the challenge.

Today Taqwa yields about 10,000 pounds of food annually and a colony of bees and a dozen chickens call the farm home. “Just get a few chickens and you can feed yourself,” says Abu. After two decades of hard work, fruiting pear, apple and cherry trees are found with collard greens, lettuce, onions and bushes of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. To look at Taqwa Community Farm today, you couldn’t imagine what it was 20 years ago.


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4 Responses

  1. Morgan-ny Powell says:

    Taqwa Community Farm is a magical place. Here, one can imagine that gardens were the original schools in many cultures around the globe.


  2. AJ says:

    Truly your site is the Mark of Excellence.


    • czvasser says:

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  3. A wonderful community enrichment, source of pride, and an inspiration and model for community involvement and enhancement. Congratulations and blessings to Abu Talib.


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