At a meeting on Wednesday December 30, 2015 with community gardeners and greening groups (including Green Guerillas), City representatives announced a final decision made by the Mayor to determine the fates of community gardens on HPD land.
HPD will transfer 34 community gardens to the Parks Department to be preserved, while 9 community gardens sites will be displaced by affordable housing developments – including 7 active community gardens.
It is good news for NYC’s community gardening movement that 34 community gardens will be preserved, but devastating for the gardeners and community members who will lose 7 precious green spaces and outdoor community centers. The City has promised to find alternate sites for community gardeners – but it remains to be seen how large or how viable these alternate sites will be.
News coverage can be found HERE
GreenThumb has announced a date for their 2016 GrowTogether conference – March 16th.
Join over a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking, and greening inspiration. This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops, for gardeners of all ages.
For more info and registration info, click HERE.
The NYC Community Garden Coalition has created an on-line petition asking the mayor to remove community gardens on HPD land from an HPD development list and transfer them to the Parks Department. It has been almost a year since the list came out – it is time to make sure our calls are heard (again) to preserve these precious green spaces.
Sign the petition HERE.
Through Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.
Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.
For more info and an application click HERE. Applications are due January 25, 2016.
Monday, October 26th – 6 pm to 9 pm
Bryant Park Grill, 25 W 40th Street in Manhattan
A delightful selection of appetizers will be served with an open bar.
Please join us to celebrate another colorful, bountiful growing season. Raise a glass to the amazing work of New York City’s community gardeners. Support Green Guerillas programs.
Buy early bird tickets by October 5th and receive a set of colorful GGs notecards as a gift!
Tickets: $100, $150, $250, $500, $1000
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.