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.
The 2015 market season is in full swing at the Youth Farm.
Load up on fresh, locally grown produce at an amazing youth-powered farmers market every Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm through October 28th. The market is located right on the Youth Farm at 600 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
For more info CLICK HERE
Earlier this year the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) published a list of 181 sites available for developers to build housing through their New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program (NIHOP) and Neighborhood Construction Program (NCP), including sites that are community gardens.
The New York City Community Garden Coalition and 596 Acres have worked hard to raise awareness about this issue, mobilize people, and support community gardeners. Unfortunately, twenty community gardens remain on the list of possible development sites even though HPD has hundreds of vacant sites it can utilize for these programs.
In a letter to commissioner Vicki Been, Green Guerillas urged HPD to remove the community garden sites from the development list and engage in discussions about how to protect and preserve these precious green spaces.
Please add your voice to the calls for the community gardens to be removed from HPD’s list and ask that they be protected rather than offered as development sites.
Reach out to your Council Member – you can find contact information HERE.
Send a message to the Mayor HERE.
Community gardens on the HPD List:
Electric Ladybug Community Garden: 237 W. 111th St.
Harlem Grown: 126 W. 134th St.
Harlem Valley Garden: 197 W. 134th St.
Jackie Robinson Tenant Assoc. Garden: 1761-63 Park Ave.
Pleasant Valley Community Garden: 505-507 E. 118 St.
La Casita Verde: 107 Division Ave.
Halsey Ralph and Howard Garden: 774 Halsey St.
Patchen Community Square Garden: 140-142 Patchen Ave.
462 Halsey Community Garden: 462 Halsey St.
New Harvest Community Garden: 119-125 Vernon Ave.
Tranquility Farm: 267 Throop Ave.
El Garden: 118 Jefferson Street
Positive Seeds of Life Garden: 554-558 Snediker Avenue
Imani II Garden: 1680 Pacific St.
Brownsville Student Farm: 514-522 Rockaway Ave.
Ten Neighbors Community Garden: 658 Saratoga Ave.
Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Garden: 615 Saratoga Ave.
Brownsville Community Farm: 237-239 Herzl St.
Green Valley Community Garden: 93 New Lots Ave.
McKinley Childrens Garden: 108-59 Union Hall Street