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Community Gardens on HPD Land Still at Risk

| May 21st, 2015

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:

Manhattan
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.

Brooklyn
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.

Queens
McKinley Childrens Garden: 108-59 Union Hall Street

 

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Youth Farm CSA Shares Available

| March 31st, 2015

Sign up today for vegetable shares or flower shares from the amazing Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Click HERE for more information and an application form.

Please sign up by June 1st.

YF veggies low res

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Composting Grants Available from CCNYC

| March 9th, 2015

Citizens Committee for New York City, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer have partnered to offer grants to start, expand and grow composting programs in all five boroughs of New York City.

Grants of up to $750 are awarded to community groups working on neighborhood composting programs. Groups eligible for funding include community associations, community gardens, friends of park groups, housing development groups, nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private businesses. Grants can be used to purchase materials to start or expand upon a composting program.

Click HERE for an application and more information.

Applications are due March 27th.

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Assistant Farm Manager Position Available

| February 10th, 2015

The team at the amazing Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service is looking for an assistant farm manager to help manage this 1 acre production farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. For the right person, this is a great opportunity to farm, manage a CSA, teach, and mentor. Apply by February 15th.

Click HERE for more information.

GGs Benefit Blurb Photo

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Community Gardens on HPD Land at Risk

| February 4th, 2015

The City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently 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).  Seventeen of the selected sites are currently active community gardens, while more than 750 sites in HPD’s inventory were not included on the list.

Community gardeners are urging the City to remove the community garden sites from the development list.

The NYC Community Garden Coalition is organizing a rally on February 10th at 9 am on the steps of City Hall. Come out and show your support for community gardeners.

596 Acres has done a great job mapping the sites and mapping the HPD sites – click HERE.

Our neighborhoods need community gardens AND affordable housing!

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