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!
Learn to be a farmer – right in Brooklyn!
The Youth Farm offers one of NYC’s only farm training programs for beginning farmers. No prior experience necessary — just a passion for food systems change, a willingness to work hard, and ability to commit to our intensive program.
Info session with farmer Molly Culver on January 28th, 6 pm to 8 pm at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street in Brooklyn). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Click HERE for an application – applications are due February 1st..
Through its Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement 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.
CLICK HERE for an application – deadline is January 26, 2015.
Meet Your Maker – Dinner with Three of Brooklyn’s Most Notable Chefs!
A Fundraiser for The Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service
Thursday, November 6th at 61 Local Public House in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Space is limited – tickets are $55, purchase HERE.
The Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service will host an intimate evening featuring Rob Newton of Nightingale 9, Zahara Tangorra of Brucie, and Andres Valbuena of Martha along with a cheese tasting from Consider Bardwell Farm and local wine and beer from 61 Local!
The chefs will each prepare tastes using seasonal ingredients from the Youth Farm, paired with local beer and wine, with pairing advice from Kris de la Torre.
Meet Your Maker will raise money for farm-based educational programming at the Youth Farm, enabling hundreds of students to learn about everything from food justice to environmental science on the farm.
Visit the Facebook event page HERE.
Monday, October 27th – 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.
Tickets: $100, $150, $250
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.