GrowNYC Responds to Mayor’s Obesity Task Force with Gardens
GrowNYC is working with the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force to build five “Gardens for Healthy Communities” strategically placed in or around District Public Health Office zones (areas facing high rates of diet-related diseases) to serve youth and seniors in particular. GrowNYC leveraged resources from volunteer community groups as well as significant corporate volunteer support to help move soil, build new beds, picnic tables, and shade structures. Here are some highlights from the gardens we are tasked with:
- At Keap St. Community Garden a new metal tool shed, new mulch and soil, garden beds and a rainwater harvesting structure will help Williamsburg residents eat healthier.
- Working with residents and teachers from PS 29, Melrose Community Garden in the Bronx provides farm style rows, garden beds, a shade structure, chicken coop, and compost.
- At Vinegar Hill Community Garden in Brooklyn, you’ll find a group of enthusiastic volunteers who helped us assemble 12 garden beds, mulch the entire garden area, install a rainwater system and a shade structure, and implement vertical growing to comfortably harvest their produce.
- After tree pruning and debris removal at the Whole Neighborhood Garden, Bedford-Stuyvesant now has more space and enough sun for growing vegetables, as well as a tool shed and rainwater collection system at this site on Bedford Avenue.
- In the Rockaways, a 45,000 sq. ft. lot received new soil and mulch, a shade structure, rainwater harvesting system, tool sheds, 16 dwarf fruit trees, and picnic tables so that Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and Edgemere Farm can use the food for their pantry distribution.