Community garden survey released

In 2009 and 2010, GrowNYC hosted Compton Mentor Fellow Mara Gittleman. Mentored by Open Space Greening Assistant Director Lenny Librizzi, Mara's first project was updating the community garden information on OASIS, a powerful GIS-based online map that allows users to view details about every block and lot in the five boroughs. This was the first full-scale update to the community garden information in many years.

This updated information gave us the opportunity to collect and analyze data and create charts and maps highlighting all the benefits of community gardens. Nearly half of the city's 500 community gardens responded to the survey, answering questions like:

How many community gardens are there today?
How many grow food, and which crops?
How does one join a garden in my neighborhood?
What kinds of partnerships with schools and community groups do gardens have?
What types of events take place?

The results are astounding! 80% of responding gardens grow food, 65% compost, and 43% partner with at least one local school.

Read the report (PDF 6.92 mb).

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NFDP's 10th Anniversary

 

This past Saturday night, more than 40 graduates of the "La Nueva Siembra" training program celebrated the tenth anniversary of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project.

“There were 75 total guests, with 8 current farmers and more than 40 graduates from La Nueva Siembra, including 5 participants from the most recent 2010 class," reported Chris Wayne, NFDP Coordinator. Special guests included both the founding director of the project, Rachel Danifer, and the previous director, Kate Granger. Also in attendance were long time Cornell Cooperative Extension agent and NFDP training specialist John Ameroso and his wife Linda.

Nestor Tello, an egg and chicken producer from Dutchess County, was the winner of the evening’s raffle and took home a broadcast seeder and a 50lb bag of cover crop seed. He hopes to use the seed on a new piece of property that he is in the process of acquiring in Greene County.

Greenmarket holiday schedule

All Saturday Greenmarkets will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.  The schedule for Sunday Greenmarkets, effective December 26 and January 2, is below.

77th Street – closed Dec 26, open Jan 2

Carroll Gardens – closed Dec 26, open Jan 2
Columbia – open Dec 26 and Jan 2
Cortelyou – open Dec 26 and Jan 2
Jackson Heights – closed Dec 26 and Jan 2
Tompkins – open Dec 26 and Jan 2

There will be no textile collections at any market on December 24-26, December 31, and January 1-2.

 

Dreaming of a Green Holiday?

As we slow down to celebrate another year with friends and family, the flow of waste seems to speed up. Egg nog cartons stack up on the counter, wrapping paper litters the living room, ugly sweaters spill out of drawers and not-so-obsolete electronics are transformed into pricey paperweights. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help you reduce waste and clear out clutter without clogging a landfill. Even Grandma’s greeting can go to a good cause.

Go to tips.

Recycling Poster Series

Ever wish you could do more to educate your neighbors or tenants about recycling and waste prevention?  Check out this series of recycling posters from GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education.  Download the poster of your choice in black & white or color, print and post in recycling rooms, lobbies or other common areas of your building.  A new poster is issued each month in OROE’s NYC Recycling Updates e-newsletter.

Junk Mail Poster Junk Mail Poster Check the Neck
Million Pound Challenge
Paper Recycling Tip
Paper Recycling Tip

Where to buy a Christmas tree & other holiday decor

Farmers at several Greenmarket locations harvest a variety of evergreen trees. Here's a list of markets where you can get a locally grown tree, wreath, or garland for all your holiday decorating needs:

Manhattan

77th Street Sunday
Abingdon Square Saturday
Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Boro Hall Saturday
Fort Greene Park Saturday
Grand Army Plaza Saturday

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

GrowNYC's Thanksgiving Produce Bags were a big hit this year, distributing close to 2,000 lb of fresh, local produce to Harlem residents for the holiday. $4 produce bags filled with 5 pounds of seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and collard greens were sold at four locations throughout Harlem.

Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who made it possible! See you next year.

A new stage and mural for JDD Garden

Recently, the roof on the stage/gazebo at JDD Garden had fallen into disrepair. In addition to providing gardening space for some of our Learn It, Grow It, Eat It students, the garden plays host to community events, meetings, and parties, so a solution was needed.

Thanks to generous support from Morrisania Revitalization Corp. and BASICS Inc., GrowNYC has spent the last month demolishing the old structure and building a new one, suitable for performances, shaded sitting, and a new rainwater harvesting system. GrowNYC staff was assisted by volunteers from BASICS and the Sustainable South Bronx Best Academy.

Gazebo/stage reconstruction

Mural

Pelham Bay Park clearing

As part of GrowNYC’s Environmental Education program, 31 students from DeWitt Clinton HS spent half a day clearing 3,800 square feet of bush honeysuckle invasive plants at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The NYC Parks Department will follow the students’ work by planting natives in the area.

Grains Week - a success!

Greenmarket Grains Week—seven days of collaborative programming to promote the re-emergence of local grains in our regional food system—has ended, and we're proud to say that it was a huge success! Home bakers compared recipes and tried each other's bread; experts discussed the past, present, and future of local grains; and baking classes and cooking demonstrations showed New Yorkers how to use local grains to make anything from pancakes to bagels.

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