United Community Centers Garden

United Community Centers Garden

600 Schenck Avenue
East New York, Brooklyn

Two-thirds of the East New York community is under the age of 18. As a member of East New York Farms, UCC provides a pastime for the huge youth population in the neighborhood. Every year, twenty interns are selected to be a part of this youth program. Debra, a leader of this program, teaches the interns how to maintain the garden and helps sell its produce at the local Farmers Market. This huge garden has its own honey bee hives, compost pile, greenhouse, and rain water harvesting system. The 1100 gallon rain water tank collects from 2 buildings, which add up to 1800 square feet of roof. Because the garden is so far from the roofs downspouts, over 50 feet of piping is used to direct rainwater into this tank. There are two separate roof washers, one for each roof.

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Educate

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.