A new stage and mural for JDD Garden

December 1, 2010

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


Learn It, Grow It, Eat It students in the garden and at market

October 20, 2010

We started our Learn It, Grow It, Eat It (LGE) program in 2005 as a collaboration between our community garden and environmental education programs. LGE students, from four high schools in the Bronx and one in Manhattan, take part in a three-part program: growing food in local community gardens; receiving nutrition education, which they then use to perform health-related outreach activities in their schools and neighborhoods; and operating a Youthmarket community farm stand where they sell the food they grow. Today was the second to last day at their Youthmarket, but the market was still full of produce from their garden. The last market day of the season is next Wednesday, October 27th, at Boston Road and 169th St from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. Take a look at some photos from their garden at Wishing Well Community Garden and from their Youthmarket.

A garden grows on Randall's Island

October 8, 2010

For the past 6 months, GrowNYC's Open Space Greening program has been hard at work building a Children's Garden on Randall's Island. The garden features over 30 raised beds, currently growing kale, collard greens, carrots, four varieties of tomatoes, and many other vegetables and herbs. Under the guidance of GrowNYC's Gerard Lordahl, children from the Stanley Isaacs Community Center have been growing vegetables and receiving cooking instruction as part of the Isaacs Center's "The Growing Place" project. The Randall's Island Children's Learning Garden is located within the Icahn Stadium complex. School groups interested in visiting or working in the garden should contact our School Gardens Coordinator.

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