Nonprofit Hosts 52 New York City Gardens

This is the first part of a series about the series New York Rehabilitation Project, An organization dedicated to providing equitable green space for New York residents.

Of Riley-Levine Children’s Garden At Sherman Creek Park in New York City, it is providing public space, training and resources to develop a deeper connection between youth and local food systems.

“This garden was built for educational purposes only,” said park manager Edward Santos. 16 Riley-Levine beds filled with tilly, egg, pumpkin, squash and cattle are cared for by community organizations and school teams from a nearby elementary school.

The garden is entrusted to him New York Rehabilitation Project (NYRP). NYRP manages 52 community gardens, maintains 80 acres of park land, and has helped plant more than 1 million trees in five counties in New York City.Ai was founded by an artist in 1995 My house Midler, NYRP is New York City’s largest private land lender.

Right now, just 16 percent New York City land and 0.6 percent of the budget is used for parks and recreation. New York residents for parks It has only 0.2 acres of open space for 1,000 residents in the East Harley neighborhood of Riley-Levine.

A.D. Santos, who volunteered in 1996, recalls a time when the garden was an illegal dump. He was able to see the potential of the land, and using the tradition he planted the first seeds for the three sisters’ garden Indigenous mound method– Practice growing beans, corn and squash in a rich soil mound. And there is food production – the proximity of the park to the Harlem River is cooler than in urban parks, allowing a variety of crops to grow. Along the coast, NewRup’s artificial oyster reef helps to preserve biodiversity. Free gardening workshops, movie evenings, and a recent own salad event encourage community members to get involved and enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables.

“When people see that they deserve what they deserve,” says Monti Lawson, the city’s agricultural coordinator, to the food tank. Great food for people who love the community, great places ነው It’s amazing to see what my home has started.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, they relied on gardeners to provide safety for volunteers, to maintain NewRP beds, and to focus on mutual assistance. They planted fast-growing crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes in all of the Riley-Levine beds, and provided them for community refrigeration and crop production. Children’s Aid Association Food gifts.

By mid-2021, community groups began to return as part of the Riley-Levine Adope-A-Bed program to install beds. These organizations use their membership in a variety of ways. Papa’s Garden, For example, trains people with disabilities for gardening. Amaya books Through him, the development program encourages healthy eating and reading. And Washington Heights and Inwood Food Council Manages six beds and invites families to come together. They host Food justice Seminars.

In addition to managing their 52 gardens, the NYRP helps community groups renovate public spaces in their neighborhoods. Of For city gardens The program distributes soil, wood, labor, and other resources to groups in the South Bronx, Central Brooklyn, North Manhattan, and Southeast Queens. New York has recently distributed more than 1,100 plants to satellite gardens, and Lawson says it strengthens its mission to “plant plants and feed food.”

“When people know that they can use their hands to protect themselves and their families, there is a power,” Lawson told the Food Tank. “There is already a lot of wisdom in the community: in many ways, it is [gardening] Very intelligent. We want people to make more connections and learn from each other, and we want them to share what we know.

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