We are raising money to improve green spaces as a vehicle to Educate and Empower communities in Brooklyn and Queens
Your contribution will go towards critical repairs at gardens in dire need and programming designed to elevate the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods. We need immediate help as we look to have the gardens repaired in time for the growing season so we can stay open to the public. We impact the community in a number of ways:
Youth Education and Empowerment
The Good Life Garden in Brooklyn, one of our gardens, is a green space that had fallen into the hands of vagrants and drug dealers over a decade ago. We cleaned it up and now use it as a space to uplift the community. We believe our future is in the youth. We have hosted the Girls Scouts who planted vegetables and learned how food grows. We also worked with teachers from Bushwick Ascend Middle School to design a garden centered 3 week curriculum focusing on Math, History of the neighborhood, and Art expression. Like many schools in this area, they lack open space for these programs.
Food Access and Healthy Living
Part of our ongoing programming is providing vegetables and sometimes full meals to the community. Many of our neighborhoods are food deserts with no affordable healthy options anywhere.
Here we cooked a free lunch played music and it became a block party! We gave away over 1,000 lbs of food this past summer and can do more with your help. Senior Engagement
We reserve space in our garden for seniors and we listen to their guidance. Last year only 3 of them were gardening. Now we have over 30 senior gardeners growing their own produce and staying active in an area where they previously did not feel welcome. Arts and Culture
These are from Arts Festivals we hosted this past summer. We welcome musicians, poets, painters and artists of all mediums to enrich our creativity and celebrate diversity.
Your contribution will allow us to continue the work of addressing the needs in our neighborhoods and expand our capacity to deliver on our mission. This is an incredibly crucial time for us as we are trying to repair gardens and get them open for the next growing season.
Your support means the world to us. It gives us the strength and courage to keep going. People doing what they can to help remind us that the beauty is in the process. It is about people collaborating and learning that we have strength as a community. We grow together.