Sustainable
Gardens
Project

 

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Sustainable Gardens Project is a High Line program that supports the initiation or expansion of innovative urban gardening projects across New York City. Historically, community gardens are often resident-initiated spaces that serve to address the lack of vibrant green spaces in many areas of the city. The High Line’s Sustainable Gardens Project is led through a partnership with Oko Farms.

 

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Sustainable Gardens Project is a High Line program that supports the initiation or expansion of innovative urban gardening projects across New York City. Historically, community gardens are often resident-initiated spaces that serve to address the lack of vibrant green spaces in many areas of the city. The High Line’s Sustainable Gardens Project is led through a partnership with Oko Farms.

1. BRIGHTER CHOICE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn 2. FARMERS GARDEN Ocean Hill, Brooklyn 3. KELLY STREET GARDEN Longwood, The Bronx 4. JAMES BALDWIN OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER Kingsbridge Heights, The Bronx 5. WILLIAM B. WASHINGTON MEMORIAL GARDEN Harlem, New York 6. PS 33 CHELSEA PREP Chelsea, New York

 

Studies show that even the smallest urban gardens offer an important opportunity for improving people’s quality of life. These gardens are essential and multifaceted, serving as spaces for gathering and sharing of ideas, as centers for growing and distributing locally grown food, and as places of healing and mutual aid. We seek to ignite civic connection by creating a cohort of active-learning gardeners who will rise to the imminent challenges presented by climate change.

The Sustainable Gardens Project participating gardens are awarded stipends of $1,500 to support the initiation or expansion of community-led, urban public green spaces. In addition to financial support, recipients are creating a peer learning network. Over the course of the year, cohort members will participate in professional development workshops facilitated by Yemi Amu from Oko Farms. Participants also receive site assessments and one-on-one consultations to help support the long-term development of their projects and sustainability of their gardens.

The Sustainable Gardens Project is a follow-up to the Community Parks Initiative (CPI). From 2015 – 2019, we proudly partnered with NYC Parks in supporting open space stewardship through CPI. Led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, CPI was an investment in public parks with the greatest needs across New York City. The High Line was one of eight conservancy organizations that participated in CPI by sharing resources in design, project management, horticulture, programming, public art, advocacy, and capacity building.

1. BRIGHTER CHOICE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn 2. FARMERS GARDEN Ocean Hill, Brooklyn 3. KELLY STREET GARDEN Longwood, The Bronx 4. JAMES BALDWIN OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER Kingsbridge Heights, The Bronx 5. WILLIAM B. WASHINGTON MEMORIAL GARDEN Harlem, New York 6. PS 33 CHELSEA PREP Chelsea, New York

 

Studies show that even the smallest urban gardens offer an important opportunity for improving people’s quality of life. These gardens are essential and multifaceted, serving as spaces for gathering and sharing of ideas, as centers for growing and distributing locally grown food, and as places of healing and mutual aid. We seek to ignite civic connection by creating a cohort of active-learning gardeners who will rise to the imminent challenges presented by climate change.

The Sustainable Gardens Project participating gardens are awarded stipends of $1,500 to support the initiation or expansion of community-led, urban public green spaces. In addition to financial support, recipients are creating a peer learning network. Over the course of the year, cohort members will participate in professional development workshops facilitated by Yemi Amu from Oko Farms. Participants also receive site assessments and one-on-one consultations to help support the long-term development of their projects and sustainability of their gardens.

The Sustainable Gardens Project is a follow-up to the Community Parks Initiative (CPI). From 2015 – 2019, we proudly partnered with NYC Parks in supporting open space stewardship through CPI. Led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, CPI was an investment in public parks with the greatest needs across New York City. The High Line was one of eight conservancy organizations that participated in CPI by sharing resources in design, project management, horticulture, programming, public art, advocacy, and capacity building.

Brighter Choice Community School (BCCS)

Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
BCCS is a public elementary school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The garden is managed by Edible Schoolyard NYC (ESYNYC) and is used as a hands-on classroom for weekly classes. Classes connect students to where their food comes from, encourages them to try new foods, and builds leadership skills and environmental stewardship. The garden consists of primarily edible plants and is maintained by ESYNC staff as well as volunteers.

The Farmers Garden

Ocean Hill, Brooklyn
The Farmers Garden re-opened in the summer of 2019 after being abandoned for several years. The mission of Farmers Garden is to build a community garden that acts as a space for educating residents of Ocean Hill, Bushwick, and Brownsville in using urban agriculture as a practice for healing, community building, and developing economic literacy centered around communities of color.

The goals of their Sustainable Gardens Project are to create a thriving habitat for small and large life forms—especially at-risk pollinator species and beneficial native plants typically marginalized in the cityscape—promote horticultural practices that protect the value and uniqueness of the bioregion, and nurture community well-being by maintaining a safe and open space to practice environmental stewardship and civic engagement.

Kelly Street Garden

Longwood, The Bronx
Kelly Street Garden was organized as a reaction to the disinvestment and food insecurity in the Bronx. Their mission is the physical, emotional, holistic, nutritional, mental, and psychological wellness of their neighbors. The Kelly Street Garden is a social justice project bringing fresh produce into the South Bronx. Their initiative begins with working alongside residents in Kelly Street to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a sustainable and pesticide-free environment. They’re also actively participating and engaging in community forums, engaging in resident dialogues, and expanding their initiative to the surrounding community who struggle to access nutritional and affordable food.

James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center

Kingsbridge Heights, The Bronx
James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center utilizes the existing and planned school resources, grounds, and gardens of DeWitt Clinton High School Campus in the Bronx to develop programs in outdoor environmental education for sustainable living and food preparation and services. Their goal is to build a healthier Bronx community by engaging, integrating, educating, and serving students and community members—especially low-income and marginalized people—in collaboration with numerous partner organizations with common interests.

William B. Washington Memorial Garden

Harlem, New York
The William B. Washington Memorial Garden started in 1993 as a joint venture between Progressive Baptist Church located at 327 West 126th Street and the residents of the block. The garden is named after the former pastor of Progressive, Rev. Dr. William B. Washington, who died in 1982. Rev. Washington deeply believed in community involvement and was well-loved and respected throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

Throughout its tenure, the garden has received numerous grants and awards including The Trust for Public Land’s “Neighborhood and Open Space Management Grants 1995-1997, The Citizen’s Committee’s “Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood” and Ruth Messinger’s “Certificate of Volunteerism”.

In 2010, after much lobbying, The William B. Washington Memorial Garden was granted permanent park status.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep

Chelsea, New York
PS 33 is a public elementary school in Chelsea NYC. The garden is managed by the Garden Team, students, families, and the wonderful staff. It is used with students to help grow producers that will be feed to the live herbivores in the Science Lab, in addition to the fresh mint that students will be able to use as the flavor in their recyclable water bottles.

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