by Kristen Bonardi Rapp
Thanks again to all of you who were able to make it last night (in the rain!) and for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some highlights:
Intros from garden co-founders Kristen and Tia and the vision we see for this space: A community garden that uses permaculture and other environmentally agreeable methods to grow food. Providing cheap or free fruits and vegetables to low income families in exchange for their volunteer work. youth programs that provide hands on experiences. Creating a self sustaining environment in the community for all families to remove heavy reliance on grocery stores.
What’s been done so far: Reaching out to Bed-Stuy residents through Facebook, our Yahoo group, Bed-Stuy Gateway and community flyers. Contacting other organizations for insight, resources and any other helpful info.
Next steps: Applying to HPD (the city’s department of Housing and Property Development) for permission to use the space, registering our group with GreenThumb and filling the garden positions for a complete committee.
Special Guest Speakers: Drew from BK Permaculture come out and talk a bit about what they do and who they are. They will be instrumental in helping us plan the space, soil reclamation for safe gardening grounds, procuring free and cheap supplies and writing grants that we might need.
We also had Nathan and Chris come out from [n]form Design Studio. They both have an architectural background and will be really useful to us when it is time to outfit our garden with structures and furniture — not to mention another 4 hands on deck for digging and planting. They are both really interested in community outreach within Bed-Stuy.
We then wrapped up the meeting with some group introductions and some Q & A.
- getting together a garden design committee
- submitting our application to the city