462 Halsey Community Garden
462 Halsey Community Garden transformed a long-vacant lot into a thriving food-producing hub that provides neighbors with a lush, healthy space to commune with each other and nature. Our community garden in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, is one of the only gardens in the city that leaves its gates open to welcome the public into our haven. We have over 40 active members committed to growing organic food in private and communal beds. We use recycled material for the majority of our building projects. We serve as a local compost drop-off station. In 2013, with the help of Bed Stuy residents we turned over 14,000lbs of food scraps into nutritious, organic fertilizer to keep our crops growing. 462 Halsey has an ever-expanding rainwater collection system, an aquaponics tank powered by solar panels and plans to build a greenhouse. A member of our compost team uses 462 Halsey as a lab while he develops We Radiate, a startup dedicated to using renewable energy from compost to heat public spaces.
The produce grown in 462 Hasley communal beds is free for all. Communal beds double as education centers, planted and tended by local school children. This year we hope to install sub-irrigations planters to increase our yield and demonstrate another planting technique. Our education team met weekly with two special education classes last year. We are actively seeking greater partnerships with local schools. In spring 2014 we will begin our first apprentice program with local high schools. The garden hosts culinary and gardening workshops and neighborhood kids’ DIY club.
462 Halsey takes example of the myriad partnerships available. We are proudest of our partnership with Grow NYC that brings $10 fresh local produce boxes to Bed Stuy. The weekly boxes have 15-20lbs of food filling a tremendous need for affordable, healthy food.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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