Greyston Oak Street Community Garden
Greyston's Oak Street Garden Project, to be completed in summer 2014, will provide residents of the Nodine Hill neighborhood of Yonkers, NY with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, open space for recreation and relaxation, and comprehensive environmental education. Greyson is a nonprofit community development agency that has served the community of Southwest Yonkers, NY since 1982 and currently operates six community gardens throughout the city, each of which has been created in partnership with the City of Yonkers and serves dozens of families throughout the year. Much of Southwest Yonkers - the poorest part of the city - can be considered a food desert; the lack of access to healthy food options is a significant contributor to rates of obesity and nutritional deficiency. Our program helps to fill a critical niche by providing organic fruits and vegetables to residents.
Our newest garden will be located on a 2,178 foot vacant parcel owned by the Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) - an allied community agency - who have agreed to partner with us to create a new garden site; when complete, it will contain 22 garden plots situated on raised beds. We are currently in the predevelopment stage for the new garden; a memorandum of understanding between YCAP and Greyston has been executed and initial funds to allow us to begin work on the new garden have been secured. We currently seek support to allow us to acquire additional items needed for the new garden. Support from Sow it Forward will be used to purchase a mini-greenhouse for the new garden, which will serve as both a functional incubator for plants as well as a hands-on tool to be used in educational programming for youths and families conducted by Lucy Moreno-Casanova, our longtime and experienced Community Gardens Program Coordinator.
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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