New Community Garden Report & GardenMaps Release

By Mara Gittleman Two new resources for community garden info in NYC!! Last month, GrowNYC and GreenThumb (NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation) released a comprehensive report about community gardens in New York City today. The report comes from a survey issued in 2009 and the first half of 2010, sent to 500 community gardens, … Continued

Data entry! Some highlights in the tedium

We’ve been super busy the last few weeks busily mapping gardens before the harvest is over (please lend a few hours to help! It’s really fun and will help enormously!), and collecting Harvest Logs from dedicated gardeners with scales to enter into the database. Taking a break from the repetitive, tedious process of entering each … Continued

Honey, Cantaloupe, and Pickles

Roger has been keeping bees at Genesis Park “since before they were illegal.” He learned from the pastor at St. Augustine, the adjacent church at which he plays the organ – the pastor had in turn learned from a monk. During dinner, over incredible conversation and debate, we did a honey tasting like one would a wine tasting, noting hints of mint from spring and clover from summer.

Genesis Park is one of the dozens of gardens across the boroughs that is tracking its produce for Farming Concrete. Each garden does it slightly differently, as each garden and each gardener has a unique variation on plot allotment, harvest patterns, social vibe, commitments, rules, and decision-making.