Lets grow a garden!
A community garden means different things to many people. I use community gardening simply to get physical exercise. For some, a community garden is a green space to grow food, flowers and herbs in the presence of neighbors and friends. For others, it is a place to reconnect with nature which an ability that is difficult to come by because while living in Bed Stuy we lack adequate space to have a garden in our homes. More and more of the open green spaces are quickly being bought out, and repurposed into tall apartment buildings, and parking lots --specifically by the Housing Preservation Department who's primary aim is to buy and develop 'affordable housing' all over NYC. Affordable for who? While on the other big end, there are a plethora of vacant properties that already exist throughout the city and need to be renovated but have not or are not or IDK when.
It appears as if HPD is refusing to lease their lots over to the neighbors in the community, to be kept a green space and turned into a garden, because the mayor needs to have the option open for developers to build something necessary to keep his housing agenda thriving. An agenda that has been in progress since the time Mayor Giuliani was in office. The people of the community have little knowledge on the inevitable plans the community board refuse to share with us.
Meaning my garden friends -- together we need to come together in hopes of designing a green structure for the LOT 52. Indeed, that is the same lot that HPD is working towards selling to an independent contractor. This independent contractor will construct cement works for monetary gain. either a parking lot, Our main focus is not so much the community gardens, which are already ran by the community with much help from NYC Parks, however our focus is on making Brooklyn Green Again by sustaining and maintaining the green spaces that are available.
With your signatures, and contact information, you will be a part of great change within our community.
Please sign the petition in support of a community garden in the lot on Jefferson Avenue!