Accomplishments - 2004

Here are some of our varied accomplishments from 2004:

All through our history The More Gardens! Coalition has worked closely with homeless and low income housing groups such as Metropolitan Council on Housing, Picture the Homeless, and Good Old Lower East Side Inc. (GOLES) towards a shared vision of neighborhood. Now in the Bronx, we have begun building bridges with local housing rights organizations

Last month marked a rare victory in the courts for community gardeners against the City of New York. In this legal action More Gardens! was especially active in helping the South Bronx United Gardens and their magnificent representatives, the Urban Justice Center. This was the first time the terms of the State Attorney General’s Community Garden Settlement were successfully enforced. On November 24th, Hon. Eileen Branston State Supreme Court Judge granted a Temporary Restraining Order which led to a settlement for permanent and agreeable sites for Sunshine, Family Group, and Latinos Unidos, all under imminent bulldozer threat.

The More Gardens! Coalition and South Bronx United Gardens’ joint community organizing effort for Sunshine, Family Group, and Latinos Unidos Gardens received generous coverage in both the mainstream and alternative press.

Additionally, in recent years, we at More Gardens! have been instrumental in the organizing of South Bronx United Gardens (SBUG), a local gardeners coalition from the Melrose neighborhood.

This summer More Gardens! began decomposing (“de-cycling”) used motor oil using oyster mushroom spawn in an experimental bio-remediation clean-up program at our Courtlandt Garden site.

More Gardens! has also entered into an ambitious educational partnership with PS 29, CIS 303, and Bronx Council on the Arts.

This past spring, summer, and fall we hosted Kids’ Days in the Garden every Saturday from April through November

In 2004, More Gardens! orchestrated over a hundred free workshops and outreach events. Including, but not limited to, organic gardening methods, tree sculpture building, sheet mulching, tree climbing, giant bike puppet building, face-painting, other forms of puppetry, banner making, and song writing.