More Gardens! Meeting First Thursdays of the Month at 6.00pm, - call to confirm

Please Come to the More Gardens! Meeting

WHEN: Thursday March 5th, 6.00pm (usually 1st Thursdays)

WHERE:
More Gardens! office
250 East 139th Street, 2 floors up
call 718-665-3999 or aresh@moregardens.org
or call 917 518 9987 field cell phone/ messages

Directions By Subway

Take the 4, 5, or 6 first train stop in the South Bronx at 138th Street. After you get out of the subway,
walk to139th Street and Morris where it meets 3rd Avenue. More Gardens! The purple office door is to the LEFT of Maria's Tyre Shop sign, two flights up.... tada.

 

Please bring potluck

Proposed Agenda:

6.30 pm Deep Check ins - Be Present style, starts promptly
South Bronx Urban Farm Cooperative
Summer Camp
Finances
Grants
Interns
Updates:

SBUG

Councilmember Foster 's district: Stood by her community gardeners
and made them permanent! Also helping with City-wide Legislation!

Badillo Rose Garden is preserved in its entirety where she stands.
Councilmember Foster tells all city agencies to move the planned building to where they want to relocate the community garden.

Ms. Foster is currently working with NYCCGC and More Gardens! for legislation to strengthen the "Attorney General's community garden agreement" soon coming to a close.

Ms. Foster is also calling for unused open space NYCHA land in her district to be transfered/bought for community garden relocation site for LIttle Green Garden and Cabo Rojo .

Topping it all she is also the keynote speaker for the community garden forum coming up May 31st.


Councilmemer Arroyo's District:
Needs huge improvement in standing up to developers and preserving her community green spaces. Major losses of community gardens as well as parks (Yankee Stadium). Needs to follow through after stating her commitments.

Cabo Rojo Community garden, buldozed for the fourth time in its challenged life.
We had asked the councilmember to preserve this forested community
garden where it lives, and after 2 years of delays (eventually meeting
with chief of staff), and eventual disclaimer her attempt to help with
relocation fell short. Very similar to the loss of two other previous community
gardens below.

Aguada, Councilmemer Arroyo assisted with a NYCHA relocation. the proposed site is smaller, and has less legal rights, on the other hand
it is close to the Seniors. Garden was destroyed by sanitation in Spring 2007 after a year of waiting for a relocation. The community gardeners are still waiting for a timeline or a contract.

Vogue community garden, bulldozed and moved on top of half of Bush, Community Garden (adjacent endangered community garden).

Rock community garden- Struggling community garden repeatedly set back by city agents destroying the new plants. The members are working on a budget plan and working to garner more members.

HUG

Councilmember Mark-Viverito's district: Has worked closely with HUG and included them in all the meetings with developers. Followed through with her commitments. Walking Tour of El Barrio/East Harlem community gardens April 26th.

East Harlem Endangered Gardens -

Magic Garden: At a meeting with Councilmember Mark-Viverito, Lantern Development, Magic Gardeners & More Gardens!, Lantern Development has opted to change their plans to preserve Magic garden where it is located.

Young Devils,
Developers 116 Block Association are meeting through Councilmember Melissa Mark- Viverito to preserve the community garden.
The developers ignored Councilmember Mark-Viverit's requests to meet and come up with a negotiated land use plan the developers have reduced the avenues to keep the communities long growing oasis where many seniors prosper. We are asking for the interior garden space to be acceible to the outside and made into a community garden.

Chenchita - Farmers market and community workdays are coming up.

Three community gardens, one of which was completely destroyed another partially by Loewn Group Development, are being made permanent assisted by Councilmember Melissa Mark- Viverito. They are La Cuevita, Pueblo Unido and Tito Puente garden (110th street block assoc). We are waiting for replacement fruit trees and new iron gate fences paid for by the developer.
Fourth community garden, Perla del grup Ponceno - resisted dramatical change from a very large Casita to a more green community garden and may soon be developed on.

After months of anticipation and presistance, El Gallo is also going to be preserved in its entirety, Sanidad del Ciello and Minni Barrio community gardens will be relocating into El Gallo. Again thanks toCouncilmember Melissa Mark- Viverito and the big Gingko tree. El Gallo presently is a location for the construction of a brand new Casita built by Chema (Centro Cultural Rincon Criollo) and Fernando (El Flamboyan), through GreenThumb.

Councilmember Dickens district: Needs to meet with community gardens
after 2 years of calls and requests.

-Central Harlem Endangered Gardens many have been bulldozed none as
yet preserved.

Inez Dickens 2 years and HUG is still waiting for a meeting.

-Mapping all Harlem endangered community gardens

LES

Councilmember Gerson's district: Has stood by the children's Magical Garden. Needs to make the HPD lots preserved under Parks

Children's Magical Garden Coucilperson Gerson anounced that the developer Serge Hoyda is not interested in selling his one third of the garden plot -
HPD Meeting to make the other 2/3ds into parks with Alan's support.
Rally into the community board with proposal?

Brooklyn Coney Island has endangered community gardens- Need Help

Unity Tower Tenant Association-- 1917 Surf Avenue, contact: Mr. Verzell Thomas, 718-946-6067

Senior Citizens Block Association of Mermaid Ave-- 2917 West 20th Street, contact: Mr. James Simmons, 718-946-3452

Surf Side Garden-- 2829 Surf Avenue, contact: Mr. Mahow Henry, 347-546-0023

CD Update, release date and release celebration.

Grants, Fundraiser.