How Safe is Your Garden, Really?

I’ve gotten this through several listserves now–it looks like an important and timely event.

How Safe is Your Garden, Really?

Saturday, June 16th

NYCCGC 2007 Community Gardeners Forum
in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auditorium
10:00am – 1:30pm

Across the city, even “permanent” community gardens are being threatened—and planned to be destroyed.

Bronx: In the South Bronx, El Flamboyan Community Garden was awarded money to relocate and rebuild. The Bronx Parks Department was diverting the funds into a project that destroys the community garden.

Manhattan: In Harlem alone, over 20 community gardens are planned to be sacrificed, some for luxury housing. The latest casualty is Nueva Esperanza Garden, evicted on April 15, 2007.

We Still Need a Unified Voice. In 2002, Elliot Spitzer, then the AG, negotiated a settlement that gave gardeners powerful legal tools. That 1999 victory fractured our movement, leaving some gardens in Parks Dept. or other city agencies, some gardens in one of four different land trusts, and some gardens still in limbo. And time is running out on that 2002 settlement—we have less than 3 years left!

Join Us on June 16. Help us revitalize
the unified voice of community
garden citywide, and work with us
to preserve and strengthen your
garden—and all gardens.

Saturday, June 16, 10:00am–1:30pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auditorium
1000 Washington Avenue. Free admission to the BBG
for all participants. By subway, take the Q train to Prospect Park station or the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway. Visitor entrances on Flatbush at Empire, Eastern Parkway and by the attended parking lot on Washington Ave.
Featuring invited speakers from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, GreenThumb, NYC Park’s Dept, elected officials and more.
More information: 212.926.8648 or email nyccgcinfo@yahoo.com

Special thanks to the BBG GreenBridge program for co-sponsoring this event.

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