Rally at City Hall Tomorrow, February 9 to Help Save 16 Active Community Garden Sites

The rally is a response to a recent initiative from the mayor’s office that placed several vacant lots under consideration for potential housing development, including sixteen active garden sites.

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We´ve written (need link) about EL Garden´s petition response to recent threats to the city´s community gardens, and now you have an opportunity to take more direct action: tomorrow morning, Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00 a.m., join New York City Community Gardens Coalition and stakeholders from gardens across the city to rally at city hall to demand that the mayor takes sixteen community gardens off a list of areas zoned for redevelopment.

Here’s a map from 596 Acres of the endangered community gardens that was posted to the event’s Facebook page:

10869671_345373565669735_3920952132346564626_oThe rally is a response to a recent initiative from the mayor´s office that placed several vacant lots under consideration for potential housing development, including sixteen active garden sites. The event will include a speech from council member Antonio Reynoso, and representatives from several gardens will also speak. As one librarian who signed the online petition put it, ¨A garden is an accomplishment whose benefits radiate through a community in small and larger ways. To destroy it in the name of development is to act with the callousness of a colonizer who sees only ‘available space’ where a community is already thriving.¨

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Claire Brown

Claire is the Associate Digital Editor at Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. When she's not writing about food, she can often be found leading tours at the Union Square Greenmarket.