Planting the Seed

June 22, 2012

To Kickoff the Growing Season, We’re Giving Out Much-Needed Micro Grants to Enrich the Work of Brooklyn’s Community Gardeners


There are over 200 community gardens in Brooklyn—nearly half of New York City’s total. These green hubs, pocketed across our borough, are the work of some of Brooklyn’s most dedicated volunteers, spirited by their own desire to see their neighborhoods bloom and to provide a space for their communities to gather and grow.

Yet these gardens don’t live off sweat alone. They require topsoil, shovels, two-by-fours, and of course, trees and plants. Which can add up to a costly sum. 

That’s why last year we created our Brooklyn Community Garden Fund as a channel for our donors to back this essential part of Brooklyn life. Partnering with Green Guerillas, a citywide organization that’s been the driving force behind the urban gardening movement since the 1970s, we’re providing a new, much-needed resource to help Brooklyn’s GreenThumb garden groups.

As we celebrate the official start of summer—and thus peak gardening season in Brooklyn—we’re thrilled to announce that 31 community gardens have received grants ranging from $250 to $500, which will provide the necessary tools, sheds, and seeds to make Brooklyn blossom. Grants also support events and programs to engage more neighbors in the life of the garden.

See the list of winning gardens by neighborhood here!


Pictured above: Hart to Hart Community Garden and Tranquility Farm, both in Bed-Stuy.

The top two community districts with the most grant-winning gardens—Bedford-Stuyvesant and Cypress Hills/East New York—also rank among the neighborhoods with the highest poverty and hunger rates in Brooklyn.

Community gardens are on the frontlines of these battles, providing education and job skills, as well as fresh food. Many gardens work directly with our Caring Neighbors Fund grantees, including the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.  

The Brooklyn Community Foundation joins hundreds of grateful gardeners across Brooklyn in thanking you for supporting Brooklyn’s Green Communities.

"Our grant will kick-start our chicken rearing project on the farm.  It will help us teach Brooklyn youth how to gain a deeper appreciation of basic rural farming practices in an urban setting." 

- Ena K. McPherson, Tranquility Farm in Bed-Stuy

"This grant will enable the Red Shed Community Garden to continue to foster a relationship with St. Nicks Alliance, a community-based organization in Williamsburg that aided in the initial formation of the garden along with local community activists and citizens."

- Alison Filosa

"The fund is a great opportunity to increase the access of Brooklynites to community gardens—it allows us all to have access to more flowers and vegetables coming from Brooklyn’s gardens."

- Ronaldo Guzman, Olive Street Garden in East Williamsburg

Support Brooklyn's Green Thumbs!

100% of your contribution to our Green Communities Fund goes directly toward making Brooklyn a greener, healthier home for all. Learn more.


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100 Ways to Do Good Right Here
Love Brooklyn? Prove it! Sign up now at to become a Brooklyn volunteer. Nearly 100 Brooklyn-serving nonprofits have positions that need to be filled. Volunteer for a day or make a longer commitment. Whatever you can do, do it in Brooklyn to make our communities stronger!

54th Annual Fulton Art Fair this Weekend
Enjoy art, music, shopping, food, and fun at this free annual event on Fulton Street. Saturday, June 23 from 12-8PM at Fulton Park between Stuyvesant and Lewis Ave in Bed-Stuy. Part of Soul of Brooklyn Week. Details

Save the Date for BGI’s Epic Ride
This summer’s 40-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, starting at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint and finishing at Rockaway Beach. Registration is now open!  Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is also recruiting 60 marshals and other ride support volunteers.  If you are an experienced cyclist, you can participate in the Epic Ride at no charge by serving as a ride marshal. Non-riding volunteers will help with event coordination, directing riders, registration at ride starts and staffing the end of the ride. To volunteer, contact