Community Gardens

Open Hiring™ Supports Parks, Gardens and Healthy Eating.

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A community center without walls, Greyston Community Gardens nurture a healthy and sustainable community in a dense urban environment.  Through this program, our youth have access to environmental education and community members have access to free, nutritious vegetables. Cultivating an ethos of personal responsibility, community participation, and mutual respect, Greyston Community Gardens harvest and share over 14 tons of fresh produce annually.  Operating since 1995, Greyston Community Gardens engages nearly 500 local citizens annually.

 


Greyston’s Community Gardens & Environmental Education program is comprised of four components:

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Gardens

Greyston maintains community gardens in ten separate locations within Yonkers, serving a total of nearly 400 garden members. Garden members weed, water, harvest and care for vegetable plots that produce hundreds of pounds of produce every year. During harvest season, members unite to create nutritious meals right in the garden using barbeques and fire pits and enjoy communal dining in their urban oasis.

School and Community-Based Environmental Educationgarden4

Each year, more than 600 students at local schools and libraries are introduced to environmental science concepts. Students are exposed to real-life examples of the many intersections between the natural environment and their daily lives. Additional interactive and dynamic workshops covering a wide variety of topics, including recycling and other conservation measures; the local urban habitat; the roles of local plants, bugs, and animals on our ecosystem are provided throughout the year.

garden3The Enviro-Earth Club

The Enviro-Earth Club is an after-school and summer program that cultivates local environmental leaders by educating and motivating urban youth about gardening and the environment, while promoting healthy eating and living among the participants and their families.

 

Special Events

Special events for members and the Yonkers community include the annual Enviro-Health Fair, garden barbeques, garden clean-ups and “green” holiday celebrations. We offer unique, environmentally-themed programs over the course of the year in conjunction with our community partners, including the Yonkers Riverfront Library, Yonkers Public Schools, Groundwork Yonkers, Sarah Lawrence College and Concordia College. These special events serve a combined total of more than 1,000 Yonkers residents each year.

For more information, contact Lucy Moreno-Casanova.

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