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News from the Acres: Join Us next Weekend at GrowTogether!

Last Sunday, 596 Acres brought together stewards from seven community gardens and farms across NYC to share stories of creating, protecting, and preserving vital spaces at the Just Food Conference. Gardeners are using different strategies in their fearless fights to preserve cherished gardens, [...]

News from the Acres: “A garden is a solution that leads to other solutions.” (Wendell Berry)

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES Weeksville, Brooklyn – Congratulations to organizers of An E.D.E.N. Garden at 45 Somers Street (pictured planning above) for winning a grant from Building Healthy Communities and GreenThumb Growing Food Capacity! They will use it to grow produce [...]

News from the Acres: When We Advocate, They Listen!

PROTECTING OUR PLACES – The Department of Finance Tax Lien Sale Since 1996 the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) Tax Lien Sale has routinely dispossessed community organizations of key properties. We have been advocating: we revealed that 89 nonprofits were included in the [...]

News from the Acres: We Saved Brownsville’s Community Farm!

When we fight, we win! Green Valley Community Garden and Farmer’s Market is saved! Just days before the eviction deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio took heed of the powerful resident-led campaign, supported by 596 Acres and the Community Development Project at the [...]

News from the Acres: Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear but the Triumph over It

The Tax Lien Sale Continues, Along with Our Work to Safeguard Community Property and Give Communities Leverage Over Neglected Lots and Buildings For years, 596 Acres has been advocating for the removal of vacant lots, unoccupied buildings and properties owned by [...]

News from the Acres: New Year!

Let City staff know: this land is our land! Next Wednesday, January 11, two opportunities: In the morning, Stand with Brownsville Organizers to Oppose City Giving Public Land Away for Expensive Private Homes In Brownsville at Municipal Building Disposition Hearing. Local [...]

News from the Acres: Supporting Community Development since 2011

WELCOME OUR NEW COMMUNITY LAND ACCESS PROGRAM ORGANIZER “Over the past three weeks, everyone that I’ve met through my new position has reminded me that the mission of 596 Acres is not to build community gardens (although we help [...]

News from the Acres: We Can Repair Our Divides

RALLY TO SAVE GREEN VALLEY FARM NEXT SATURDAY Next Saturday, December 17 at 10am, urban farmers and neighbors are holding a rally to saveGreen Valley Community Garden & Farmers Market at New Lots Ave and Sackman Street. Although the Mayor promised [...]

News from the Acres: Lots to Be Thankful For

Since 2011, we have supported New Yorkers who transformed 37 vacant lots into community spaces and successfully advocated for 53 community spaces to gain permanent protections. Through our efforts together, 39 community spaces were permanently preserved in 2016 alone! In a city [...]

News from the Acres: Space is the Place

TONIGHT! Protecting Our Places! Know Your Rights on Not-for-Profit Tax Exemptions is tonight, Thursday, November 10 from 6pm to 8:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus at 155 W 60th Street in Manhattan, Room 109B. Does your nonprofit or [...]

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