GreenThumb is having an event for garden groups in uptown Manhattan to mingle and learn about resources available to community gardeners! Here are the resources you can find out about and access at the 596 Acres table:
- Vacant city-owned land! Over a thousand acres of public land long abandoned by NYC can be turned into new community green spaces when neighbors organize together for access. Get plugged into organizing for community access to the vacant lot in your life, a strategy long practiced by those who have survived decades of public and private disinvestment in their neighborhoods, with our director of advocacy.
- Strategies for sharing the work of running community spaces with your neighbors! You can play with and/or buy our Community Governance Cards (or buy them online here; download a PDF of them here),
- Information about how to transform vacant spaces in your life into vibrant community places! We call them pathways for community land access.
- Our network of New Yorkers from all 5-boroughs who have successfully organized for access to vacant land in order to create inclusive, resident-stewarded community spaces, or who are in the process of organizing right now! Folks in our network learn from each other and support one another’s campaigns. Sign up for the News from the Acres (sign up box is bottom right) to get updates from community land access campaigns across NYC, and find out about events that bring organizers and community land stewards together.
See you there!