Growing food for yourself—and for others—is a growing movement and new community gardens sprout up every spring! Learn more, and how you can help, here.
There's something wonderful happening In parks, on church lawns, and on unused public land—people are tilling, planting, watering and harvesting healthy food for themselves and those who are hungry.
This is the fresh face of the local food movement, but it’s largely invisible unless you know where to look. For instance, The Kitchen Garden, which has plots reserved for local families as well as the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry, is hidden behind South Church in Dobbs Ferry. Intergenerate’s garden, which has big plots dedicated to a food pantry in Katonah, is tucked next to Chappaqua Ambulance Corp.
Even Food Bank for Westchester's Food Growing Program, which farms five main campuses, are on places you don't normally traverse—such as Leake & Watts Residential Campus in Yonkers and Westchester County Department of Correction in Valhalla. An exception to the rule are the Demonstration Gardens at the Hart's Brook Park and Preserve in Hartsdale, which welcome the public to learn from master gardener volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester. They grow fresh vegetables and berries and donate every carrot, raspberry and cherry tomato to the pantry and soup kitchen at Grace Church in White Plains.
HOW TO BE INVOLVED
If you’re a farmer or home gardener, the Food Bank is always happy to take your extra fresh produce. Call them at 914-923-1100 for drop-off information.
If you are looking for a community garden, here’s a growing list of resources.
Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve
156 Ridge Road, Hartsdale
Contact info to come
The Kitchen Garden & Labyrinth Garden
On property of South Presbyterian Church
353 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Irvington Community Garden
Hastings Community Garden
Zinsser Park, Hastings NY
Contact James V. Harmon Community Center at firstname.lastname@example.org / 914 478 2380