Roots and Wings has three gardens on South Church's campus dedicated to supporting community food resilience. All are welcome to learn and grow together!  

We have also inspired Dobbs Ferry Pollinator Pathway at the High Street Parcel and have contributed the seed monies for a garden at First Presbyterian Church in Mt Vernon.

Kitchen Garden - a beautiful spot behind South Church including a pollinator garden, an herb garden, three large beds devoted to veggies grown for the Pantry, plots for individual gardeners, and a composting system. 

Community gardening time is Saturdays, 10 - noon. All are welcome! Garden Manager: Iris Hiskey Arno

Labyrinth Garden - our first garden, a native pollinator spiral in front of South Church, along Broadway. MORE. 

Community gardening time is Tuesdays, 9 - 10 am. Garden Managers: Roubi Eliopoulis and Liz Gabay

Manse Garden - A community learning garden, on the north side of the church. This is a stock-free and chemical-free garden with a D.I.Y. buy-nothing approach. We encourage edible native plants and other vegetables to support the local food movement. This combines the interests of edible gardening, native plant enthusiasts, pollinator pathways, wildlife habitat, sustainability, and beautification. 

Community gardening time is Fridays, 4 -5 pm. Other days and times can be arranged after you receive orientation. To learn more and get involved, please contact the garden manager, Greg Rosen:

To find out what's going on our gardens right now, check our our blog or Instagram

resilience, transformation and community

by Marcello Taiano, Garden Manager

When I first heard of the kitchen garden, it really resonated with me. I looked at it and thought, “This is it.” I think it was meant to be that I became involved with it.

My parents and I moved from Argentina when I was seven. It was hard for all of us. When we came we didn’t know the language. We didn’t have anyone. What saved me was that that my dad and I became homesteaders in the south Bronx with another six families and individuals. For those who are not familiar with homesteading, it was a movement to rehabilitate living spaces with some city support and sweat equity. We met as a group every Saturday for the next six years organizing a plan of reconstruction as well as working within the building in order to try to preserve its deteriorating structure. This was in the mid 80’s and it took us a total of nine years to compete the project as we say many members come and go along the way. The last people standing developed a very strong bond and we will always identify ourselves as homesteaders.
It was through another homesteader that I discovered community gardening. The Cherry Tree Association, a community group made up of squatters, had taken control of a large plot of land on Willis Ave, about four clocks from our homesteading site. This group was made up of an eclectic and diverse set of individuals who had the common goal to transform an ugly plot into a sustainable and productive garden. It took a couple of years but at the end we were able to grow almost any kind of vegetables, we built a casita for meetings, and even raised chickens. During this time we visited dozens of gardens all over the city. We compared gardening methods, admired each other’s productions and spoke about ways of protecting our gardens from the city urban plans. We were constantly under the threat of having our gardens taken away from us but through petitions, rallies and community meetings we were able to fight city hall and save almost all of our gardens. I’m proud to say that this garden at Willis Av, after over 25 years, is still thriving with new and old members. The same is true for 272 Alexander Ave, our homesteading project where my dad still lives today.

Like the kitchen garden, just takes resilience, transformation and community.--Marc Taiano, at South Church Celebrates Roots & Wings, April 2013

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