So out of nowhere, we got this award letter from Edie Stone the head of Green Thumb. The letter is posted below in it’s entirety. Morning Glory HAS A NEW HOME!!!
Thank you for your interest in the Gardens for Healthy Communities Project. Our panel of judges has reviewed all of the applications and made selections for the management group or groups for each of the garden sites available. We received an overwhelming number of applications for some sites and were unable to award every applicant with a site to manage. If your group applied for more than one site, where possible we have awarded one of the sites to your group.
The applications were reviewed by a panel of community gardening and greening experts including staff from GreenThumb, Community Assistance Unit, Citizens Committee for NYC, GrowNYC, Just Food, and The New York City Community Garden Coalition. Based on an agreed upon selection criteria, we have chosen groups to take the lead in operating 14 new community managed urban agriculture sites. These sites will be licensed by the Parks Department for four year terms via the GreenThumb program. All the standard rules of operation for GreenThumb gardens regarding public access, open hours and membership will apply (for details see our website greenthumbnyc.org).
Wherever possible, groups applying for the same sites were awarded joint management for the site. GreenThumb believes in collaboration, and that the more community members involved, the better chance a site has for long term success. Meetings will be held in the next few weeks to introduce new groups and begin site design discussions. If your group was not chosen to manage a site, we strongly encourage you to join the new garden at the location you are interested in anyway. There will certainly be enough work for everyone to have ample opportunity to participate.
The sites are awarded to the following groups:
Site location Group Name or Names
Westchester Avenue at St. Ann’s, BX Eagle Slope Farms/Luke McGeehan and
Spanish Mott Haven Seventh Day Adventist Church/Samuel Lopez and Jose Ortega
Hoe Avenue bet Freeman and Home, BX Morning Glory/ Aazam Otero and Urban Rebuilding Initiative/Sarah Auerbach
757 Melrose Ave, BX Garden of Life and Health/Michelle Correa
1001 Bedford Ave, BK Land of Pan/ Yonnette Fleming and Resurrection Clinton Hill/Scott Calgaro
340 Tompkins Ave, BK Feeding Tree/Ena McPherson and Meroevians Community Garden/Crystal Adjani
199 York Street, BK Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Assoc./Amber Daniels
347 Keap Street, BK Brooklyn Arbor/Brooke Singer and South Fourth Community Garden/Tanyth Berkeley
81st Street between 24th and 25th Avenues, Q Brooklyn Queens Land Trust/ Regina Andrea Bernard-Carenno
82nd between Astoria Blvd and 23rd Avenue, Q The Growing Sprouts/Eric Matthews
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 45th Street, Q Edgemere Organic Farm/ Matt Sheehan and Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger/Trevor and Yvonne Rankine
Beach 63rd Street at Thursby Ave,Q Shore Soup Project/Robyn Hillman-Herrigan
Highbridge Park, M Treat Me Right Gardens/Fatima Y. Prioleau and Earth Ninja/Kaila Brachter
Henderson Avenue and Chappell Street, SI Staten Island Deliverance Temple, Inc./Rev. Russell Morrison