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Twenty New Community Gardens To Be Created in New York

Halsey St. Ralph & Howard Community Garden. By Hayward Prudhomme.

Parks Department’s GreenThumb Now Accepting Applications for New Gardens for Healthy Communities


The Mayor’s Obesity Task Force was convened in January 2012 to combat the obesity epidemic, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in NYC second only to tobacco. In May of 2012, the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force report was issued, identifying 26 initiatives to address obesity. Initiative #15 is to create new community garden sites via the Parks Department’s GreenThumb program. Community gardening is a way to improve access to healthy and fresh food, enhance residents’ health and quality of life and connect people to where their food comes from.

Evaluation Criteria (Points)

Community Benefit from Garden (40)
Community Engagement (25)
Proposed Measurement of Success (15)
Sustainability of Garden ( 20)

Successful applicants will receive project-planning assistance, skills-building workshops, materials and supplies from GreenThumb in order to transform these vacant sites into Gardens for Healthy Communities. GreenThumb support may also include construction materials for raised beds, rainwater harvesting systems, participatory design workshops and training and assistance in setting up fresh food farmers markets at the garden site.

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