Click on image for larger file. (L-R) Barbara Raynor, Greg Birdsall, Paula Ford and Michael Levenston stand amid the beginnings of a “demonstration garden” for handicapped people, which will be situated within a garden located at Sixth and Maple. The new garden will feature raised beds and easy access for the handicapped. Jim Harrison Photo.
City Farmer brought together Raynor and Kuchta, acting as consultants, with landscape architect Mary-Jane McKay and carpenter Greg Birdsall to put together a demonstration garden specially designed for the handicapped to work in and learn from.
By Lucill Dahm
Aug 16, 1987
You just can’t hold a determined green thumb down._
Although Barbara Raynor, 52, developed rheumatoid arthritis 15 years ago, eventually leaving her with two artificial knees and a “narrowing lifestyle,” she has been able to create and maintain a backyard “urban garden.”
Aside from the very noteworthy feat of actually accomplishing the carpentry hobby off the ground, Raynor has used the unique perspective of a disabled person to open the door to an activity previously denied to a person without the full use of his or her body.
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A battle over the garden began in 1999, when developer BFC Partners bulldozed the land to construct the Eastville Gardens residential building.
By Allegra Hobbs
October 27, 2016
East Village: A community garden on Avenue C that shuttered 17 years ago to make way for a residential development reopened Wednesday — renamed in honor of the gardener and activist who first created the beloved sanctuary when the neighborhood was riddled with drugs and crime.
Gardeners, community members and elected officials celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Carmen Pabon Garden, previously known as El Bello Amanecer Garden, after a years-long battle to preserve a slice of the green space between East Seventh and Eighth streets that for decades served as a gathering place for the community’s most vulnerable.
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