Last Saturday we spent the afternoon in the beautiful McLeod Community Garden in Brownsville in Brooklyn. It was a very special moment in which more than 50 people congregated to celebrate the colorful secrets plants hold, summer and community.
We had some special visitors, twin sisters Mary and Martha, whose sister founded the garden many years ago, as well as former intern Layne, who came help just weeks before her move to England. Even my grandmother was there! She is currently visiting from Venezuela and thanks to the many volunteer translators we had during the workshop, she now believes everyone speaks Spanish in Brooklyn.
This workshop was made possible by a grant from the New York Restoration Project. Not only do they provide space and support for community gardens in all boroughs of NY, these gardens are open for events hosted by non-members (like myself. They are still awarding grants for the rest of the summer. For those interested, you can learn more information this link, or get in touch with Sofia Balog, NYRP's Community Engagement Assistant, who was so helpful in organizing this event.
Photos below by Griffin Moore.