A discussion of how we can increase the security our local food supply at a time when rising fuel costs, climate change and political turmoil make it particularly vulnerable. As seen through the lens of the Imani Gardens, located at 1680 Pacific Street and 87-91 Schenectady Street.
We just learned that, in a process still unclear to us, on June 18th, 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden, was sold to a private investor for the sum of $365,000. In conducting a difficult referee sale, the community was overlooked and is now paying the price! Let us bring this great error to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s attention. Let him know that Crown Heights is who is suffering most from this dispute. The other side lots in Imani are owned by the New York Restoration Project. This sale goes forward on August 3rd. Imani will be effectively cut into two pieces, and the 60 foot willow pictured above, an icon in Weeksville for a very long time, will be cut down.
Please ask Comptroller Scott Stringer to halt the closing. Scott’s hot line number is 212-669-3916. Tell him we need time to transfer the lot of NYRP where it should have been from the beginning.
Also contact Stephanie Zimmerman, Council member Robert Cornegy’s Chief of Staff at 718-919-0740 x 106. Ask her to have the Council set aside money to reimburse the City for the liens on 89 Schenectady.
We are working on an on-line petition and Facebook page to address this injustice. Stay tuned for further developments.
Gardeners relaxing under the weeping willow. It may soon have a lot to cry about!
Ngonda and Ntangou Badila With A Sign They Created
Chickens Hard At Work in Imani Chicken Run
Gardeners harvesting greens in Imani II
Imani II raised beds and water storage tank