Greening Brooklyn One Garden at a Time

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.

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Please see below a timeline for upcoming projects.

Project

Who

Description

Proposed Timing

Rationale

Chickens / Ducks

Lydia and chickenistas

Manage chickens and possibly ducks at Imani I and II

Completed

Chickens and ducks provide eggs for community, manure for compost, attract community to garden

Pistachio

Emmy Gaye

Play and educational outreach for kids 4-10

Completed

Helps support permaculture mission, increases traffic in garden, outreach to community

Community composting (IF FUNDED)

Emmy Gaye, Greg Todd

Create compost squad consisting of local residents who drop off food scraps to create compost for garden and personal use

Not funded

Increases compost for garden, engages community, supports permaculture mission

Rebuild greenhouse (IF FUNDED)

Greg Todd, Travis Frazelle, members and volunteers as needed

Create more permanent greenhouse structure using Lexan roof and heavy wooden structure

Delayed

Extends our growing season, adds additional gardening capacity, educational opportunities during school year for local schools

Rain Garden

Garden members, volunteers

Build a rain garden for overflow from water storage tanks using a pit to bury loose rubble from gardens

June 1, 2

Uses rubble that otherwise must be removed from gardens, adds a unique habitat to gardens, lessens habitat for insect pests

Complete Water Storage Connection Imani II (Already Funded)

Garden members

Connect 350 gallon water storage tank to adjacent house in Imani II

Completed

Decreases reliance on fire hydrants, decreases combined sewer overflow (CSO), supports permaculture mission

Solar powered aquaponics system

Greg Todd, Fabian Rosario

Expand capacity by adding solar panels, DC pump to existing system

As time and money permit

Demonstrates permaculture principles, yields fish for members, community

Cobb oven

Garden members, outside expert

Create cobb oven at front of Imani I

July 14

Increases community outreach, fun project for kids and adults, uses local materials

Lobster dinner

Garden members, volunteers

Steam lobsters and corn on bed of seaweed in Imani I, Our Lady of Charity

Late September, early October

Raises money for garden, community outreach, celebration and fun!

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