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On September 18th, the City Register published the name of the gentleman who purchased 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden.  His name is Herman Stark and his address is listed as 199 Lee Avenue Suite 308 Brooklyn NY 11211.  He paid $365,000 for this single 20x100 lot.

As far we can tell, the only reason someone would spend $365,000 for a 2,000 square foot lot would be to build a residential building.  Of course building such a structure would entail cutting down one of the tallest and most beautiful weeping willow trees in Brooklyn.  Is this really what the community wants to happen?  Is it really that important that we have more unaffordable housing in a borough already rated as one of the least affordable in the United States?  

Or would we rather have a community garden with a towering willow tree, surrounded by chickens, an aquaponics project, fruit trees and a cob oven?

Let your electeds know your preference.  Scott Stringer, the Comptroller, can be reached at 212-669-2156.  Robert Cornegy the local council member, can be reached at 212-788-7354.  Let them know you'd prefer a willow tree over a housing project!

On September 28th, garden members put up the sign you see in the photo.  We are asking for anyone who knows and cares for Imani Garden to send us an email telling of their experiences there and what they like most about the garden.  We're asking that you send your comments to " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ".  With your permission, we will publish your responses on this website.


The weeping willow at Imani I, 87-91 Schenectady Avenue


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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.  

If you want more information about how you can help, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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On Saturday, Sept. 27th,  Imani Garden held its 5th annual lobster dinner and permaculture talk.  The talk this year was given by Claudia Joseph, a well-known permaculture instructor and gardener at the permaculture garden at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.  As she spoke, garden members Roman Yavich and Travis Frazelle loaded lobsters and corn on the cob onto steaming seaweed over a bed of charcoal.  


Around 5 PM the cooked lobsters and corn made a journey over to the Concern for Independent Living at 151 Rochester Avenue, a few blocks from Imani.  There the David Ambrosio trio performed live jazz while diners partook of delicious lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, Bangladeshi steamed vegetables and homemade cake.  This was the first year we've served our dinner at this location and it worked out great!  


Many thanks to Cynthia Solomon and the staff at CIL.  Also thanks those who donated tickets for the event, to David Ambrosio and this trio and to all of the Imani gardeners who worked so hard to pull of this labor intensive event.  



Travis Frazelle takes lobsters and corn off the pit in Imani Garden.




 Claudia Joseph speaks with attendees about permaculture.


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Tired of the cold?  Tired of being cooped up in your apartment?  

Shake those cold winter blues and come to the Spring Clean up at Imani Garden.   Below is a list of some of the work projects we've got scheduled.

1. Pulverize charcoal left over from lobster dinner for compost amendment (biochar)

2. Cut up vines from old compost

3. Add soil in black bags to beds

4. Add EM-1 to compost (effective micro-organisms)

5. Raise sides of beds for root vegetables

6. Plant wildflower seeds in flower beds at edge of garden

7. Prune berry bushes

8. Cut down, cut up and compost vines along fence and on trellis

9. Repair trellis

10. Move compost from NYRP into beds

11. Clean storage tanks

12. Turn compost pile when ready.

13. Plant grass over rain garden Imani II

14. Build overflow for water storage tank Iman II

15. Clean out ponds in Imani I

16. Clean out and reorganize shed in Imani I

17. Prune trees along northern fence of Imani I

18.  Add window to greenhouse

19.  Clean aquaponic ponds and beds

If any of these or all of these interest you, or you'd just like to get your hands dirty, come on by.   

We'll be doing this on Sat. and Sun. April 5,6 and Sat and Sun. April 12,13.  Come by any or all of these days.

Who knows, one of members may even fire up the cob oven and make some delicious pizza for lunch!!

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The International Permaculture Convergence was an incredible gathering of over 450 permies in Cuba.  Three days in Havana and 7 days at a beach resort on the north coast.  Hundreds of speakers from 67 countries.

Come to a report Wednesday March 12 at 7 PM at the Brookyn Launch Pad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn NY.  This is in the Crown Heights section.  You can take the 2,3,4,5 train to Franklin Avenue.  Launch pad is between Sterling Place and Park Place.  Jonathan Rimerez and I will be showing photos and talking about our experiences. Get the real skinny on what's happening in Cuba and also get the low down on permaculture, a growing movement of gardeners and desiggners that just might save the planet from overdevelopment.

For more information and to RSVP, go to:

See you there!






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Here it is up and running the Imani Team Blog. Eventually taking the place of our google group.

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Please see below a timeline for upcoming projects.

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