Imani I is a community garden located at 87-91 Schenectady Avenue between Dean Street and Pacific Street in the Weeksville section of Brooklyn. Weeksville is the 2nd oldest free African American community on the East Coast. Imani I is owned by the New York Restoration Project which has partnered with Green Phoenix since 2006 to manage the garden. Imani I features a large willow tree, a spacious chicken coop and large chicken run accommodating up to 50 chickens, a 500 gallon water storage tank and a pond system with two ponds and a water fall made of repurposed “urbanite”. The pond pump is powered by a solar panel mounted on a trellis over the waterfall. The dimensions of Imani I are 60 feet by 100 feet. We now have about 8 active gardeners working in both Imani I and Imani II.
Imani II is located at 1680 Pacific Street at the corner of Schenectady Avenue. It is owned by the City of New York and was licensed in 2011 to Green Phoenix through the NYC Parks Department Green Thumb program. Imani II is an “L” shaped lot approximately 30 feet by 87 feet in size.
Both Imani’s are gardened communally. We do not have private plots but share in the harvest and in the work needed to maintain the garden. All garden members are expected to work two hours a week during the growing season. In our past season we grew full size, plum and cherry tomatoes, peppers of various kinds, various kinds of kale, eggplant, okra, a variety of herbs and several kinds of squash and pumpkins. We garden year around at both Imani’s. In Imani II we have a greenhouse where grow cold hardy plants during the winter months and grow seedlings in the spring. We also have a portable chicken coop which serves as a chicken tractor for the garden.