The Next Steps for the 61 Franklin Street Garden

by Ryan Watson on

This past Saturday, the first meeting of the 61 Franklin Street Garden met at Good Yoga in Greenpoint to discuss plans for the space, decide upon how plots will be allocated and to voice what types of plants and design elements the community would like to see in this currently vacant lot. Our next step in the development of this space is to make a presentation at the March 12th meeting of Community Board 1 (6:30pm at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center, 211 Ainslie). If you’re a fan of more green, open space for the community of North Brooklyn, please come out to the meeting and show your support for the project. We would like to utilize this space not only as a place to garden, but also as a means of engaging with community groups and space for environmental education.

At Saturday’s meeting, participants decided that we will grow a mixture of flowers, vegetables, herbs and native plants and that, for the time being, all plots would be communally worked and harvested (for those interested in getting an individual plot, contact the nearby Java Street Garden, who will meet later this week to discuss plot distribution).

If you’d like to get involved, our next meeting will take place on Saturday, April 6th at 2pm (location TBD). And if you just can’t wait until April, check the Facebook page for more events and updates on the garden’s progress!

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.