THIS SATURDAY! It’s Time to Build a Garden

by Ryan Watson on

Ladybug and Mugwort in 61 Franklin Street Garden

Tired of being stuck inside all day? Don’t have a backyard or outdoor space to call your own? Want to get your hands dirty, enjoy the beautiful weather and meet some great people that live in your neighborhood? Then you probably should consider becoming a member of the newly formed 61 Franklin Street Garden.

That’s right! After years of remaining vacant, the city-owned lot on Franklin is blossoming into a new garden space and outdoor environmental classroom for Greenpoint. Unlike the traditional community garden model, in which individualized plots are spread out between a few lucky participants, the 61 Franklin Street Garden will function as more of an open green space for community use. Individual membership is $25/year and family memberships are $40/year. There is also a “Friends of 61 Franklin St. Garden” membership level for those unable to contribute to the work requirement. Check out this previous post for more details about garden membership and work requirements.

The June monthly meeting and Garden Build Day will take place this Saturday, June 2, 2013 at 2:00pm in the garden. Last weekend, thanks to some amazing garden community members, we were able to clear the entire lot of the mugwort that’s been growing all spring. This weekend, after some exciting announcements, we’ll be signing participants up as members and then get to work! This weekend’s tasks include:

  • Building raised beds
  • Leveling ground to prepare for mulch
  • Seed starting
  • Lot clearing

So if you’ve never had the experience of building a raised bed, working with the earth or watching a vacant lot transform in front of your eyes, you’ll definitely want to be there! Have questions about becoming a member? Email or check out the 61 Franklin St. Garden Facebook page for more information.

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.
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