Food Politics + Justice community garden tour

Published on May 17th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Community Garden Tour: Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden, Bronx, NY

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I ran across some gorgeous photos and the fascinating history of a community garden in the Bronx and thought that you guys would enjoy them, too!

Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden, Bronx, NY

What’s extra special about Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden is that it almost became a parking lost. Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden along with 68 other community gardens in New York were saved from paving by the NYC Trust for Public Land. The group raised $3 million to purchase the land from the city and another $4 million to improve the plots.

Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden, Bronx, NY

Most of these gardens had been public land for decades until Mayor Giuliani decided to sell them in 1999, which is when the Trust for Public Land stepped in. They were able to save 62 of the 114 gardens up for auction, and they officially acquired the land in summer of 2011.

Chickens at Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden, Bronx, NY

After acquiring the land, the Trust turned it over to two local non-profits. The system of community garden is the largest in the country!

Fordham Bedford Lot-Busters Community Garden, Bronx, NY

Do you have a community garden in your area that deserves to have its story told? I’d love to hear from you! You can send me an email through the contact page or email me directly at becky@importantmedia.org.

All images Creative Commons via Kristine Paulus

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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