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!
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All images Creative Commons via Kristine Paulus