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462 HALSEY COMM...
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462 Halsey Street
Brooklyn (Bed Stuy)
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The build begins!

the project

The vacant lot at 462 Halsey has been vacant for over 20 years.  It has been an eyesore to veteran and new community members alike.  Bed Stuy residents are anxious to transform this awful space into something beautiful and productive. In our contract with Green Thumb and HPD, we are required to have the garden up and running 6 months after the contract is signed, therefore it is very urgent to raise money to have the supplies needed to reach that goal.

  The 462 Halsey Community Garden Initiative is here:

  1. to forge new community bonds and relationships through mutual hard work

  2. to offer neighborhood youths a place to learn and grow through hands-on learning and involvement.  

  3. to serve those who have helped shape the heart of this community —families who desperately want and need healthy food options

  4. for the community to be self-sustaining through agriculture

  5. to offer a percentage of our harvest for sale to local businesses, to give them the opportunity to  financially support this community effort as well as provide them with the freshest ingredients for their customers, by their customers.

the steps

We have applied and are now approved for full use and access to the space .  Our goal is to have a functioning garden by early Spring of 2012. In order to achieve success, we must first raise money to buy supplies. Our project relies heavily on the community effort through volunteer work in gardening, building and helping to bring awareness.

why we're doing it

we are addressing the following problems:

  1. Lack of healthy food options including locally grown, organic foods
  2. Heavy reliance on Supermarkets which negatively impact the atmosphere through transportation of food and unsafe farm practices

budget

Garden Beds $27 each x 10 = 270
plant cages $132 for 10pk x 2 packs needed = 264
shovels $28 each x 5 needed = 140
bulbs and seeds = 300 (this amount included all plant varieties we plan to buy)
Hard Rake 5 @ 10.97 = 54.85
Post Digger 2 @ 44.97 = 89.94
Hand Pruner 5 @ 24.97 = 124.85
Hand Saw 2 @ 19.99 = 39.98
Eye Protection 5 @ 2.97 = 14.85
Gloves 10 @ 1.97 = 19.70
Hard Hats 5 @ 6.29 = 31.45
First Aid Kit 2 @ 59.97 = 119.94
Hay and Straw Bales 100 @ 1.00 = 100
Cement 15 @ 18.49 = 277.35
=$873

project total = $1,847
ioby fee = $148
total to raise = $1,995

updates

The build begins!

During the mild weather of the Dec 3rd weekend, the 462 Halsey St Community Garden rallied 15 volunteers to help clean and start building a compost bin!  Here's what it looks like. 

Some young helpers were there to get things started.  No weeds mom!\

Compost bin materials to shortly receive the neighborhood's food waste!

Building the bin.

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

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  • Martha F.
  • Christopher R.
  • Chadwick S.
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