project leader
Cesar A
530 East 137th Street
(Mott Haven)
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the project

Mill Brook Garden was designed to provide a gardening, communal, and educational space for tenants at Mill Brook Houses. Starting in 2018, we were fortunate to get support from the tenants in Mill Brook Houses, Osborne Association's Justice Community Program, Project Petals, the Open Space Institute, New York Restoration Project, NYCHA Sustainability Division, and community members. Most of the garden's main structures have been constructed and now we are focusing on opening the garden a couple of days a week in the summer. The goal in the summer is to have educational programs to display our solar energy station, compost station, and our rainwater capture system. Use these stations to explain science concepts and the importance of water and energy conservation. 

Figure 1. The sketch of the garden and major components. Changed with funding and organizational support.

2. Littlefreelibrary, promote literacy by giving away books or having tenants borrowed books

3. Promote the creativity of tenants in Public Housing

the steps

The steps are to 

1. Have a consultant to assist in fixing our solar panel and installation

3. Work with artists to design an educational display that can be constructed in the garden

2. Fix two of our raised beds and our compost station lids


why we're doing it

Our project works on increasing awareness of Climate Issues and environmental justice. It focuses on using a hands-on lab to learn about planting and learn science concepts.




  1. Educational Signs- to learn about photosynthesis ($500)
  2. Hire artists to develop and design educational signs ($500)
  3. Battery and cables of Solar Panel ($500)
  4. Wheelbarrow ($200)
  5. Wood for raised bed repairs ($200)
  6. Vegetables and seeds for tenants ($400)
  7. Garbage bags and maintenance materials ($150)
  8. Paint for raised beds ($100)
  9. Maintenance support ($2000)
  10. Food for educational events ($300)
  11. Educator/consultant ($500)
  12. Projector to show educational videos ($500)
  13. White Screen to show educational videos ($250)
  14. Small generator ($500)
  15. Chairs ($400)


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