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Alice F
462 Halsey Street
Brooklyn (Bed Stuy, Brooklyn )
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the project

We desperately need a new shed to capture rainwater and irrigation system to water our 600+SF of organic, food-growing space. Building a shed will provide us with much-needed storage space while allowing more surface area to harvest rainwater. This project requires a lot of lumber, water storage tanks, a solar-powered pump and more. It’s a big project but with your help we will make it happen!

It takes hundreds of gallons to water our garden every day - while that sounds like a lot, as a community we save a lot of resources (water, petroleum, etc) by eating locally. As it stands now, we have to run 300 feet of hoses out of the garden, across the street to the fire hydrant. It's a cumbersome task. At each joint we lose water, which is counterproductive to our waste reduction goals. We constantly have to buy new hoses as they are run over by cars and buses on our busy street. It takes three hours to water the garden - and we do this every single day! The irrigation system will allow us the freedom to weed, compost and do other maintenance work while we water. It will save us time, water and make the whole process easier. Additionally, we need money to replace tools, host events and spruce up our space!

the steps

We already cleared and leveled the ground where we plan to install the shed. Our design in place and a team to begin construction as soon as we have our supplies. While the shed is being built, we will install three 275 gallon barrels, run PVC piping from the back of the garden to the front and install drip-lines in our beds. We will also hook up a solar panel and pump that will power the irrigation system and allow us to flexibility to water by hose.


why we're doing it

     Since 462 Halsey opened its gates - gates that remain open to the public all day everyday from April to November - we have worked with a diverse group of people to transform a lot full of garbage into an active community center with over 500 square feet of organic food growing space and a compost project that diverts around 2000 pounds of food every month from landfills to garden beds. In partnership with Grow NYC, we host a weekly CSA program that is utilized by around 100 households every week. We grow fruits, vegetables and herbs that we share free of charge with anyone who wants them. Our bees pollinate the neighborhood and provide delicious, medicinal honey for our community. We run education programs with neighborhood schools, serve as a gallery for local and international artists and also have really awesome parties.

     The neighbors who come together as community in our garden bring all different experiences, skills and personalities to the space. Some, like me, are 20 somethings who are new to agriculture. Others- our older, wiser, members are West Indian or from the south- they came up growing food. And then there are the children - the new generation that will know how to grow food, create life-giving soil and tend bees, despite growing up in this concrete jungle. Community gardens nurture vital intergenerational skill-sharing. If we as a city are serious about urban agriculture, then we need to be serious about growing farmers. That happens at community gardens. These are the spaces that will grow our kids into wise elders with green thumbs who know how to feed their neighbors.



Disbursed budget:

Lumber ~ $2000

Irrigation System (tanks, drip line, etc) ~ $1200

Solar panel and battery ~$400

Replacement tools, lights, gloves, etc ~$800

Events Budget ~ $541.67

RAISED = $5,372.00

less ioby Platform Fee, $35.00

less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%), $247.08

less Payment Processing Fee (3%), $148.25



Original budget:

  1. Lumber ~ $2000
  2. Irrigation System (tanks, drip line, etc) ~ $1000
  3. Solar panel and battery ~$300
  4. Replacement tools, lights, gloves, etc ~$500
  5. Events Budget ~ $500
  6. Signs ~ $200

SUBTOTAL = $4,500
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $135



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