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Noah K
29-08 47 Avenue
Queens (Long Island City)
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Upcoming events!

the project

The Board of Directors of LIC Roots, Inc. asks your help to fund a "challenge grant" to encourage annual membership at our spring plant sale and membership drive.  Our annual spring plant sale and membership drive will occur the week of May 7-12.  It is a well attended event and last May we came close to the 200 member target.  This year we hope to hit 200.

the steps

The kind people at GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC) assist LIC Roots to obtain our plant and vegetable starts at cost.  

Our working group begins coordination of flyer production and pasting in late April.

The Schedule to cover the sale and membership tables is finalized in early May.

why we're doing it

The LIC Roots Community Garden /FF Brennan Memorial was created from a 3500 square foot pile of refuse on the southerly side of 47th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets, in part to address the woeful shortage of community open space in the vicinity of the Dutch Kills (canal) Basin in Long Island City.  Our public private open space is an oasis among the factories and former factories of the Dagnon Terminal area. The LIC Roots Community Garden is  the only sitting area for more than a quarter-mile in any direction.  There is no public playground for more than one-half mile in any direction.  Our garden is a host to many different species of animals, not just humans.

The Board targets a 2012 membership goal of 200 members in order to:

  1. Help meet the operating expenses of our public-private community open space, the LIC Roots Community Garden/Firefighter Michael Brennan Memorial; and
  2. Help continue building a constituency.  Our three-fold mission is: To green our community, to maintain the memorial to FF. Mike Brennan and the other victims of the attacks of 9/11, and to support efforts to establish more, safe, and clean parks for the people of our western Queens neighborhood.


$1000 for the challenge grant (to encourage new member sign-ups), +3% credit card processing fee ($30) + ioby platform use fee ($35): Total to fundraise= $1065


Upcoming events!


  • Sunday,  April 22, 2012 1pm - 2pm 
    Earth Day BYO Picnic Lunch at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk
    Join a casual celebration of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Bring your own brown bag lunch and join the Newtown Creek champions who worked hard for years to win this unique waterfront park (entry at east end of Paige Avenue, Greenpoint,  Brooklyn.) More info at:
  • Wednesday,  April 25, 2012 12 noon-1:00 in the Garden
    LIC Roots Garden COMMUNITY MEETING  29-06 47 Avenue

    Public meeting for all interested friends and neighbors:
    - Information on Membership Drive and Plant Sale
    - Summer Construction Projects
    - Garden Questions and Answers
  • Thursday,  April 26, 2012 6pm 
    Newtown Creek Alliance   April meeting, Speaker: Dr. Eric Sanderson 
    Ridgewood Democratic Club 60-70 Putnam Avenue  (btwn Forest Ave. and Fresh Pond Rd.) in Ridgewood, Queens 11385 (Q-39 Bus)
    Dr. Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society, discusses the “Historical Ecology of Newtown Creek” and ways that ecological information might both inform and inspire the restoration of Newtown Creek.  
  • Monday, May 7 - Friday May 11  
    LIC Roots Community Garden / FF Michael Brennan Memorial MEMBERSHIP DRIVE and Annual PLANT SALE 
    - The Spring Membership Drive supports the LIC Roots efforts to maintain this community resource
    - Flowering plants,  vegetables and herbs available


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