Bohemia Blog by Agent Kaley P Ozminkowski
Spring seems to have finally sprung! As an uptown real estate agent now for several years, one of my favorite parts of the job is that I walk every block and discover New York City in an intimate way as it changes through the seasons. I love turning the corner and discovering another one of the numerous small community gardens we are so lucky to have uptown. Stumbling across each small oasis always makes me smile. I think of childhood, family, community, and it takes me out of the busy-ness of the city for a few moments.
Last week I was out with clients who have a plot in one of these community gardens. I was so intrigued after talking with them, that I decided to do a little research on how to find a garden and how to get involved. For any of you who also have the spring itch to gain a green thumb, here is some more information on how to get gardening!
Anyone can join a garden. With more than 600 gardens across the five boroughs, you’re likely to be very close to one or several and maybe not even know! Visit Green Thumb NYC (http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/gardensearch.html) to search your zip code for your closest garden. You can also visit Garden Maps (http://gardenmaps.org/) and locate gardens using their interactive mapping system. Next, make note of those in your area (or the area you’d like to garden in) and know that each garden will have it’s own unique open hours and public event postings. Visit the gardens during their open hours or attend an event. Introduce yourself to gardeners and ask about the process of being involved with that space. The process will vary per garden. It could be joining a garden group or sub committee, signing up for a plot right away or getting on a waiting list, or hosting open hours. Most community gardens are always looking for volunteers as well, so be sure to ask about that! Each garden is unique in how it is organized so you have to get out there and find your fit.
You can also call the Green Thumb office at (212) 602-5300 or email [email protected] and they will be happy to guide you to the best contact for your desired garden.
Happy Spring and hope to see you in the garden!
Photos are from Hope Stevens Garden at 142nd Street and Amsterdam Ave – one of my personal favorites. And, here is a neat video made by Harlem’s Pleasant Village Community Garden explaining what they do at their garden and how it impacts their community: https://vimeo.com/139362961