By, Renae Reynolds
Landscapes of Resilience, Project CoordinatorRead more
The Summer season at Beach 41st Houses has been abuzz with activity. Resident gardeners have been diligently caring for their individual plots while simultaneously supporting the work of their neighboring gardeners. Presently, almost all of the 32 plots in the garden is claimed and tended by at least one gardener, if not by people collaborating–partners, families, and groups of friends. Over the past two months there have been substantial physical changes to the space and programmatic innovation through collaborative exchange. Yet there is still much more change to come. But, for now we are pleased to share some of the most noteworthy highlights to date.
New Water Installation
One of the biggest challenges to the gardeners in caring for the plant and vegetable life in their gardeners was the need for a consistent water source. Because the old water tap close to the garden entrance was broken, in order to keep their soil beds moist and their plants hydrated, gardeners would have to make multiple trips, hauling buckets back and forth to the nearest tap on the side of the NYCHA apartment buildings. This was a tiresome and arduous task for all.Read more