As in many de-industrialized cities, vacant lots are found in neighborhoods throughout downtown Yonkers. These sites are often dangerous and polluted, but as open spaces in heavily populated neighborhoods, they hold great potential. We work with these neighborhoods to transform the lots into community gardens. Through hard work and collaboration, an abandoned lot is converted into a green, urban safe-haven. In community gardens people gather and get their hands dirty while enjoying the many benefits of growing their own food, flowers, herbs, and trees.
Groundwork supports efforts to create community gardens throughout the city, including on Walnut Street and at several Municipal Housing Authority properties. owns, manages and leases 5 community gardens. Individuals or individual families can acquire a bed to grow their own produce in the Spring, Summer and Fall months. If you are interested in cultivating your own community garden bed, contact: Anne Megaro at firstname.lastname@example.org