Community Gardens-Speaking out and taking action!

This blogger loves bikes. He also loves green spaces in NYC so I give a pulpit to the hard work people are doing trying to preserve them and our community gardens.

Yesterday there was a public hearing and NY1 had this report and video.

The city Parks and Recreation Department held a public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed rules to govern community gardens.

In 2002, an agreement between then attorney general Eliot Spitzer and the city preserved hundreds of community gardens on city land across the five boroughs and increased protection from development. Those rules expire next month.

Some community garden organizers now fear that their spaces will be taken over by developers.

“The fear is very real, especially after having fought for this particular garden for the last three to four years,” said Peggy Morales, gardener at El Gallo Community Garden. “It was a very, very hard-fought battle in order to keep it here in perpetuity. To learn now that there’s a possibility that this garden could be lost to development would really be devastating to this community.”

Read the rest here.

The man featured in the image above, speaking at the public hearing is Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/CUNY Ben Shepard. He wrote an nice recap of some of the actions last week involving Time’s Up.

From the Huffington Post–
Posted: August 9, 2010 11:43 AM
Paul Revere Ride to Save New York’s Community Gardens

“When Paul Revere sounded his bell to announce to Lexington Mass, all he had was his voice and his bell to sound the alarm: “The Patriots are coming!” In the case of the July 29, 2010, Paul Revere bike ride organized by Times Up!, a two-decade-old direct action environmental group, the group was aided by modern media — the internet, email, text messages, and a newspaper announcing the action. The point of the action was to sound the alarm about the city of New York’s new rules to eliminate protective status and endanger hundreds of community gardens. The new rules would replace the 2002 Preservation Agreement, expiring September 17, 2010, that have allowed gardens throughout the city to grow over the last decade.”

Read the entire recap here.

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