About

Mission
Our community residents are coming together to create a garden and community area at Patchen and Putnam Avenues  This will be a great educational and preservation tool and will also provide a place for younger children to interact with their peers in a safe and protected environment. Having a mixed use space is a remarkable place to encourage and cultivate hands-on interactive, kinesthetic, multi-sensory environmental learning. It would also create community unity, community integrity, better community health and community pride.

Story
Patchen Community Square was founded in 2012 through signs posted by 596 Acres on the fence. Alexis and Alison began discussing plans for the space through their website and received the help and support of Patchen Avenue and Jefferson Avenue Block Associations. In June, Community Board 3 and 596 Acres provided letters of support for licensing from HPD and Green Thumb and official licensing came in July of that year. Together, we bring diverse backgrounds in agriculture, community organizing, education and engineering to the garden.

A Big Thanks! to our friends at: 596acres, Build it Green, NYC HPD, Green Thumb, IOBY, and Community Board 3.

Board Members:
Alison Iven, President
Kenneth Edwards, Vice President
Regina Edwards, Treasurer
Crystal Edwards, Secretary
Pam Wells, Correspondence Secretary
Chebby Smith, Project Manager
Alexis Bhagat , Project Manager
Ocyruss Wells, Project Manager

About Us

The goal of Patchen Square Community Garden is to create a beautiful space in the heart of Bed-Stuy where all walks of life are welcome. This is a space for neighbors to congregate, feel safe, and be heard all while enjoying the benefits of greenery in an urban neighborhood. 

 

Our Story
Patchen Community Square was founded in 2012 through signs posted by 596 Acres on the fence. Alexis and Alison began discussing plans for the space through their website and received the help and support of Patchen Avenue and Jefferson Avenue Block Associations. In June, Community Board 3 and 596 Acres provided letters of support for licensing from HPD and Green Thumb and official licensing came in July of that year. Together, we bring diverse backgrounds in agriculture, community organizing, education and engineering to the garden.

In 2015, Patchen Community Square was placed on HPD's list of lots that were to be built upon for Mayor de Blasio's commitment to 20,000 units of affordable housing. Working with 596 Acres, we learned that the garden was zoned 6B and approximately 10 units costing $3,200/mo for a family a four could be built in the space. In 2016, after a year of advocating with the help of 596 Acres, the NYC Community Garden Coalition, and citywide community gardeners (some of whom were also on the HPD list), the garden was conveyed to the Parks Department where it will remain for future residents to use and garden in the space.

A Big Thanks! to our friends at: 596acres,   NYC Community Garden Coalition, Green ThumbCommunity Board 3, Citizens Committee for New YorkBuild it GreenIOBY.

 

Board Members
Co Chairs: Alison Iven and Kenny Edwards
Events, Fundraising, and Outreach Coordinators: Kyiesha Kelly and Regina Edwards
Supply Coordinators: Kyle Twitchell and Cash Smith
Treasurer: Tymberly Canale

 

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