Ray’s Program at the Friends of Brook Park Youth Farm highlighted in newly released Alternatives To Incarceration (ATI) Report, and Ray was a featured ATI
Panel Presenter!

NYCCGC president, Ray Figueroa, was a featured panelist on a panel: “MORE COMMUNITY RE-INVESTMENT, LESS YOUTH INCARCERATION” along with the Commissioner of the New York City Dept. of Probation, the Associate Commissioner for Juvenile Justice as well as senior members of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and other system-based and community-based stakeholders – all discussing  the findings of a recently released scientific report that resulted from a two year investigation of community-based Alternatives-To-Incarceration (ATI) for Youth.

That report included his community garden’s Youth Farm Program at Friends of Brook Park among others.  The report confirmed that community-based ATI
programs like the one at the Brook Park Youth Farm do work in reducing recidivism (i.e., re-arrest and re-incarceration) among youth at a
significantly higher rate than conventional criminal justice system programs which include incarceration and do so at significantly lower
costs. The Youth Farm Program is highlighted on page 16 of the report (PDF).

To see video footage of Ray’s panel presentation, click here. His remarks are at the following time-stamped intervals on the video:

1. 51:03 – 56:56;
2. 1:13:01 – 1:15:27; and,
3. 1:19:14 – 1:20:03 respectively.



Putting community gardens on the map

by NYCCGC on November 21, 2014


Open Street Map is hosting several events for Geography Awareness Week, one of which we’ve helped organize: Map Community Gardens on Open Street Map.

WHEN: Saturday, 11/22, 12pm-3pm
WHERE: The Bark Room, Ground Floor, Parsons School of Design, 2 west 13th street, New York, NY (map)
Open Street Map is “a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license.” Unlike Google Maps, OpenStreetMap data is generated and owned by everybody. That means you can edit what the map says about your garden, like Wikipedia. Some community gardens are currently up there, but not all, and the ones that are up are labeled as “parks” or other not-very-useful labels. Since community gardens in NYC are *still* not very well protected, it’s important to maintain this kind of documentation.
So we’re hosting a day to fix the map and make sure community gardens in NYC are represented (correctly). Updated garden location information has been generously provided by GrowNYC (thank you Lenny!!). NYCCGC will be there. Anyone can come – you don’t need any experience mapping, someone there will show you how. You do, however, need to bring your own laptop.
RSVP here! Come map with us!


For Immediate Release: Response to NY Post article “Root of all evil: Vegetables in NYC gardens are ‘toxic’”


For Immediate Release: NYCCGC response to the New York Post November 16th 2014 article “Root of all evil: Vegetables in NYC gardens are ‘toxic’” by Gary Buiso  Contact: Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director, New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) — 973-222-5413   aziz@nyccgc.org In response to yet another Post article, it continues to be both irresponsible to our communities and inaccurate to […]

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Open Letter from East New York Farms


By David Vigil, reposted with permission It was with disappointment, but with little surprise, that we read the article “The Root of All Evil” in this Sunday’s New York Post.  This article is the third that Gary Buiso has written concerning lead contamination in NYC garden soils–his fear-mongering, faulty reasoning and sham investigative reporting are […]

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November General Meeting


Come join us at our November general meeting! All are welcome. We’ll get updates from threatened gardens, plan for December’s Board elections, and start planning for next year. WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE: Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E. 11th St., Manhattan

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NYCCGC Goes to Moscow


NYC Community Gardens featured at the 1st Moscow International Forum, 16 October 2014 By Magali Regis, NYCCGC Board Member I was invited to participate in the 1st Moscow International Forum. The theme this year was: Culture – Look into the Future. The event was organized by the Department of Culture of Moscow and took place […]

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Update on LaGuardia Corner Gardens Case


Reposted from Ellen Horan: Dear Gardeners and Garden Coalition members, This is not over. There was ruling today on the NYU case called ‘Glick v. Harvey’ (see here). Just to make clear to you, (and to my best understanding), this is only the “First Department” in the appeals process, where a panel looks at the legal […]

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More Gardens & HONK NYC presents the East Village Cavalcade for Community Gardens


This Saturday, October 18, More Gardens & HONK NYC is presenting the East Village Cavalcade for Community Gardens from 2-6pm.  HONK is an international activist brass band extravaganza and for the third collaborative year with More Gardens! they are marching through to the Lower East Side to highlight preservation and self-governance of community gardens worldwide. Bring family & loved […]

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October General Meeting


It’s been quite a month! The People’s Climate March was a great success. We were inspired by the vastness of the issues brought together under fighting climate change, meeting passionate fellow New Yorkers as well as folks from all across the country. Let’s keep up the momentum! October General Meeting WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm […]

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September General Meeting & Events


GENERAL MEETING September’s general meeting will take place at Phoenix Community Garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn. WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 6:30PM WHERE: Phoenix Community Garden, 2037 Fulton Street The agenda will cover updates about citywide community garden issues, the Peoples’ Climate March, and general meet and greet for community gardeners. We hope to see you there! PEOPLE’S […]

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