This four year project is almost completed! We hope to finish in only three years thanks to last year's grant from CCNYC! This year's gravel pathway work began as early as possible in April. We have almost distributed all of this gravel and will need one more small load to complete the entire garden!
We have involved many gardeners and many teens who need community service for their high school programs. Most recently we had three college freshman return to help out for the third year in a row. The work is backbreaking and heavy duty, but also rewarding and some gardeners use it as their cardio and core work replacement. Stay tuned for our celebration!
Pathway Maintenance Advice:
- Step on and turn your foot on top of small weeds to loosen and then sweep or pick them up. Keep the path in front of your garden weed-free!
- When you weed, use a bucket, basket, or wheel barrow to catch the organic materials (instead of dropping them in the path as some of us used to do.) This saves your back from clean up and helps you take it all to new materials in the composting area.
- If you bring in dirt or plants or heavy work, cover the path with an open bag, newspaper, or tarp. This will make for quicker clean up and save the path from damage.
The Human Rights Commission has visited and studied our garden. They have made recommendations for how we can make our site more accessible. Please remember to keep ALL items out of the pathways when you are not working in your garden. Pick up any boards or items that are related to ongoing projects. Roll up the hoses neatly as you do and let us know if you would like a hose stand. For accessibility purposes and for safety and insurance, we must keep all pathways open by thirty six inches and clear of any steps, chairs, or personal property.