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La Casita Verde (Parks Greenthumb Community Garden)

  • 3 people are interested
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We have a solar system that runs our composting and irrigation systems. It sometimes does not work and we need somebody with solar experience and that is tech-savvy to help out on occasion.

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About La Casita Verde (Parks Greenthumb Community Garden)

Location:

451 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, US

Mission Statement

La Casita Verde is a GreenThumb & NYC Parks community garden and living lab established in November 2013. The founding members came together to transform a derelict lot into a space for people in the community and beyond to participate in the soil food web (or the interconnected system that sustains our body and environment!). Members and visitors learn how to make fertile soil, grow healthy food and use the values of permaculture -- all through the union of community, art, science, and fun.

Description

We have over 40 raised beds and grow a range of vegetables, flowers and herbs. In the winter, members decide together what to grow each season. People do not own their own boxes but we make planting decisions together as a group and share the harvest. We also recycle food scraps and use our compost to grow food.

The lot was vacant and a dumping ground for over four decades. It took volunteers a year to just clear out the garbage and bring in soil (over 200 cubic yards) to create a solid and safe foundation. Our original focus was composting because you can’t grow healthy food without healthy soil. For the first year, if somebody asked us what we were growing, we replied "soil!"

In 2016, we designed and built a 3-bin aerated static pile (asp) composter. This machine is solar-powered and blasts air through the bays to reduce labor (no turning piles!) and speed up the decomposition process. We made a how-to video so others could use our design to build their own.




Community
Emergency & Safety
Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

451 Bedford AveBrooklyn, NY 11249

(40.70778,-73.96413)
 

SKILLS

  • Appliance Repair
  • Electronics

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • We have about 3-4 times a year we need support with the solar system.

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