community gardens

Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm

community gardens at east meadow farm

Community Garden Plots

Community Gardens

Please click here for the application to submit for a community garden plot. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applications will remain open until you receive a call, which could be the current season or future season.. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero at the contact information listed below.

Please complete the application and either mail the application or drop it off at our office, located at:

East Meadow Farm
832 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554

(Completed applications can be placed in the mailbox if the office is closed).

Thank you.


Community Gardens are a wonderful way to bring horticulture and gardening to a community that may have limited space. The Community Gardens at the East Meadow Farm consist of 60-5'x20' beds that are leased to families, individuals, schools and community groups. Most gardeners grow produce for their families, and school/youth groups utilize the space to learn about botany, plant and soil science. 

According to the American Community Gardening Association, community gardens benefit the community in the following ways:

  • Improve the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provide a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulate social interaction
  • Encourage self-reliance
  • Beautify neighborhoods
  • Produce nutritious food
  • Reduce family food budgets
  • Conserve resources
  • Create opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduce crime
  • Preserve green space
  • Create income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduce heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provide opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections. For  more information click here.

The space at East Meadow has specifically helped the Nassau community reconnect with nature.

Excess produce is donated weekly to the local food charities.


Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero
Horticulture Community Educator
516-565-5265 Ext. 14

Last updated October 25, 2017