community gardens

Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm

community gardens at east meadow farm

Community Garden Plots

Community Gardens

Due to the extensive wait list for community garden plots, we are currently not accepting applications.

Please check back in the winter to see if applications have reopened.

Thank you.


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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

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

Excess produce is donated weekly to the local food charities.

Contact

Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero
Horticulture Community Educator
jrc439@cornell.edu
516-565-5265 Ext. 14

Last updated May 17, 2019