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Our Story… so far

In May 2010, the fenced lot across the street from PS 306 and MS 331 resembled an abandoned landfill. Leave It Better had just begun work in both schools, and the students showed great enthusiasm for gardening.

With the guidance of a teacher in PS 306, Leave It Better learned about the neglected lot, and saw the potential to turn it into a resource for the entire neighborhood.

With the help of volunteers in the neighborhood, the Leave It Better team collected garbage and remodeled.  On Saturdays, kids showed up to lead the process, along with parents and other members of the community. In February 2011, the garden officially became a Green Thumb Garden, which means that it is now a reserved green space and it can’t be developed or used for commercial or residential purposes. By making it official and registering it, Leave It Better made sure that this space will continue to be used exclusively as a green space and for the benefit of the community.

The next step of the transformation was building beds for planting, and filling them with soil and fertilizer. The food can only be planted in beds, and not directly into the soil, because there used to be a building in that site and the soil still has some leftover contaminants, that would make their way into the produce. The food is protected by adding clean wood chips over the garden floor so that metals and other contaminants don’t harm anyone.

This garden has been a joint effort between Leave It Better, PS 306 & MS 331, Councilmember Cabrera’s office, and the community. We want this partnership to keep growing stronger, and for the plants to keep prospering. The biggest beneficiaries of this, both in the long and in the short term, are the kids, who first acted as a catalysts for the creation of this project.

Want to be a volunteer?

Saturdays and Sundays during the growing season, from noon to 6pm, neighborhood members and Leave It Better goes to the garden.

We are looking for volunteers that have all kinds of experience and expertise!

Whether you have years of experience in gardening or have always been interested in it and want to learn about it…

Whether you have great carpentry skills or like harvesting and cooking fresh produce…

Whether you’re 9 or 90 years old…

Whether you can be there in the afternoon or in the morning…
Whether you live a block away or on the other side of the city…
Whether you prefer the sunny spring days or the chilly fall days…

The only requirement is that you want to join this collective effort to Leave It Better!

1970 Grand Avenue – The Bronx 10453 across from PS 306 and MS 331

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