We would like to thank the following groups for all of their advice and support!
An organization that builds online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. 596 Acres was instrumental to the effort to make Q Gardens a reality. UPDATE: As of 2018, 596acres is no longer providing advocacy support, but their tools remain online.
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT)
The Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) was incorporated in 2004 to manage 34 gardens – 29 gardens in Brooklyn and 5 in Queens – with a plan to eventually own those gardens. BQLT is now the owner of 32 of those gardens and has more than 500 volunteers. BQLT has a unique structure where the gardens are the members and garden representatives act on behalf of their gardens in an official capacity either on the BQLT board or as voting members. In 2015, Q Gardens became BQLT’s first affiliate garden located on leased land.
Citizens Committee for New York City
Citizens Committee’s mission is to help New Yorkers – especially those in low-income areas – come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Q Gardens has received numerous small grants from Citizens Committee, all of which have helped us tremendously to meet our goals. So many gardens have benefited from their support — we thank them for investing in community-led projects!!
Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC)
CEANYC strengthens and expands community-led, democratically-controlled initiatives—from worker, financial, and consumer co-ops to community land trusts and gardens, mutual housing, and low-income housing co-ops. Q Gardens has been a proud CEANYC member since 2018.
We Radiate’s aim is to change the current waste management paradigm for greater organics diversion. Their approach to innovation focuses on technological and societal aspects to shift traditional waste management concerns. In 2019, Q Gardens launched a partnership with We Radiate, installing one of their sensors (which continuously measures temperature and moisture) in one of our compost bins.
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX)
HCX is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that develops, presents, and promotes the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. In 2018, HCX organized a several cultural events at Q Gardens, including a photography exhibit and a drumming/Haitian herbal eduation event.
Kriyol Dance! Collective (KDC)
KDC is a collective of artist-leaders working together, on one platform, to advocate for the unapologetic voices of Black arts through collaborative and unified work and intervention. KDC uses art – dance, music, and spoken word – as a tool for commentary creating original work focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture. Q Gardens began a collaboration with KDC in 2019 to bring Haitian cultural events to the garden.
Kiddie Science is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization aimed at presenting science to young children. Established in 2013, Kiddie Science has worked with over one thousand young scientists through New York City. Throughout the summer of 2016, Kiddie Science hosted regular urban agriculture workshops at Q Gardens.
Flatbush Farm Share
A CSA based in Flatbush, Brooklyn whose mission it is to make local, organic produce available to any Brooklyn resident, regardless of economic status.
Sacred Vibes Apothecary Sacred Vibes Apothecary is a medicinal herb shop and educational center in Ditmas Park. Sacred Vibes apprentices, in collaboration with Sustainable Flatbush, helped establish Q Garden’s healing herb garden and led a series of medicinal herb workshops in 2015.
The Flatbush Gardener
A native plant and insect expert who has turned his yard in Flatbush into an incredible habitat for native species. He has generously donated a number of native plants to Q Gardens.
Neil Ellenbogen Wonderful tree pruner based in Brooklyn who has delivered several huge, free loads of woodchips to Q Gardens. He can be contacted at: 917-443-3277.
Ditmas Park Corner
A high-quality neighborhood blog always ready and willing to share information benefiting the community. (UPDATE: Ditmas Park Corner has now been merged with several other local blogs into what is now BKLYNER…..we really miss the distinctly local flavor of Ditmas Park Corner!)
The Q At Parkside
A wonderful blog and invaluable resource for residents of Flatbush, focusing on the area served by the Parkside Avenue B/Q stop.
Prospect Farm is a community garden in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot located at 1194 Prospect Avenue.
Flatbush Community Garden
A member-run community garden located on private land near Albemarle and Buckingham Roads in Brooklyn. (UPDATE: Flatbush Community Garden was sadly closed by the landowner at the end of 2016. Many of their plants were donated to Q Gardens…we will do our best to take care of them!)