YONKERS, NY — August 18, 2014 — On Thursday, Aug. 14, Greyston officially opened its seventh Community Garden at 128 Oak Street in Yonkers. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, who planted one of the first new vegetable plants, commented, “This community garden is a great addition to the Yonkers community. It is a place where our kids can play outdoors and learn about the environment by participating in sustainability efforts.”
“Greyston’s Community Gardens have been providing environmental programs and safe green spaces for individuals and families to come together for over 20 years,” said Greyston President and CEO Steven Brown. “Led by the extraordinary Lucy Moreno-Casanova, the gardens allot people to participate fully in their community, learn about nutrition and grow fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Scores of local children, their parents, and members of the community attended the ribbon cutting, in addition to State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Yonkers City Council Members Christopher Johnson and Corazon Pineda.
The newest garden came about through a partnership with the Yonkers Community Action Program (YCAP) with specific dedicated start-up funding from the Westchester Community Foundation. The new garden also features partnerships with Catholic Charities and Obreros Unidos, all who have worked together over the past several months to transform this dilapidated and trash filled space into a garden that will feature 25 garden beds and will serve hundreds of local children and their families.
Ongoing support for the gardens comes from the City of Yonkers and private donations. This newest garden is a terrific example of the public/private partnerships of which Greyston is well known.
Local children and their parents came out to celebrate the opening of Greyston’s seventh community garden at 128 Oak Street in Yonkers on Aug. 14, 2014.
Grounded in a whole-person approach, which we call PathMaking, Greyston, a pioneer in social enterprise, creates jobs and provides integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency. Located in the heart of Yonkers, Greyston is a national model for comprehensive community development and reaches nearly 5,000 individuals and their families every year through a wide array of programs including: affordable housing, a nationally accredited Child Care Center, the Greyston Bakery, Community Gardens and much more.
Greyston’s Community Gardens Project and Environmental programs reach more than 3,800 Yonkers residents annually, providing green space, nutritional education, and community events. In 2013, 382 garden plots produced over 23,000lbs of produce!