Community Farm

After signing our petition here, please email the following letter of support to our project to the Queens Parks Commissioner M. Dockett, at mike.dockett@parks.nyc.gov and to Our city councilmen jvanbramer@council.nyc.gov.

Make sure to fill in your name in the letter.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe93mKLsQmNWCRhL0-PBWwjc4tJT12yW1V_cp_eG-kOw-lfNA/viewform







Relief during COVID-19 pandemic and aftermath:

Community Composting and Pantry Farm within the park site at 39th Avenue & 50th Street, Woodside, in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District

 

Our community is banding together in this time of crisis, and we ask you to be our partners.

 

I am [NAME], and I am writing to support Woodside-Sunnyside Composting Collective’s (WSCC) proposal for an immediate, emergency use of the vacant parkland located at 39th Avenue and 50th Street. We want to create a temporary composting site and panty farm to grow food for families in need. WSCC will be under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Lucas* and his SunnyCompost team who have successfully run with other volunteers composting at the Sunnyside community gardens since 2015.

 

The emergency composting site will relieve the City’s waste stream during the hiatus of the Brown Bin Program. This, plus a regenerative community farm will fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s directive for green infrastructure and address the need to mitigate the effects of climate change.

 

Our initiative is the perfect bridge toward the garden park on this site that our community has worked to achieve for the past 11 years: see https://sunnysidegardens.us/to-save-historic-parkland-for-a-public-garden-park.

 

WSCC and SunnyCompost have kept records of collected food waste since 2016 and observed a 500% increase in the past 6 weeks. Our community garden is donating to Sunnyside Together’s food pantry program, as Woodside on the Move and the Woodside/Sunnyside Community Covid-19 Relief Group report a dramatically increased need for food since last month. The available cultivable space in the future park site can rapidly grow healthy produce for our local food banks.

 

At no expense to the City, WSCC will provide the management and volunteer forces for food waste collection and composting, and for the cultivation of suitable portions of the land to grow food for pantries. Additionally, the compost produced will be available for the development of the future park, and proper cultivation of the area will provide stormwater management opportunities.

 

*Benjamin Lucas is Teaching Biological and Environmental sciences in CUNY and other universities, and holds degrees in Environmental toxicology, Ecology and Agronomy. As a community volunteer, he has co-supervised the SunnyCompost program for the past 4 years. No one is more dependable to oversee the WSCC’s iniative.


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