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Large Community Gardens

  • Subject: [cg] Large Community Gardens
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 01:54:42 EDT

In response to Shane Siwik's query on CG size:

1) Eagle Heights Community Gardens at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Eagle Heights Community Gardens date back to 1962. Currently, there are 450 organic garden plots used by over 1000 gardeners speaking 60 different languages. The average plot size is 25' x 25' with a six foot wide path between plots.  There used to be an arial photo of the garden on their website, (Eagle Heights Community Garden ) but the link does not seem to be working.

2) Bennett Field Community Garden, in Good old Brooklyn, NY

Again, I'm not sure of the acreage but the Floyd Bennett Field CG on the old airfield site is often billed as the "largest community garden in America".

Floyd Bennett Field (within Gateway National Park)

The Floyd Bennet Field/Gateway National Park is also home to the largest community garden in the country, with 480 plots and 500 tillers of the soil; many more if you include the involvement of friends, family and neighbors. The garden offers free workshops throughout the year
Ryan Visitor Center, end of Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 (718) 338-3799
Remnants of this former airfield on the western shore of Jamaica Bay survive, including Hangar Row and miles of runways. But what had been the City's first municipal airport is now replete with nature, boasting hundreds of acres of grasslands, shrub thickets and pioneering forest, which have been growing unimpeded for the last 50 years. The park also hosts a variety of songbirds, waders and seabirds, including bufflehead ducks and double-crested cormorants; 181 bird species have been recorded here.
What is most unusual about Floyd Bennett Field - formerly a saltmarsh, but later landfilled to create the airport - is that it's the only place in New York City where you can go camping. This Gateway National Recreation Area property offers two camp sites, which can be reserved for a single tent or for groups for a $25 permit processing fee. The sites are 400 yards from the bay and near two trails, the North 40, a 1.5-mile circular path that includes a freshwater pond and two bird blinds, and Dead Horse Bay Trail, a short walk leading to the water's edge. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
. The field's runways are open to cyclists and skaters and there's a flying field for model plane enthusiasts. Rangers provide free nature walks and talks on the area's aviation history.

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