Green Space is OUR Space
by Thom Dellwo
Urban areas all over the country have begun to see the value of
creating community green space. Whether it is rethinking our parks to use the
space more efficiently, or turning unused lots into community gardens, urban
green spaces become safe learning/play areas for our children, foster the development
of community organizations, increase property values and provide a haven from
concrete and steel.
Eastside Community Gardens and Markets is a coalition of several groups in Syracuse that are interested in gardens and markets for a variety of reasons. Its mission is twofold: to work with community organizations and their members who want to create gardens in unused lots, and to help foster community run markets to sell locally produced crafts and fresh fruits and vegetables from community gardens and regional farmers. The aims of coalition members include the following:
The volunteers at the People's Equal Action and Community Effort (PEACE, Inc.) eastside office have created a garden on the property surrounding their building at the corner of East Fayette and Beech Streets, working on the part of their mission that seeks to help provide nourishment to the neighborhood.
Looking for a Community Garden in Your Neighborhood?
|Many neighbors and groups have created green spaces on their blocks to
grow food and get to know their neighbors. If you're interested in starting
one in an empty lot near you, you can contact Syracuse Parks and Recreation
for assistance, 473-4330. To check out some of the most active community
341 Midland Ave Community Garden
Started in 1997, the garden brings together neighbors on the 300 block of Midland Ave.
Morningside Community Garden
Located behind the Ed Smith School on Broad Street, Morningside has about 60 plots gardened by folks living on Syracuse's eastside.
Kwanzaa Community Garden
A garden, park and gathering place for the community on the 900 block of Midland Ave.