Community gardens

More than a decade after saving scores of community gardens from the auction block, The Trust for Public Land has signed over the deeds to 32 gardens to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, the organizations announced today.

A place where families can grow fresh food, children can play safely, and neighbors can gather.

The Trust for Public Land worked with two local nonprofits—The Sustainable Resources Center and The Green Institute—to permanently protect these gardens.

Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization community development organization in Holyoke, Massachusetts worked with The Trust for Public Land to purchase four acres of farmland to offer urban farming, education and youth outreach opportunities, leadership building and river wildlife stewardship.

In a world of asphalt and brick, New York's more than 450 community gardens provide residents rare places to relax and connect with nature. They serve as front porches and backyards—places to meet with neighbors, play, grow produce, and gather for summer cookouts.

TPL worked with Southside Community Land Trust to prevent development on a portion of Southside Community Farm in Providence, Rhode Island, which continues as a community Providence School System resource.

Our partnership with New York City has resulted in more than 150 acres of additional playground space serving nearly 4.5 million New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of one of our sites.

The Canal neighborhood in San Rafael provides a significant portion of low-income housing in one of the most affluent counties in the United States. Though the neighborhood is diverse, many residents share a common tie to a strong food culture.

A cascade of flowers and greenery on Telegraph Hill, the garden was created by former resident Grace Marchant in a 30-year labor of love.

A two-acre ribbon of mini-parks that stretches through the heart of Visitacion Valley and includes a community and native plant garden, gathering plaza, and children's playground.