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Brooklyn’s El Jardin del Pueblo Transforms an Empty Lot into an Urban Farm
Posted By Sherrell Dorsey On February 15, 2013 @ 8:55 am In Brooklyn,Food,Green Building,Green Space,Helping People,Recycling and Composting,Urban Farming | No Comments
Residents in East New York, Brooklyn have a new place to shop for their eggs without having to step foot inside of a grocery store  or bodega. Instead, members of the recently unveiled El Jardin del Pueblo – a community garden  project spearheaded by GrowNYC – can pick up fresh, organic eggs directly from one of the 25 donated heirloom chickens that have made a home in the newly established garden.
With the help of volunteers from Timberland , Bank of America and Swiss Re, GrowNYC  was able to clear three vacant lots owned by NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development . The garden was made possible by the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation , which acquired a temporary license to use the affordable housing site for urban agriculture .
Volunteers installed landscape fabric, mulch, picnic tables, 30 raised garden beds and rainwater systems . The newly transformed space now serves as a hub for agriculture, community building, preservation, and – you guessed it – eggs! The garden affectionately boasts a sign naming it “The People’s Garden” with a mantra that proudly proclaims “Our Work is our Food.”
Via GrowNYC 
Images: GrowNYC 
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 grocery store: http://inhabitat.com/the-culinary-misfits-rescue-the-fruits-veggies-that-supermarkets-and-restaurants-reject/
 community garden: http://inhabitat.com/berlins-secret-garden-is-a-green-oasis-full-or-fruits-and-veggies-for-the-community-to-enjoy/
 GrowNYC : http://www.grownyc.org/
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 Timberland: http://inhabitat.com/ringo-starr-designs-earthkeepers-boot-for-timberland-to-benefit-wateraid/
 NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/home/home.shtml
 Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation: https://sites.google.com/a/cypresshills.org/cypress-hills-local-development-corporation/
 urban agriculture: http://inhabitat.com/data-from-google-earth-helps-to-uncover-chicagos-hidden-urban-farms/
 rainwater systems: http://inhabitat.com/waterbank-school-harvests-rainwater-for-underprivileged-pupils-in-kenya/
 GrowNYC: http://www.grownyc.org/blog/el-jardin-del-pueblo-grows-in-east-new-york/
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