Roosevelt Community Garden Project
Our Roosevelt Community Garden in the Town of Hempstead is gaining momentum and receiving much-deserved attention since its inception in 2018. The Garden has become a place for adults and children to work together to grow fresh wholesome food while learning about agriculture, biodiversity and appreciation of the outdoors. The lessons of the Garden also deepen the connection between protecting our land, air and water and our health.
With the help of our partners, each year we provide a series of educational programs and activities for seasonal gardeners and all residents in the County. Here’s a summary of our 2022 activities:
Our monthly gardening workshops, facilitated by Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, provided information to those interested in gardening, horticulture and related topics. We hosted seven workshops, which included a square foot gardening demonstration, succession planting talk and Garden to Table: How to Prepare to Grow presentation. Our aim was to support gardeners by teaching them how to start and maintain a vegetable garden in small spaces, care for their crops and soil and get more produce throughout the season.
This past year, 41 families secured a raised garden plot for the growing season, of which 10 were new. We kick-started the season with our annual Earth Day program. It was attended by more than 80 participants who took action to help their environment. During the summer we hosted Paint Night in the Garden to get more people outdoors and reduce stress, followed by our fall Dinner in the Open Air to celebrate another successful growing season.
We were also pleased to have more than 50 young botanists and future conservation stewards from Roosevelt and surrounding communities join us in the Garden to do more than grow flowers, vegetables and herbs. The Land Alliance Young Explorers program provides a pathway for children, ages 4-17, and their families to engage with nature, learn about wildlife and the ecosystems they need to survive as well as how to improve their own health. We also had the pleasure of hosting students from the Roosevelt Prevention Coalition. They visited the Garden each month to connect with nature and find ways to cope with stress. Community service opportunities were also available for high school students. We hope to see many of these students and their families again next year so we can continue to cultivate a love of nature.
Engagement and commitment from volunteers is vital to the sustainability of the Garden. We are so grateful to all our volunteers for their immeasurably valuable work including leading educational programs, planting and harvesting crops, weeding, spreading woodchips and organizing social events. Our achievements have been made possible thanks to the many partners who have helped us over the last five years:
- Cornell Cooperative Extension – Nassau County Master Gardeners
- Roosevelt Public Library
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock Social Justice Committee
- One World Girl, Inc
- Hofstra University Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
- Bank of America Associates in Nassau County • Girl Scout Troop #4703
- Volunteers for Wildlife
- Roosevelt Prevention Coalition sponsored by Family and Children’s Services We welcome new partners from schools, civic organizations and local businesses.
For more information about the Roosevelt Community Garden, please email Andrea Millwood at [email protected]