Reopened Ft. Greene community garden will grow locals’ picks

Rebirth: Officials are looking for locals to submit their ideas on how to best makeover this long-abandoned community garden in Fort Greene.
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Stewards of an abandoned Fort Greene community garden have reopened the green space and are asking locals for ideas on how to revitalize the meadow, according to its keepers.

“We’re trying to open it up to the community to make the best of the space,” said Demetrice Mills, president of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust.

Poor leadership led to the more than two-year-closure of The Greene Garden on DeKalb and S. Portland avenues, according to Mills, who said his organization hired a team to breathe new life into the plot, which can be used by neighbors to grow plants of their choice.

He solicited residents for input on what they’d like to see in the nursery at a meeting last month, and received a variety of suggestions that included creating a retreat for neighbors to lounge and programs to engage area youngsters.

“Part of it can be a garden, part of it can be a place where you can have events or meetings,” Mills said. “We’re trying to attract the youth, too, and get them more involved. Instead of hanging out in the street, they can come in the garden and make a difference.”

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust needs to raise more funds in order to fully revamp the space, but will begin its makeover by cutting down some trees so sunlight can flood the patch, which is furnished with benches and a gazebo where visitors can relax in the meantime.

And even though The Greene Garden is just across the street from the massive Fort Greene Park, it gives locals a different kind of meadow to spend their days, according to Mills.

“Sometimes there are questions about how there’s a big park across the street, but some people like a private, smaller space for their kids to run around,” he said.

There is no definitive timeline for the revamp, but Mills said people can contact his office with their suggestions and can expect big changes soon.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire; BQLT is biased and CO from Brooklyn says:
Poor leadership, lack of intellect or caring for people is the motto of BQLT; disrespect of former stewards of the gardens is why this is so sad. (It's a #MeToo! situation; sexual harassment; any non-Profit Presidents telling young women he's their daddy!!! should step down.)

Greene Garden is cursed, will be cursed until the right thing is done to give recognition to the people who made, created and kept up that garden. Nothing will grow in that garden.

This president allowed women to be abused verbally, mentally and probably had no care if they were abused physically. He as leader failed, he speaks of himself. Instead, he did nothing!

Other gardens created a land trust to break away from BQLT. Dissolving it; splitting it up by community or borough since there seems to be bias against certain groups. Capacity, background or know-how to oversee 37 spaces of such magnitude does not exist in BQLT management; they use recognition by association; gentrification and assimilation and call it success; it's a lie.

Individual gardens stewards create successful gardens Anything published is for display; display only; Give money to the Hurricane damaged islands.

A founder, reason for BQLT existence; special woman died, heartbroken after spent her last summer in this garden, only to be thrown out like by this man and his minions. She was the reason this organization made it to where they are. Paying someone to do what people did for free? What a joke; engineers, architects, project managers, landscapers all tried to fix this garden.

BQLT did not abide by the rules of a simple $2,500 grant to create a sustainable plan since 2007. What do you think they will do with your dollars? Give money to an organization in need; not this corrupt, warped, biased and understaffed organization.

Stewards spent hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars without any thanks, just a locked community garden before the summer ended.

Incidents in gardens are hidden; but hurt people. This past summer; a BQLT gardens kicked out a beautiful five year old girl and her mom and dad; they get no answers when asked why. The father has written dozens of letters, ignored by this president who wants your dollars and participation. The father cannot ignore his baby girl when she asks questions or cries. They spent thousands in personal funds, hundreds of hours, when inquiring about fair treatment; this president says nothing.

When asked, Donald Trump gives you an answer; this BQLT president ignores questions, he is not only responsible for hurting a five year old; this beautiful little girl cries with a broken heart daily.

The evil exists in some of these BQLT gardens (not all; at least three or four in Ft. Greene) and until is exposed or the organization is broken up into something that works for the community; this article is nothing but smoke and mirrors!
Oct. 26, 2017, 6:11 pm

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