61 Franklin Street Garden Infrastructure and Rain Harvest Build 2019-06-05T18:33:30+00:00

Project Description

61 Franklin Street Garden Infrastructure and Rain Harvest Build

Project Lead: 61 Franklin Street Garden
Project Partners: North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance)
Project Location: 61 Franklin Street
GCEF Grant: $21,920
Matching Contribution: $25,000
Fact Sheet: 61 Franklin Street Garden PDF
Project Status: Completed (November 2016)

In 2014, 61 Franklin Street Garden received a $21,920 GCEF grant (and provided $25,000 in matching funds) to further the self-sustainability of this community garden. The GCEF funding helped this New York City GreenThumb garden, which until recently was a derelict lot, continue its development as a community green space. The funds allowed the garden to improve the planting space, construct community education spaces and rain water harvesting facilities, and install solar panels to serve as a renewable power source for the garden.

  • Constructed planters and two picnic tables that allows the garden to host weekly school classes and other community groups.
  • Held four workshops on topics including dying textiles, medicinal plants, and tree care; approximately 50 people participated.
  • Hosted 1-hour weekly garden classes for children ages 4 to 6 – a total of 64 children attended the classes.
  • Hosted the YMCA summer camp multiple times in the summer of 2015; approximately 60 children visited.
  • Built six vertical planters which added an additional 100 square feet of vertical growing space.
  • Installed a new irrigation system that allows for easier watering in the garden. The rainwater catchment system can store up to 600 gallons of storm water and prevent over 2,500 gallons of water from entering the NYC sewer system per year.
  • Installed three solar panels that were designed to sit atop the vertical gardens; the panels provide the gardens with 2,250 watt-hours.