Current Projects at the Urban Meadow

The Urban Meadow began its life as a garbage strewn lot choked by weeds as high as an elephant's eye. Though the lot belonged to the New York City Parks Department, it had not been developed.  Through the efforts of community members working with Parks, the lot was cleared of garbage in 2008 and a temporary wildflower garden and grassy space was created.

The space was named the "Cabrini Green Urban Meadow" and eventually was turned over to the community and became an official community garden under Greenthumb NYC.

For information about joining the Urban Meadow go here. We welcome members to become involved in the garden.  If you know about gardening, come share your advice and expertise.  If you don't know anything about gardening, come learn and pitch in.  You don't need an already operative green thumb or tools of your own, we're all learning as we go.  We have regular gardening sessions, particularly during the spring on Sundays from 10 AM - 12 PM.
 
Some of the garden projects we are working on now include:

2014 -  Straw bale gardening.  We're trying a new gardening technique that allows us to plant vegetable seedlings directly into straw bales.  In the spring members came to plant seeds to take home to germinate, and then we'll be planting them into the bales when the weather gets warmer. http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/straw-bale-gardening/ 

2012-2013 projects.  Continuing with the donation to the Urban Meadow by Barrett Design & Development, LLC, in 2013 the garden bought new picnic tables, supplies and equipment including a new lawn mower, and hundreds of new plants, bushes, trees and bulbs.

In spring 2013, members installed a blue stone path and a beautiful pergola was installed.  Both of these projects were made possible through the donation from Barrett Design & Development.

In addition, in 2012, the Urban Meadow became host to a little flock of chickens! When the chickens were flooded out of their home by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the owner contacted us about housing them temporarily.  The chickens quickly became a favorite of members and the community and now have a beautiful coop in the garden.  Their owner moved in next door and became a member of the garden and looks after the flock. 

New landscaping and beautification 2011. Through the advocacy of City Councilmember Brad Lander and the generosity of Barrett Design & Development, LLC, the developer of 25 Carroll Street around the corner from the Meadow, Barrett Design has made a donation of $20,000 to help beautify and landscape the Urban Meadow.

This donation reflects the commitment of the Councilman and Barrett Design to open recreational space for our neighborhood and to the idea that companies who do business in our communities also support the interests of the people who live there.


UPDATE October 2011: We have begun the preparations for laying a new path in the Meadow with the help of this funding.  Members have rototilled sections of the garden and have begun to dig out paths in preparation to put in sand/gravel as a base and then lay bluestone to create paths.

Composting.  The Meadow began a new composting program in Spring 2011.  We wrote a grant to Partnership for Parks and ioby.org and our project was fully funded!  This allowed the garden to buy two large composters,  which were assembled and installed in the Meadow.  We laid a foundation of dried brown material and added in garden scraps and then kitchen scraps.

Composting allows us to recycle garden scraps and household waste and use the resulting compost for the Meadow's garden. We can reduce the waste we toss out from the Meadow and our homes, and use organic compost to enrich the soil at the Meadow.  Members of the Urban Meadow can compost their kitchen scraps in our composters.


Fall 2011 - Mass bulb planting.  We purchased and planted hundreds of flowering bulbs this fall for beautiful displays of daffodils and tulips that have been delighting members each spring.