project leader
Kathy P
131 Livingston St., Room 301
(Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope, Kensington, Red Hook, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace)
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the project

In just six months since launch, Garden Train has accomplished a lot as New York City's first districtwide public school gardens consortium.  The idea behind our network was to connect the 25+ district school garden leaders with each other and with the greater community for the benefit of everyone.  School gardens can teach so many wonderful values from healthy eating to environmental stewardship to sustainability and science.  They are also often the only aspect of a school that the public sees since school gardens in Brooklyn are often outside in view from the street, so they are that one visible link between the school and the community.  

Garden Train has provided free workshops (native plants and setting up a compost system at schools are examples) and a forum for school garden leaders to share ideas and resources.  We have been accepted into the highly competitive and prestigious training program in Berkeley, California, hosted by Alice Waters and our application to the sought-after program was stronger because we approached the opportunity as a network, not as individual schools.  One example of how we've strengthened community ties is a partnership we started with local ceramics studio Gasworks NYC that donates handmade ceramic planters to all of the district schools for school plant sales.  Additionally, we had an item on District 39's participatory budgeting ballot to create a D15 Tool Lending Depot at Old Stone House and we are planning a school gardens crawl in the fall.  

We've done a great deal of work for public schools utilizing 100% people power and without spending a dime.  However, it is now time to have a more professional presentation to increase our potential impact.  When we attend garden conferences, and school or community events, we'd like to have t-shirts and business cards.  We have done a LOT with a printer, a laminator and free graphic design help, but our next steps to looking and feeling like group are t-shirts and business cards.

the steps

Can't wait to place an order for 15 t-shirts and 1000 business cards!  We are going to be ready to represent as the cohesive and organized network that we are when we take our show on the road to Berkeley, California, at the end of June when we are trained by Alice Waters at her annual Edible Academy.  With professionally printed t-shirts and business cards, we will be confident networkers for Brooklyn's public school gardens at conferences and networking events that will help us grow.

why we're doing it

Garden Train believes that the world needs more opportunities to connect and share with each other and grow things in the earth.  Garden Train, New York City's first and only districtwide school gardens network, fosters this connectedness and grows community.  We believe that strengthening ties between public schools and the larger community helps both our students and the community.


$145.00: 10 T-shirts with Garden Train logo at $14.50 each, includes tax and shipping

$50.00:  1000 business cards, includes tax and shipping

ioby Platform Fee  waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $10
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $6



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