GREETINGS TO ALL BGG
VOLUNTEERS AND FOLLOWERS
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A FEW WORDS FROM SUE
I’ve always loved plants, but I didn’t start gardening until I moved to Fleetwood in 1995.
Our garden backs onto the Bronx River, and we are fortunate to be surrounded by ancient oak trees, birds, and wildlife. At first, my gardening efforts were concerned with esthetics: all my old favorites like peonies, lilacs, & hostas. I didn’t grasp the importance of planting natives to support the ecosystem until I retired in 2014, & was able to take classes at the Native Plant Center (on the grounds of Westchester Community College in Valhalla). Since then, I have volunteered there and at New York Botanical Garden, and have learned a lot of “hands on” tips from their gardeners. There’s nothing I love more than to spend a day gardening, or visiting gardens on the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.
I’m hoping to learn more about growing vegetables from Farmers Dave and Sal and look forward to helping with harvesting and transporting to ECAP. I love the idea of providing fresh, organic produce to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them.
This year I hope we’ll be able to host more school groups at the Garden, & get our kids interested in composting food scraps & growing organic veggies!
Looking forward to a great year at BGG!
Left to right:
BGG Farmer Dave Phillips; Bronxville Green Committee Chair, Ellen Edwards; Former BGG Director, Mary Liz Mulligan; Incoming BGG Director Sue Brownie; Bronxville Green Committee Communications Chair, Maria Terjanian.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW DIRECTOR, SUE BROWNIE!
THE LATEST NEWS FROM BGG
SPRING 2022 UPDATE FROM FARMER DAVE
Spring 2022 at BGG, Farmer Dave & Farmer Sal
We're looking forward to delivering our first donations of the season mid-late May. Scroll this gallery to learn more...
Garlic always is the first crop of the season to sprout!
GROWING TO GIVE
BGG’s mission is to help bridge the gap of food insecurity that so many families face every day. We donate all the produce we grow to neighboring associations that act as hubs to distribute to those that need it most.
Unlike other community garden models where families rent a box for their own use, BGG’s model is different. While being open for everyone to visit and occasionally help out with weeding and the like, our goal is to grow as much food as possible, with sustainable practices, to give to our neighbors in need.
So exciting to be back in the Garden!
This season we predict will be our best to date due to a couple of factors.
Firstly, we’ve installed 5 new beds which have given us an extra 100 square feet of growing space. Secondly, we will have the continued help of my friend Sal Devivo who has real farm experience. This means that when one of us is away, the other can fully manage the crops and their optimization which in layman's terms translates to more food to harvest and donate!
With the irrigation reinstalled we have planted our first rounds of radish, lettuce, peas, carrots, chard, scallions, kale and beets which the first harvests will be between 24-60 days from now.
Another exciting addition is we will add a flower bed on the exterior perimeter of the South and East sides of the garden which will give it a beautiful colorful frame during the season.
We have also reengaged with The Eliza Corwin Frost school to come to the garden for several classes as well as be involved in a mural project that will celebrate Arbor Day and the importance of trees. The mural will be placed on the brick wall behind the garden for everyone to see!
Starting in May, we will have meet and greet Saturdays from 9-11am so please come down and introduce yourself. More news to follow on this!
COMINGS & GOINGS
And last but not least, we are sad to see our fearless leader Mary Liz Mulligan step down as director. After more than 5 years of volunteering, she has given us not only the momentum to build the garden but to keep it going for all these years and we are truly grateful for her leadership. She told me she will stick around as an advisor…thank god.
Our new director, Sue Brownie, is looking forward to spending a lot of time in the garden and continue the work to make BGG a great place for everyone to visit and learn about plants.
See you in the Garden!
View our 2022 Planting Schedule!
OUR GRATEFUL THANKS
TO MARY LIZ MULLIGAN
The Bronxville Giving Garden would not exist if it were not for the commitment, tenacity, hard work and kindness of Mary Liz Mulligan, and the Bronxville Giving Garden will not be the same without her.
Hopefully we can continue to fulfill the mission which she created and see the garden continue to thrive and succeed as it has so beautifully under Mary Liz's guidance and love.
Thank you Mary Liz, for all that you have done for us.
We appreciate you and we are grateful beyond words.
Your BGG Committee
Bronxville Giving Garden is
a nonprofit, volunteer organization
under the umbrella of the Bronxville Green
Committee, which spear headed the initiative
to bring the garden to life.
Seed money from the Village of Bronxville
and The Bronxville Rotary Club
made this project a reality.
Bronxville Giving Garden operates solely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors.
Our web site is the go-to place for all ways of giving and learning more about what we do and how we do it.
Navigate this site to;
Sign up to volunteer by specific day and time
Sign up for Bronxville Giving Garden email news
Communicate with us
Make a donation
See our latest work in photos
Donate new or used gardening tools
Find helpful articles on gardening and resources
Find our library of seasonal recipes using fresh produce
GIVING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY AGE...
Children from the Junior K class of Bronxville's Reformed Church Nursery School have donated a whopping $506 to Bronxville Giving Garden! The children held a bake sale to raise the funds and then paid a visit to the garden to meet Farmer Dave and learn all about gardening.
We are truly grateful for their hard work and generous donation. See photos in our gallery here. Watch this little video of the students and Farmer Dave having a sing-a-long in the garden! Thanks kids! Well done!