Central Islip (Teatro Yerbabruja) Community Garden Build Recap

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On June 26, 2015 Sustainable Long Island worked with community partner Teatro Yerbabruja to build a community garden outside of their newly renovated Downtown Performing Arts Center in Central Islip. Teatro Yerbabruja uses the arts as a tool for social change.

Sustainable Long Island, Teatro Yerbabruja staff, members of the community, and a host of volunteers from ERM Group Foundation and Target built six 4’x4′ raised garden beds, two of which are considered high beds to allow for easier access for seniors and physically disabled persons. The project aims to empower local youth and residents and will be run by Teatro Yerbabruja, who is committed to ensuring maintenance and upkeep of the garden.

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Community gardens are a valuable tool toward promoting greater food access, and bring together people of different ages, genders, and ethnicities. These gardens also reduce neighborhood carbon footprints; beautify neighborhoods; contribute to a sense of place; promote education about agriculture; and improve participants’ nutrition.

This project was funded in part by Bank of America and the ERM Group Foundation. Special thanks to Target who provided volunteers, gardening gloves, and shovels toward the build.

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