Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh
From the rubble of vacant, neglected, and under-utilized land, Newburgh Community Gardens in New York are gently picking up steam as raised beds become the signature of cheap, delicious local food. The gardens are made possible by a collaborative effort among Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh, the Newburgh City Council, and the hard work of numerous AmeriCorps volunteers and local residents.
|Dutch Reformed Church garden|
The official process started when Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh applied for a grant through the city council. As part of the application process, soil tests were conducted at each of the potential garden sites. This data was appended to the maps created earlier with the help of the Orange County Office of Planning and Development. After site selection, public events were held seeking community input and interest. From this information, a plan detailing the intended owners and stewards of each garden was drawn up and presented to the city. All this work paid off when the Newburg Community Gardens got the green light.
Recently, Newburgh welcomed the addition of two more public gardens cultivated from the efforts of several dedicated organizations. The garden at the Dutch Reformed Church is adjacent to the city library and sits before a monolithic set of pillars characteristic of Newburgh’s aging architectural wonders. Immediately following and during the installation of this garden, the community began to take notice and offer assistance.
|Boys at San Miguel work on garden|
|Armory Garden's green team|