GreenThumb Community Garden Survey
2018 will mark GreenThumb’s 40th anniversary. The division, which is now a part of NYC Parks was created in response to the City’s fiscal crisis in the 1970s that resulted in widespread abandonment of public and private property. Citizens through their own initiative began to take care of these properties turning them into community gardens. Since 1978, GreenThumb has provided programming and material support to community gardeners in New York City. On the advent of our 40th anniversary now is an opportune time to take stalk of where we have been and to look towards the future of community gardening in New York City.
What neighborhood do you live in?
What borough do you live in?
How often do you visit community gardens?
I have never visited a community garden
What was the purpose of your visits to a community garden?
Attend a neighborhood event or garden program
Participate in a workshop
Drop off compost
Relax and/or socialize
Sit some place quiet
What best describes your experience at a community garden?
I have generally felt welcome
The space has been inaccessible or the gate often locked
I have not been to a community garden before
Have you ever considered joining a community garden?
What has kept you from joining?
Time commitment, I am just too busy
Availability of space, There are no plots available in gardens near me
I am not sure how to go about joining a garden
I don’t feel welcome in the garden or I was told I was not allowed to join
I am not interested in gardening
What, if any are the benefits of community gardens?
Improve natural environment
Opportunity to access healthy food
Engage with community and neighbors
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