Plots, layout, membership

Fall meetings, work days and events

The next meeting is Monday, November 9 at 7pm, downstairs at the YMCA on Bedford Ave at Monroe St. The next work day is Saturday, November 14 from 11-3pm. All are welcome. There are also rumors of a post-Marathon candy swap—check back soon!

The garden is closed November through March, so no open hours, but we still meet the second Monday of every month at 7pm, downstairs at the Bed-Stuy YMCA. Work days continue for composting and as needed—check back for updates. Visitors remain welcome whenever the garden is open.

Garden membership is open to a limited number of new folks. To learn more, please inquire at a meeting or work day.

Spring 2015

The next meeting is Monday, May 11 at 7pm in the garden (or at the YMCA on Bedford at Monroe in case of bad weather.) The next work day is Saturday, May 16 at 11am. All are welcome. Prospective members: We voted in summer 2014 to close membership. We may consider new members beginning in June 2015. To learn more, please attend a monthly garden meeting.

Stay tuned for spring events, including our annual block party Saturday, June 6. Elsewhere, Making Brooklyn Bloom comes to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on March 14, and GreenThumb's Grow Together is on March 21.

July meeting and work day

The next meeting is Monday, July 14 at 7pm in the garden (in case of rain, downstairs at the YMCA at 1211 Bedford Av). We will distribute new keys to members in good standing and vote on a membership freeze. The next work day is Saturday, July 19 from 11-3pm.

Joining the garden and getting a plot

To join the garden, you should work 6 hours in the garden during one or more work days and pay dues ($20 per adult member.) Work days are held the Saturday following the second Monday of each month (i.e. the Saturday following the meeting), and are listed on our calendar. If you cannot make a work day, you can work during open hours with coverage, or arrange another time with a garden member. Tasks are decided at the meeting and posted beforehand to our email list, but always include picking up trash, pulling weeds, filling the water barrels, and watering the trees. Our ongoing tasks list is also posted in the shed. Let a gardener know that you are working towards membership and log your hours in the book in the shed.

Compost Membership

The garden has closed compost membership until Spring 2015. Please attend a meeting at a date TBA to learn about opportunities to join as a compost member next spring.


Greene Acres is part of the New York Restoration Project, and we are a Green Thumb garden, which means that we are open to the public at least 10 hours a week during the spring, summer and fall. Everyone is welcome to stop in or sit and read under a tree when the garden is open. Children are always welcome, but they must be supervised. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

Greene Acres is an organic garden: we don't use chemical pesticides or fertilizer anywhere in the garden.

Members are required to help maintain common areas, attend at least two monthly meetings and three work days, pay $20 in dues annually, and host at least 10 open hours per season. To join the garden you must complete six hours of garden work during public hours. Once you have spent some time working in the garden you can join at any garden meeting or work day. Once you are a member, you can get on the waiting list for your own plot, but if you don't have your own plot or don't have time to care for one, 2/3 of the garden is set aside as common space that everyone can tend.