The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (SBCG) creates a green space for children, their families, and the greater community to learn about their food sources and connect with nature through gardening. As a membership-based cooperative and public garden, we foster a sense of community by working together to grow food, offering educational programs, and hosting events.
Members enjoy the benefits of having access to the garden and participating in a robust community of fellow gardeners. In addition to the vast non-material benefits we enjoy, members may use the garden at any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. year-round.
Members may reserve time for parties in 3-hour increments, one party per weekend, on a first-come, first-served basis. Members may also organize public events and activities in the garden. (Please discuss your ideas with the board.)
There is an annual membership fee of $40 per family or $25 per individual. This fee is applied towards purchasing everything needed for the season, including soil, seeds, plants, tools, and supplies, as well as supporting the activities that we organize for the community. If this amount is not feasible for you or your family, please contact us at [email protected] to inquire about our sliding scale.
Orientation will be held monthly during a gardening session on Saturday or Sunday morning. An announcement will be made at least a week in advance. For any membership questions at any time, please contact [email protected].
Weekend Gardening Sessions
Members must commit to one week of watering (three days) and mowing, as well as participate in two weekend work/gardening sessions throughout the season when we make repairs, plant seeds, etc., and we encourage as many members as possible to come on those days to assist in that work.
We use the hydrant across Sackett Street. Watering obligations are one week of watering (three days) per member/family between April and October.
Please use the rubber ramps to protect the hoses as they cross Sackett Street. They are heavy; you can carry them out in a wheelbarrow to make it easier. Tip: lay them so the top opens westward, away from traffic. This way, the tops will stay closed as oncoming traffic crashes over them. Remember to bring them inside at the end of the watering shift.
Keep the hydrant key wrench and cap together and leave them in the shed at the end of the watering shift. Do not leave these out at the hydrant while the hose is connected.
Garden Trash and Recycling
Because of the garden’s previous rat infestation, there is NO FOOD TRASH ALLOWED IN THE GARDEN. Members must please take out with you what you brought in. For non-food items, fill the industrial garbage bags and the clear recycling bags are in one of the square white plastic bins in the shed. Members must commit to taking the trash bags up to Columbia Street for one week in the season – can be done in conjunction with the watering week.
Sunday: Take trash to Columbia Street. Wednesday: Take recycling and trash to Columbia Street.
The garden is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday throughout the season (April – October), by opening the gate by 10 a.m. and closing the gate between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The shed should remain locked if there are no members present.
Annual Community Event
We plan to hold one community event this year fall and members must assist in the planning and running of that event.
We encourage members to plan all-member events in the garden at any time.
Parties in the Garden
One personal party can be scheduled per weekend. There is an event fee of $25 to be paid at least one week prior to the event. If the event is cancelled, the fee will be returned. Events can be scheduled at southbrooklynchildrensgarden.org/party.
Please note that reserving the garden for a particular time does not mean that the garden is entirely private during that time. The public and other members can always enter the garden during open hours.
Look for standing water and eliminate it. Empty watering cans and the swimming pool and look for other items containing water before you leave the garden.
Leaving the Garden
Before locking up for the day, please move everything off of the lawn, including the swimming pool, in order to preserve the grass. Turn everything that can collect water upside down: wheelbarrows, buckets, swimming pool.