Over here at Q’Stoner, we are big fans of the organization 596 Acres, which helps New Yorkers access vacant, publicly-owned land and gives them the tools to start community gardens. While 596 Acres does work all over New York, they’ve done a lot in Queens: they are currently hosting this exhibit at the Queens Museum, they helped establish the Smiling Hogshead Ranch, and they have organized all throughout the Rockaways. (For more examples of their work in the borough, go here.)
Today Executive Director Paula Z. Segal announced that the non profit only has enough funds to last through March 30th. As she says, “After that, without further support, all of our work could quickly come to a halt.” They have kicked off a fundraiser in hopes of raising $25,000 by February 8th, which would secure their staff through summer. If you’re interested, donate online here or send a check made out to “The Fund for the City of New York” with “596 Acres” in the memo line to: 596 Acres, Inc., 540 President Street #2E, Brooklyn NY 11215.