Community Gardens in Suffolk County


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KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW
To join others in a team effort

growing food in a space that permits access, guided by rules, and encourages others to share the responsibilities of maintaining a site and harvesting with others.


5-10 dedicated gardeners lead & guide others

Grow what you will eat or donate to others

Space use permission, liability/insurance understood, soil & water have been tested, ease of access

Operation hours, roles & responsibilities, resource sharing, communicating, gardening practices, community etiquette

Commitment to assuming site responsibilities: spring maintenance, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, fall cleanup

LEADERSHIP Bottom up only, engaging as many as possible.

Top down approach fails after first season.

One or two leaders can’t “run” a community garden. Success requires at least 5-10 actively engaged members who share key community gardening roles.

SKIN in the GAME Plots may have nominal fee. User agreement signed. Failure to follow rules may result in penalties.
EDUCATION Offer workshops on planting techniques, companion plants, organic approaches, weeds & watering, disease prevention. Consult CCE Master Gardeners.
COMMUNICATION Identify ways to share information & questions via email, phone or social media. Identify 2-3 members who will take on this key role. Also set up a marker board at the site to share messages.
TROUBLESHOOTING Have plans in place…when deer knock down the fence, cucumber beetles devour crops, vegetables or tools go missing, a gardener cuts his hand, garden beds have been neglected for a month.
HARVESTING Learn when to harvest crops before they spoil. Have sources to accept excess food been identified? How will food get there for distribution?
COMMUNITY & COMRADERIE Celebrate this community effort with members and with guests at least twice a season. Consider an opening day gathering, a wild weeder’s night, or a harvest feast.

Community Gardens on Long Island

Brentwood

Sisters of St. Joseph Community Garden
1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, New York 11717
Main Office: 631-273-1187

Bridgehampton

Good Shepherd Farm at Queen of Most Holy Rosary Church
2350 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, New York 11932
Contact: Jay Hunt - jayhunt125@yahoo.com

Peconic Land Trust / Community Garden at Bridge Gardens
36 Mitchell Lane
Contact: Rick Bogusch - RBogusch@peconiclandtrust.org

https://www.facebook.com/BridgeGardens

https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/projects/bridge-gardens

Center Moriches

Clayton Huey Elementary School-Community Garden
511 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY 11934
Annette Rank: rankmom@optonline.net

Ketcham Community Garden
81 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY 11934
631-878-1855
Contact: ketchaminn89@gmail.com

Centereach

Hobbs Neighborhood Roots Community Garden
178 Oxhead Road, Centereach, NY 11720
Contact: Anne - anne@hobbsfarm.info

https://www.facebook.com/bethelhobbs/

https://hobbsfarm.info

Central Islip

Central Islip Civic Council Community Garden
68 Wheeler Road, Central Islip, NY 11722
Contact: Joan - jcrescitelli@cicivic.org

https://www.facebook.com/CentralIslipCivicCouncil/

https://centralislipciviccouncil.org

East Hampton

East End Community Organic Community Garden
55 Long Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
Contact: eccofarm@gmail.com

https://eecofarm.org

https://www.facebook.com/EECOFarm/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-...

East Patchogue

St. Joseph the Worker Community Garden
510 Naragansette Avenue, East Patchogue, NY 11772
Contact: Betty Gunlock - bgundlach@gmail.com
(631) 848-4050
https://www.facebook.com/St-Joseph-the-Worker-Church-Community-Garden-108498445878274/

Greenlawn

Clifford Soergl Memorial Garden
Dunlop and Greenlawn Roads, Huntington, NY 11743
631-351-3186
Contact: Robert Pilinick - Rpilinick@HuntingtonNY.gov

https://www.facebook.com/The-Clifford-Soergel-Memorial-Outreach-Garden-289287177772134/

http://www.huntingtonny.gov/SoergelGarden

Hampton Bays

Good Ground Community Garden
70 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays, New York 11946
Contact: Joan Moran - jmoran@hbschools.us
631-723-2121
https://www.facebook.com/goodgroundcommunitygarden/

http://goodgroundschoolcommunitgarden.weebly.com/?...

The Good Ground Heritage Garden
81 Lynn Ave., Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Contact: info@eciny.org
Website: https://eciny.org/good-ground-heritage-garden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecocultureinit

Holtsville

Holtsville Ecology Site
249 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, New York 11742
Contact: 631-758-9664 ext 10 - kdandrea@brookhavenny.gov

https://www.facebook.com/brookhavenwildlifecenter

Huntington

Robert Kubecka Organic Garden
Dunlop and Greenlawn Roads, Huntington, NY 11743
631-351-3186
Contact: Robert Pilinick - Rpilinick@HuntingtonNY.gov

http://www.huntingtonny.gov/kubecka-gardens

Huntington Station

Gateway Park Organic Community Garden
10 Lowndes Avenue & NY Ave, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Contact: Frances Whittelsey - 631-223-8179
http://www.gatewaygarden.org

https://www.facebook.com/Gateway-Park-Community-Garden-151672081511195/

http://www.huntingtonny.gov/gateway-gardens

Mastic Beach

Grace Lutheran Church Community Garden
240 Mastic Rd, Mastic Beach, New York 11951
Contact: Melinda – 631-281-8196
https://www.facebook.com/GraceLutheranChurchCommunityGarden/

https://www.graceinmb.org/

Medford

Harrison Hale Community Garden
52 Baldwin Lane, Medford, NY 11763
Contact: 631-698-8441
BishopHale2@optonline.net

Middle Island

Longwood Victory Garden At Bartlett Pond Park
340-426 Rt. 25, Middle Island, NY 11953
Gail Lynch Bailey: Gailybaily@aol.com
Cell: 631-921-6971
https://www.facebook.com/LongwoodVictoryGarden/

Montauk

The Montauk Community Garden
Corner of S. Etna and Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
Contact: Bill Becker, Facebook messenger is the best way to reach out
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MontaukCommunityGarden/

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai Heritage Trust
633 Mount Sinai Coram Rd. Mt. Sinai, NY 11766
631-509-0882
Contact: contact@heritagetrustmail.org

https://www.msheritagetrust.org

Garden of Feedin'
233 North Country Road
Contact: 631-473-1582

New Suffolk

New Suffolk Waterfront Community Garden
650 1st Street New Suffolk, NY 11956
Contact: Shannon Simon - newsuffolkfund@gmail.com
631-872-6982
https://www.newsuffolkwaterfront.org/community-garden

Patchogue

Patchogue Community Garden
Contact: Diane Butler or Eileen Brenner - patchoguecommunitygarden@gmail.com
located on the end of Bay Avenue behind the Rec Center
https://www.facebook.com/PatchCommGarden

Riverhead

Hallockville Museum Farm Community Garden
6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Contact: 631-298-5292
hallockville.com

https://www.facebook.com/Hallockville

River and Roots Community Garden
57 W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901
The intersection of Griffing Avenue and West Main Street
Contact: Amy Davidson - riverandrootscg@gmail.com
631-384-6764
http://riverandrootscg.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/438746905067/

Ronkonkoma

The Chemical Free Garden
939 Johnson Avenue, off Erie, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Contact: Ruth McDade - 631-471-7242 x1329

Southhampton

Tuckahoe Community Garden - School Garden
468 Magee Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Contact: Matthew Doris - 631-283-3550 x 311
MDoris@tuckahoecommonsd.com

Southold

Peconic Land Trust / Community Garden at the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm
3005 Youngs Ave, Southold, New York 11971
Contact: Robin Harris - (631) 283-3195
https://www.facebook.com/AgCenterCharnews/

https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/projects/agricultural-center-at-charnews


If you have a community garden and would like to be added to our list:

Contact

Roxanne Zimmer
Community Horticulture Specialist
rz378@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 215

Last updated June 18, 2021