Rendering of a garden integrated into a park with public common spaces and fenced plots

Image: W Architecture 

Hosted by 596 Acres, this two-day event will engage advocates, policy makers and other stakeholders in best practices for community access to land, focusing on New York City (April 22) and then expanding the conversation to cities around the world (April 23).

In a session titled "Creating Oases in All Our New Yorks," Five Borough Farm II green infrastructure fellow Martin Barry will present the recommendations for design solutions to transform community gardens into inclusive spaces. 


  • New York City Community Gardening Coalition, on the history of community gardening in NYC (Haja and Cindy Worley, gardeners)
  • NYC Parks Department GreenThumb, on NYC's unique program for making municipal land available for community use (Nancy Kohn, Director)
  • Design Trust for Public Space, on design solutions for transforming community gardens into inclusive spaces 
  • Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, on potential incentives for private land-owners to make their land available to neighbors 
  • Prospect Farm, on running a farm on a privately-owned vacant lot in Brooklyn (Meera Bhat, farmer)

Read more about the Vacant Acres symposium. 

Attend This Event

Date and Time

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 1:30 – 5:00 PM


Tishman Environment and Design Center


  • 66 West 12th Street, Room 510
    New York, NY 10011