Monday, March 19, 2012

It's time to Spring into ACTION !!!
Here what's coming up for our
Staten Island Green Teens.
Staten Island Green Teens
A group of dedicated teen volunteers has recently done amazing work at the DeMatti Harvest Garden in Staten Island. The Staten Island Green Teens are group of teen volunteers whose mission it is to restore, recycle, engage and encourage the greening of more spaces in parks and playgrounds. The DeMatti Harvest Garden, once known as the Children’s Farm Garden and tended by “The Junior City Farmers” in the mid-1950s, is now the focus of the Staten Island Green Teens. With help from Staten Island Horticulture and Forestry Divisions, the Green Teens will clean, clear and re-energize the existing 30’ by 60’ garden space at DeMatti Park. For this spring, the goal of the Staten Island Green Teens is the restoration and planting of a low maintenance, ornamental and edible harvest garden .The group will eliminate invasive elements and begin to plant fruits and vegetables such as high bush blueberries, raspberries, kale, broccoli and mustard greens. The Staten Island Green Teens will plan a fall harvest celebration for the site and hope to locate and reunite some of the original “Junior City Farmers” for the event. The Staten Island Green Teens will also participate in a Sustainable Playgrounds design mentoring project with the Capital Team. The youth will participate in lectures, site visits to view projects in other boroughs, and a design project in the Borough—likely Greencroft Playground, which was last renovated in the 1970s

Adrian Benepe
New York City Parks Commissioner