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Pleasantville Community Garden Mission Statement:
To provide fresh, nutritious food to the hungry in Westchester County, by growing and gathering healthy vegetables for local food pantries. The garden will be built, maintained and operated by multi-generational local volunteer groups and individuals working together to aid people in need. The garden will be organic and adhere to reduce/reuse/recycle principles.
The idea of the Pleasantville Community Garden was developed by Devin Juros, a 7th grader at the time, who wanted to help his community and the hungry in Westchester. During the winter of 2013, Devin worked on the concept of a community garden and later he presented the idea to his family who accepted the idea and agreed to help him in his quest. After that, the process of creating the garden gained traction as contacts were made and relationships formed in the community. The list of supporters slowly grew as he presented to more community members and community groups and met more people. As the idea started to become reality more fundraising was implemented and the preparations for the construction of the garden took shape. During two weekends in May and June of 2014 the garden was built with the support of over 100 local volunteers. In the first calendar year, over 1,500 pounds of fresh vegetables were grown and gathered and donated to local food pantries. As of 11/07/20 - the organization has donated nearly 90,000 pounds of fresh produce - both grown and gathered! We graciously thank the Pleasantville Board of Trustees, the people of Pleasantville, St. John's Church, our volunteers and everyone who has supported our cause - we could not have done it without you.
To Our Initial Supporters:
The garden project would not have been possible if not for our early supporters - members of the Pleasantville Community and especially St John's Church. The church's rector - Mother Mary Gregorius and the governing Vestry members allowed us to use the land and utilities at the church and were the primary initial support structure for getting the project underway. Their support allowed the project to move along quickly so that we were able to start growing and providing food quickly to those in need. We also relied upon the help of others in the community with specialized knowledge - who were willing to help us rationalize the project and get it moving in the right direction.
Watch this video to learn more about hunger in the world and our county.
This slideshow illustates the construction of the Pleasantville Community Garden.
Thanks to everyone who has supported our project.