It’s hard to believe that three years have passed since the Brooklyn Urban Gardener program was created with funding from BBG’s Campaign for the Next Century. In that time, 45 participants have completed the comprehensive training that has prepared them to be leaders in the field of community horticulture. This year, the BUG participants got their hands dirty across a wide range of community greening projects, including improving streetscaping and merchant engagement on Newkirk Avenue, nurturing a school garden and adopting street trees at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights, and repairing and upgrading the TLC Community Garden in East New York.
Taught over the course of ten weeks by BBG educators, these BUG graduates learned the fundamentals of urban gardening and community greening, as well as how to interact with communities and engage stakeholders around environmentally focused projects. Through this experience, the certified BUG graduates also gained skills in collaboration, team building, planning, documentation, and conflict resolution. These committed Brooklynites are ready to continue their good work in the Borough’s streets, gardens, schools, senior centers, block associations, and more.