Fort Greene

Ingersoll Garden of Eden

Coming from a burden to provide fresh food and more green space for the community, the Ingersoll Garden of Eden has grown into a beautiful place of belonging for the residents of the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene.

In 2009, a group of six women of color from the residence, with the support of MARP [Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project], approached NYCHA about fixing up an underused part of the development. 

With few green thumbs among them but with a lot of hard work, and a strong desire to serve and involve other residents, the space has been transformed into a vibrant community garden producing flowers and vegetables harvested by the residents for the residents.

The garden and the gardeners display the beautiful diversity of the community as African-American, Bangladeshi and Chinese residents young and old work together to plant and harvest a wide array of produce representing each of their cultures.

Growing in interest every year, there is now a waitlist for garden plots. The desire of the founders is to see the next generation expand and build upon their labors in the midst of a changing neighborhood with an influx of newcomers. In September 2018 the garden was recognized by borough president Eric Adams for its service and inspiration to the community 

Portrait by

Darren Parham

Darren Parham is a local photographer who loves to meet people in the community making a positive effort.

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