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Roger That is located on the northeast corner of Rogers Avenue and Park Place, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.View Larger Map
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- Threatened Community Garden Could Become Park Through Eminent Domain, DNAinfo, January 26, 2016
- Community Gardens Imperiled by New York’s Affordable Housing Plans, New York Times, January 23, 2016
- Judge Throws Out Rogers Avenue Community Garden Eviction Case, DNAinfo, November 18, 2015
- 3 Beloved Brooklyn Community Gardens Win Important Victories, Gothamist, November 18, 2015
- Developer Claims It Bought Crown Heights Community Garden Property For $10, Gothamist, June 11, 2015
- Residents fight to save garden in Crown Heights, News12 Brooklyn, May 5, 2015
- 4-Story Building Could Replace Crown Heights Community Garden, DNAinfo, May 1, 2015
- Developer demands $1M from Crown Heights garden volunteers, New York Post, August 17, 2014
- Crown Heights Community Garden at Risk for Demolition to Make Way for Condos, Patch, July 15, 2014
- Crown Heights Community Garden Boarded Up as Members Protest, DNAinfo, June 27, 2014
- Say goodbye to Roger That Community Garden, Brokelyn, June 26, 2014
- Plans to build in garden sow fear, Crain’s New York Business, June 16, 2014
- Volunteers Try to Save Crown Heights Garden From Demolition, Brownstoner, January 22, 2014
- Volunteers Fight to Save Crown Heights Community Garden, DNAinfo, January 21, 2014
- Help save a Crown Heights community garden from demolition this weekend, Brokelyn, January 17, 2014
- Green thumbs up: How one Crown Heights community garden project got off the ground, Brokelyn, July 1, 2013.
- Do-Gooder Gardens Crop Up in Central Brooklyn, DNAinfo, May 9, 2012.
Roger That Community Garden beautifies the block, produces healthy food, gives children a place to go after school, clears trash, keeps rodents away, stewards newly planted trees, and helps once anonymous individuals become engaged community members.
The Garden grew out of an effort led by the Crown Heights Youth Collective to tear down an abandoned, dilapidated building formerly on the site. The corner building was pulling down the neighboring Youth Collective's brownstone, while creating a public safety hazard. After years of petitioning the City for help, the derelict structure came down. Immediately afterwards, in 2006, a vibrant mural to commemorate the event went up, creating a visible symbol of community willpower over urban decay. Seeing an opportunity to help, the Roger That team gave the garden a kick-start and a name in 2011.
There are no individualized plots at Roger That. Everything is gardened communally, in order to create more a equitable and accessible experience with nature and neighbors. By growing communally, we operate without the waiting lists and territorial disputes that plague many community gardens. We've never turned away anyone who wants to interact with nature, be outdoors, and do something positive for their neighborhood.
In the past, we have received donations of funding, material, and logistical support from: a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, a 2013 Citizen's Committee for New York City grant, Built It Green, Crown Heights Farmshare, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the NYC Department of Sanitation, the NYC Parks Department, GreenBelt Native Plant Center, New York Cares, GrowNYC, 596 Acres, Shoestring Press, and numerous neighbors and other caring individuals.
Thanks for your interest in the Roger That Garden Project.
See you in the garden!