In the late 1990’s, community leaders and gardening enthusiasts transformed the three adjoining lots into a vibrant and dynamic public garden.
In the fall of 1997 a semi-abandoned community garden existed on the three vacant lots. It was reorganized and the rampant mugwort, Japanese knotweed and dumped trash, including car parts and sofas, was cleared out. Cleaning continued into spring of 1998 and planning for the future of the garden began.
On Memorial Day weekend 1998 the raised beds were built in the layout that we see today, marking the Prospect Heights Community Farm’s very first gardening season.
In the early 2000’s, the three lots were deeded to the Trust for Public Land. In 2011, members voted to transfer the deed to the Brooklyn Alliance of Neighborhood Gardens (BANG) which happened in 2013 . In 2013, PHCF celebrated its 15 year anniversary.
See the gallery below for some of the hard work and events that have taken place over the past 15 years.