Steering Committee Elections Completed

The final garden group election was held on Saturday, January 6th, 2016.

The Mundo Verde Group elected Herman Hewitt as their member of the Steering Committee. Herman is a member of All People’s Garden, serves on the board of the Manhattan Land Trust Garden, and is a member of Community Board 3. Rev. Laura Cotrich of Peachtree Garden was elected the alternate for Mundo Verde.

The Mundo Verde Group is comprised of the eight gardens on 2nd and 3rd Sts. Herman and Rev. Laura join the other members of the Steering Committee team.

The Great North Group elected Sarah Zaborowski of Campos Garden as their Steering Committee member and Shig Matsukawa, of the Children’s Garden and El Sol Brillante, as their alternate. The Great North Group is made up of twelve gardens on 11th, 12th and 13th Sts.

The El Pueblo Group, which consists of the eight gardens on 7th, 8th and 9th Sts, has elected Shawn Dahl of DeColores Garden to the Steering Committee and Ross Martin of La Plaza as alternate.

The Middle Earth Group which represents the nine gardens on 4th, 5th and 6th Sts has elected Carmine D’Intino of 6B Garden as their Steering Committee member and Ayo Harrington of Orchard Alley as their alternative..

The Southland Group consists of ten gardens below Houston St and west of First Avenue. They elected Kristin Ellington of the Dorothy Strelsin Suffolk St Garden as their Steering Committee member and Wendy Brawer of Siempre Verde as their alternate.

We are very lucky to have ten such dedicated people from ten different gardens who have stepped forward to work for the good of the community. They should be congratulated for their public spirit and we look forward to working with them.

The success of Gardens Rising depends upon the cooperation and motivation of our community. We have a special place here and this is a special time, let’s make the most of this opportunity and move forward with renewed vigor and purpose. Support your Steering Committee team, they will need the help of each and every garden.

If your garden or group needs a meeting space, one is available at 428 E.10th St between Aves C & D. Contact us for more information at

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