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‘Brown gold’

The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10.

At that time, the garden will also unveil a new composting toilet, adding to the significant “green” activities already underway at the Clinton Hill oasis, 460 Washington Avenue.

Standing on the sight of the old Hollenback Family Mansion, the Hollenback Community Garden has been a green oasis in the city for more than 25 years.

Currently, 40 active garden members work the land, growing vegetables, recycling tons of community food and garden waste into compost, harvesting rain-water from the rooftop next door, working with PS 11 students to teach them about growing food, and being an active part of the Clinton Hill and urban gardening communities.

Last year, the garden installed a composting toilet, the first of its kind in a community garden in Brooklyn. Won via eBay auction from the Battery Park Conservancy, it took an almost insurmountable effort by garden volunteers to then get it delivered, installed, and ready to turn the community’s collective poop into brown gold.

This year, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) is taking delegates around the state to visit urban gardens, farms, and other green spaces being used to sustain and build local community.

To mark the occasion, and to share their experience as an urban garden with some of their international friends, Hollenback is hosting one part of a larger tour sponsored by WHY (World Hunger Year) for the attendees of the conference held by the UN CSD.

Sixty international visitors will be touring the garden from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to see their space and talk about their efforts to be, not only a good neighbor, but to actively improve the community in which they live.

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