Founded in 1994, 6/15 Green is an incorporated organization with over a hundred members.
Some History about the Property!
In 1988, concerned citizens began a cleanup campaign on an abandoned lot that had become a serious health hazard. An abandoned trailer on the lot had become a haven for drug use. By dragging the trailer into the streets, we gained the attention of the Sanitation Department who eventually removed the source of the drug problem.
Over the next five years, we waged a war against illegal dumping and deteriorating conditions. Construction refuse, kitchen waste, furniture, automotive oil and an abandoned car were dumped at the site. Sidewalks were cracked and dangerous. Holes in the existing fence allowed vagrants to wander inside. Thanks to the efforts of neighbors, local politicians, and the Sanitation Department, bulldozers and dump trucks were brought in to remove the waste and add clean top soil.
Today that abandoned lot has been transformed from an eyesore and public nuisance to an urban oasis and source of local civic pride. From five pioneering gardeners, the 6th Ave. & 15th Street Community Garden was created in 1994. Renamed 6/15 Green in 2001, the garden has grown to become an incorporated organization with over a hundred members, composters and supporters with programs that reflect the diversity of our members as well as the needs of the community. 6/15 Green helped to create the Brooklyn Alliance of Neighborhood Gardens (BANG) Land Trust which now holds the deed to this property and 4 other gardens in Brooklyn as a collective.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Grants and rewards include:
ROSAS – Recognition for Excellence in the South Slope Award; BEAUTIFY BROOKLYN CAMPAIGN – Borough President’s Office; GREENEST BLOCK IN BROOKLYN Recognition Award; ROSAS – Grant for Children’s Workshop; BROOKLYN HARVEST FAIR – Brooklyn Botanic Garden; DRESS UP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD – Mollie Parnis Award; PARK SLOPE CIVIC COUNCIL – Grant for Children’s Workshop; THE GAP – Children’s Workshop Donation; NOSM – Grant for Children’s Workshop and Compost Workshops; GREENTHUMB – Grant for Children’s Workshop, Compost Workshops, Solar Workshops, and Artists in the Garden (now called Open Space Gallery); THE BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL – Grant for the Open Space Gallery; INFORM, Inc. – Contract for Waste Free NYC program as sponsored by the New York City Council and the Department of Sanitation of New York City – education on composting, compost memberships for community gardens, and stuff exchange education at the Block Association level; PARK SLOPE CIVIC COUNCIL – Grant for the Alternative Energy Site and creation of BANG Land Trust; CON EDISON, THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE- Grant for renovating the front of garden and trash area and Discretionary Funds from COUNCIL MEMBER STEVEN LEVIN’s Office for the creation of BANG Land Trust.