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The Garden Bounty

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The role of New Life Community Development Corporation in kicking off the gardening idea in Elmhurst illustrates the growing role of religious groups in initiating civic and political action in New York City.

The Garden String Beans

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A community garden near New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst, Queens sparked a community renaissance despite being closed by a developer.

The Garden Radish

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In 2013 a faith-based group kicked off the idea of building a garden in the elbow bend of a short street just off Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst. The garden was closed this year by developers, but it continues to inspire art and neighborly relations.

Updated! Are faith-based community gardeners a sign of changes in NYC politics?

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Update: This Summer of 2015, the garden is closed because the landowner decided to sale to a developer, and the city was unwilling to come up with the money. We will run several art pieces this month that were inspired by the garden.

Sukkah City, NY

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Camping out on the way to the Holy Land.

Come join A Journey! @ Imani Garden, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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Imani means “Faith.” Garden founded by Our Lady of Charity RC Church. Chickens maintained by bkfarmyards.com. Garden is run by NY Restoration Project.

Central Park: the largest religious art work in New York City, Part 2. Series: God in NYC gardens

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In 1858 Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux started their design of Central Park. Olmsted was particularly taken by theologian Horace Bushnell.

Central Park: the largest religious art work in the city, Part 1. Series: God in NYC Gardens

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Central Park is “a specimen of God’s handiwork” that its designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) said would heal “the hundreds of thousands of tired workers” of their “vital exhaustion,” “nervous irritation” and “constitutional depressions.”

Gardens of Vishnu & Shiva. Series: God in NYC gardens

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Sahadeo’s Hindu gardening is an example how growing a garden in New York City can be a catalyst for a sense of purpose in life. The gardens create an meaningful order for life in America and a vivid remembrance of home country traditions and beliefs.

Back to the Garden. A national movement to “bear good fruit in every good deed.” Series: God in NYC Gardens

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“Back to the garden” is a new way of doing faith that adds a missional tweak to traditional gardening. Across the nation, congregations and ministries are planting sweet corn around their sites, mobilizing gardening networks for the needy, and rediscovering the value of low-tech, high-touch community.

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