We have done collaborative projects with other community spaces, greenhouse build with the 45th Street Composters; theater show with the Motor Company, Sunnyside Community Garden, and Moore Jackson Community Garden; neighborhood clean up with the Woodside Neighborhood association and QSWAB (queens solid waste advisory board); build a device to demonstrate how we improved the soil at Rusty and increased soil water absorption, showing our results in public events (Sunnyside community Garden, QBG, and Prospect Park) and at Adelphi University; and composting workshops with Woodside Sunnyside Composting. And finally, worked with Flowering Queens to grow plants native to the area to attract pollinators and produce seeds.
The funding from citizen committee in 2021 allowed us to get started at the current home of Rusty, purchasing tools, seeds, lumber, as well as renting a truck to transport clean soil from the stockpile organized by the office of environmental remediation office of NYC, surplus compost produced by Woodside Sunnyside Composting and 45th Street Composters, and mulch from the Queens Botanical Garden. We also built 5 composting bins, are finishing to build a rainwater recovery system (4 out of 5 barrels have provided water though late summer and fall), and a couple of seedling stations in the church basement to extend the season.
We also fundraised successfully to extend the citizen committee funding allowing us to finish building 5 “mini- greenhouses” which allowed us to extend the growing season though the winter.