Photo Courtesy of Acting Borough President Lee’s Office
“Seeds symbolize potential, growth and renewal. On this road to recovery and rebuild, this is just one of the cross-borough partnerships intended to help flip the script on 2020 and sow a brighter future for Queens, one sprouting seedling at a time,” Acting Borough President Lee (back row, c.) said.
By Forum Staff
Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and the Queens Botanical Garden on Thursday announced the launch of the “Queens Summer Seeds 2020” program, a cross-borough initiative to promote wellness and provide a healthy, stress-releasing activity for borough youth and adults alike through gardening.
Funded by Lee’s office and secured by the Botanical Garden, “Summer Seeds” features a total of 2,020 seed planter sets—symbolizing rebirth and recovery following the unprecedented challenges our borough has faced thus far in 2020, while providing Queens residents with an activity to enjoy in a summer where options for leisure are limited—that will be distributed to Queens community boards, as well as community-based organizations and New York City Housing Authority communities with either active community gardens or similar wellness initiatives throughout The World’s Borough.
According to Lee and the QBG, each planter set includes two pre-potted seeds that can be grown either in the provided pot or transferred to an outdoor garden. Approximately half of the 2,020 sets feature a mix of common herbs—basil, parsley, thyme or chives—while the remaining sets feature a floral mix of impatiens and poppy seeds. The seedlings should sprout from the soil in approximately three weeks, bringing with them a sense of optimism and endurance ahead of an unprecedented school year and fall season.
Each participating organization will also receive personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer along with the seed planter sets, Lee noted.
Organizations receiving the sets, to be used in existing programming or distributed amongst Queens residents, include:
- 100 Suits for 100 Men in Jamaica
- BlaQue Resource Network serving Southeast Queens
- Brigada de Esperanza NY in Jackson Heights
- F.A.I.T.H. Fathers Alive in the Hood in Jamaica
- Friends of Hunters Point Library in Long Island City
- Hour Children in Long Island City
- I.S. 61 school community in Corona
- Jackson Heights Beautification Group
- LIFE Camp, Inc. in Jamaica
- NYCHA Beach 41st Street Houses in Far Rockaway
- NYCHA Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway
- NYCHA Pomonok Houses in Flushing
- NYCHA South Jamaica Houses in South Jamaica
- NYCHA Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City
- NYCHA Woodside Houses in Woodside
- Queens Community House in Forest Hills
- Rockaway Youth Task Force in Far Rockaway
- Transitional Services for New York, Inc. in Queens Village
Lee also noted that Queens residents may also request a planter by contacting their local community board. Contact information for all 14 Queens CBs can be found at queensbp.org/community-boards.
“The year 2020 has brought with it substantial challenges to the wellness of Queens families,” Lee added. “Seeds symbolize potential, growth and renewal. On this road to recovery and rebuild, this is just one of the cross-borough partnerships intended to help flip the script on 2020 and sow a brighter future for Queens, one sprouting seedling at a time.”