What exactly does Albany City Farms do?
Albany City Farms purchases abandoned city lots and turns them into free neighborhood vegetable and flower gardens. Unlike typical "community gardens" where each individual manages their own small section, Albany City Farms will develop single-plot gardens so neighbors work on the entire garden together.
Who can take the food or flowers and who does the work?
Any neighborhood resident is welcome to participate in the gardens' planting, weeding, watering and harvest. Although we encourage residents to participate, there are no requirements and no strings attached to enjoy the food and flowers grown in our gardens. The only exception being when someone receives one of our "micro-gardens" in which case they are responsible for weeding and watering their own micro-garden.
What is a "micro-garden"?
One of the unique services Albany City Farms offers is for individual residents to receive and maintain a small planter box or full-sized raised bed to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Depending on the space and sunlight in their yard, front walk or side lot, Albany City Farms will purchase all materials, build and fill the planter boxes or raised beds with soil and plant veggies or flowers. The receiving resident is only required to water and weed the plantings in order to qualify for garden replenishment the following year.
Who gets to decide what is planted in the gardens?
Although we are somewhat limited to what is donated to us at times as well as growing requirements and costs, any neighbor that wants to participate can help decide what's planted. We have limited space and want maximum production but Albany City Farms wants to grow what the neighborhood wants to eat!
Who pays for the land, the materials and supplies?
100% of all costs to build, operate and maintain the gardens are paid for by Albany City Farms and its donors.
How many gardens are there?
We currently maintain one garden at 94 Clinton Street in Albany's South End. We are in the process of developing several "micro-gardens" in the neighborhood and expect to create up to ten per year. If ambition has no limits, our goals include having three full sized gardens and dozens of micro-gardens within five years..
How and what can I donate and is it tax deductible?
Albany City Farms appreciates all donations of cash, checks, in-kind products or services and since we're a registered non profit organization, you'll get an official receipt documenting your donation or gift. In addition to basics such as soil, seeds and fencing, we need printing services, accounting expertise and many other products and services. Please see our Donation Page for a list of what we need.