Gateway Garden is a joyful place where people of different ages, ethnicities and races share the joy and work of raising vegetables as nature intended: without poisons or synthetic fertilizers. It is the result of a shared vision of a community empowered to take control of its health by growing much-needed fresh food.
It was early July in the hot summer of 2010 when dozens of volunteers completed the first phase of the Garden. Today, the garden is one of the largest on Long Island, with 115 garden beds for children, adults and people with physical limitations. Each year, tons of organic vegetables grow here in neat rows of boxes, graced by gorgeous murals and plantings of flowers. The garden has won two Beautification Awards from Huntington Town.
The garden has also created a dozen part-time jobs; provided an opportunity for recreation, exercise, and social contact; helped the community fight diet-related diseases like diabetes; reduced family food costs; and been a teaching laboratory for hundreds of local children.
Come for a visit! The garden is open to the public every day, from sunrise to sunset. (Please note: the vegetables belong to the gardener assigned to each box. No picking, please!)
Gateway Community Garden is a member of the Long Island Community Garden Association. http://www.