Military Landfill to Organic Squash: Change Happens

Abby Zimet

Leslie Koch, president of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation

A three-acre organic farm has taken root on Governor's Island in New York Harbor, home to military installations since 1794 and the Coast Guard until ten years ago. A collaboration between a preservation non-profit and a green non-profit that teaches teenagers about sustainable food on urban farms, the project has proceeded despite budget cuts. Tomatoes due in July.

“It’s pretty trippy to see plants growing and the Statue of Liberty,” said Leslie Koch of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., who brought four tomato plants to put in; three survived the trip.



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