The land the garden is on is owned by Los Sures. Southside United HDFC, better known as Los Sures, is a community-based non-profit organization which has served as an integral part in rebuilding the south side of Williamsburg for thirty-six years. Los Sures has undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings in the area, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably and creating an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood. They also offer the community a multitude of much-needed social services programs, including a senior center and a food pantry. We at SCG are very grateful to them for allowing us to develop these lots into such a lovely communal green space.
The office of Council Member Diana Reyna is an invaluable partner and essential liaison of the Southside Community Garden.
SARA: Chief Coordinator/Membership Coordinator
Sara will ensure smooth operations of all aspects of the garden. She oversees the other 6 coordinators and helps, as needed, with logistics, advice, brainstorming, etc. She acts as chief representative of garden while in communication and/or collaboration with other organizations. She will work to develop strong relationships with community garden/urban farm related organizations and work to broaden the scope of the garden’s impact of the Southside Williamsburg community. As Membership Coordinator, She shall be responsible for compiling membership registration forms, overseeing and assigning individual plots and garden keys, and overseeing/enforcing commitment to open hours.
MACHO: Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Macho will invite residents of the neighborhood, including Spanish-speakers, to be a part of the garden and to attend events.
KRISTEN: Communications Coordinator
Kristen is responsible for internal communications to garden members as well as publicity efforts on behalf of the garden. Responsibilities include emailing members with weekly updates, keeping minutes for all board and member meetings, updating twitter, facebook, and the website, distributing flyers for events, and generally keeping the garden community well-informed. She will work with other coordinators to ensure that their needs and information are relayed to the garden community and to each other.
BRIAN & JESSICA: Grounds Coordinators
Brian and Jessica will oversee the general maintenance and upkeep of the garden grounds, structures, and tools, as well as oversee garden access, use, and common area design ideas. They will also post relevant info on the garden shed, communicate specific needs that require attention, and direct various work efforts during open hours. They also manage and oversee the garden compost site, making sure proper scraps are being dropped off and members are providing proper care for the bins. Additionally, they will coordinate workshops on how to compost.
MATT: Financial Coordinator
Matt will be responsible for all distributions and collections for the garden, maintain accurate records of financial matters, and serve as the liaison between the coordinators and Los Sures’ financial secretary. He will be responsible for collecting receipts and submitting them to Los Sures for reimbursement as well as ensuring the petty-cash fund is always replenished. He/ will work with project coordinators to determine the financial details of their projects. He will work with Chief Coordinator, Outreach & Community Coordinators, and Events Coordinator on Garden Fundraising, including fundraising events, local fundraising, and looking for grant money.
TANYA: Events Coordinator
Tanya will be responsible for organizing all garden events, such as potlucks, workshops, games, etc.