I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but we should all realize the high cost of starting a garden from scratch. Hopefully we will raise a bucketful of cash for JB, but I think it's good to keep things in perspective -- if for no other reason than so we don't get ahead of ourselves and end up with disappointment on our end.
Community Garden spaces were under seige from the City / Developers a few years back and it was largely the efforts of Bette & NYRP that kept many of these lots from being taken away and developed. NYRP knows how to make things happen -- and they know how to raise big bucks -- so our partnership with NYRP is really important.
We can discuss this in more depth at the preliminary meeting on Monday.
You might want to look HERE to see some of the costs that NYRP lists -- including "Naming Rights" for a Community Garden @ $250,000.00!!
One of the first things that NYRP does when they renovate a garden space is to get water supply put in -- a project which can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars (tying into the City the water system, metering, plumbing within the garden, etc.).
Again I'm just doing the "reality check" thing -- and do NOT want to dissuade anyone from working to create something that will honor JB in the best way.