Two Coves Community Garden grew out of a Goodwill Industries project to develop a vacant 25,000 sq ft city property on Astoria Blvd and 8th Street in Astoria, Queens, NY. In 1998, Goodwill began work with the NYC Parks Department to clean the site. Parks provided a quarter of a million dollars for the project, bringing in soil, fencing, paved paths, and basic plants. By 2006, however, neither Goodwill, nor the city had resources for further development or regular maintenance of the site.
In late 2006, Goodwill volunteers began an independent grassroots organization and started a garden on the site. They received a license and supply donations from the city gardening office GreenThumb, and promotional assistance from Partnership for Parks, officially dubbing the site Two Coves Community Garden. Some small but fruitful vegetable gardens and flower beds started, and an effort was made to recruit build partnership.
In 2007, word began to spread of the Community Garden in Astoria, a neighborhood with a severe shortage of public green space and community gardens. With continued partnership efforts and outreach to local groups, membership in the garden skyrocketed from 5 to over 60 members by late 2008. Today we have over 200 members as well as a community plot tended to by members and non-members alike.
Two Coves Community Garden has collaborated with numerous organizations including Steinway Family Services, Phoenix House, Astoria Stay at Home Moms, House of Prayer and Deliverance, Queens Public Library, Just Food, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Build It Green, Partnership for Parks, Variety Boys and Girls Club, Queens Community House, Generation Q and Long Island City Alliance among others.