Main details about this community garden
- Garden Name
- El Sol Brillante
- Garden Address
- 522-528 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
- Cross Streets
- Between Ave A & Ave B
- Garden by Street
- 12th Street
- Garden Type
- Private Garden (PRI) - Land Trust
- Garden Established
Garden contact info.: email, website, social media, etc.
- Garden Email
- info AT elsolbrillante.org
- Garden Email List(s)
- Group email (sending-replying by list members allowed)
Garden Contact Person
The main contact person for this garden
Backup Garden Contact Person
OPTIONAL - The backup contact person for this garden
Additional Garden Details
OPTIONAL. However, information that could be important (details below can be added/edited later via a private link provided after submission of this form).
- Garden Mission
- The mission of El Sol Brillante is to nurture an inclusive garden in New York’s East Village by offering community and educational programs, tenancy of garden plots, and communal gardening. We promote nature and ecology amidst the city pavement.
- Garden Description
- Open Hours Season
- Open Hours
Whenever a garden member is there and the gate is unlocked.
- Membership Information
- $30 annual dues.
- Show up to at least three meetings per gardening season.
- Volunteer 20 hours each gardening season.
For details, visit El Sol Brillante’s Membership page.
- Garden Plots
- Yes, Short Waiting List
- Garden Size
- 10,324 sq ft
- Garden Features
Wrought-iron fence, artwork by Julie Dermansky 1993.
Large round stone fire pit.
Mural on the back wall.
Bokashi composting system with Down to Earth Garden.
Large open shed with pull-down projector screen and rollout awning.
Rain barrels next to the shed.
- Gardening Area
Twenty-nine garden plots assigned to members.
Common areas are almost all of the perimeter and a small section in the middle of the garden.
- Yes, Public drop-off, Limited hours
- Composting Details
Public food scraps drop-off only when the garden is open. This garden does the bokashi method, therefore, drop-off food scraps into their white or yellow 20-gallon containers with a red lid.
The composting system is combined with that of Down to Earth Garden’s. For details, visit Down to Earth Garden’s Composting page.
- Regular Garden Activities
Bokashi composting, watering, mulching of plant clippings and branches, tree pruning, etc.
Events include Story Time July by the Tompkins Square Library, Poetry in the Garden, Jazz in the Garden, etc.
- Garden Trees
Poplar, peach tree, almond tree, apple tree, junipers, Japanese maple, 3 fig trees, magnolia tree, 2 cherry trees, … .
Large overhanging tree, Sophora japonicum (rel. Styphnolobium japonicum), from Sauer Park to the east of the garden, creates a considerable amount of shade during the summer over the eastern part of the garden.
- Garden History on Website
- Garden Bylaws on Website
- Garden Rules on Website
- Posted in garden shed
- Garden Guidelines on Website
- Posted in garden shed
- Active During Winter Season
Bokashi composting, soil prep (incl. bokashi trenching), leaf spreading as ground cover, post-harvest activities (cutting down dead plants, hand-mulching them or to be used with bokashi composting), rat patrolling, tree pruning, … .
- Sunlight Profile
None currently available.
- Neighbors and Relations
Twice each year, the garden does a fundraiser involving the neighborhood, local small businesses (their contributions of food, drinks, and other materials), and musicians for the benefit of the garden as a public open green space.