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To improve the community's quality of life through programs that empower residents to transform neighborhoods and to create a clean and healthy environment.
Grow Amsterdam NY Inc., a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, was formed for the beautification and betterment of Amsterdam NY and its environs.
The mission of Grow Amsterdam NY is to conserve, create, and empower community managed greenspace through outreach programs and environmental education.
Grow Amsterdam NY was inspired by the creation of the community garden at 78 Wall Street. The community garden sparked a vision of seeing greenspaces throughout the city and beyond. We decided we were committed to creating green spaces within the city and realized we need to form a 501(c)(3) organization not-for-profit to do things right.
At first, coming up with a name was difficult. They were too long, cumbersome and limited. We wanted a name that was simple and limitless. Bernadette was inspired by GROWNYC an organization from her hometown in Brooklyn, NY. They sponsor community gardens through-out the 5 boroughs and environmental education programs to educate all city resident and so much more. They are doing great things in NYC.
Grow Amsterdam NY was incorporated during the Spring of 2016.
Grow Amsterdam NY partners with the Amsterdam Free Library to provide workshops of interest to the Amsterdam community. We've had great turnout for workshops on composting, recycling, and alternative cleaning products.
Grow Amsterdam NY and Friends of the Amsterdam Free Library share table space at local events to promote each others program and work.
The Schoharie River Center Environmental Study Team worked with Grow Amsterdam NY on the Amsterdam Free Library waste audit. After a short training the Environmental Studies Team members with friends of the library "dug in" and sorted the library's trash. Grow Amsterdam NY led a tour to County Waste's Albany Single Stream Material Recovery Facility (SMRF) where everyone learned first hand about what happened to stuff you tossed in the recycling bin.
August 28, 2018
AMSTERDAM, NY – A couple who moved up from Brooklyn has built a community garden on a vacant lot and now have material to build more planter boxes as the need arises.
Right now it boasts tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and basil, plus milkweed to attract butterflies. The organization is Grow Amsterdam NY.
"We actually have two people on a waiting list for a box which is exciting,” said Bernadette Twente, Pres. of Grow Amsterdam NY. “So it's just to keep building boxes so that we can fill up the garden and we would consider this the pilot program. This is our first one but there's definitely more down the line."
They will plant garlic at the corner of Wall & Greene Streets in October and pick it next summer.
August 10, 2018
A vacant lot in Amsterdam has transformed over the last few years into a community space for growing plants and friendships.
Bernadette Twente, who purchased the vacant lot at 78 Wall St, meet with me on Wednesday afternoon checked the progress of vegetables, fruit and herbs growing at the community garden she and her husband, Tom, established. She purchased the property from the city and has worked to attract neighbors to become involved in the plot. The property is leased to the organization the couple founded, Grow Amsterdam NY, with donations helping build out the garden.
Board of Directors
Bernadette's enthusiasm for the community is the spark for Grow Amsterdam NY. Where others see overgrown vacant lots, Bernadette sees vibrant community spaces where neighbors gather to grow food and build community. Her vision combines her passion for gardening, composting, and recycling. Bernadette's professional experience in property management and real estate sales brings knowledge about land acquisition and management to Grow Amsterdam NY. Her other interests include finding new uses for old things, baking bread, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Jessica’s excitement for Grow Amsterdam NY comes from her enthusiasm to foster and participate in a community that is committed to sustainable living, community education, and respect for our planet and those who inhabit it. Jessica can’t keep even the sturdiest of houseplants alive but she has a passion for composting that began in 2002 when she started sharing her apartment with thousands of roommates, a bin of red wriggler worms that thrives to this day. Jessica brings her advocacy and teaching skills to the work of Grow Amsterdam NY from her day jobs as a lawyer and college professor.
Tom brings his extensive experience with community designed open space, gardening and organizational governance to the creation of Grow Amsterdam NY. Tom's interests include promoting local sustainable family farms, securing green space for urban communities and teaching people about gardening, compost, and the environment.