The new Brooklyn Community Garden has been granted a “Corona Cares Award”, which provides new garden tools to community groups. Garden Coordinator Lee Kamrass, who applied for the grant, presented the implements to volunteers to use during a Garden Clean-Up Day held October 14th. Kamrass also revealed that a property owner across the street, Terry Brooks, had also donated a number of garden plants and structures to enhance the garden.

The Corona Tool Co., formed in California in the 1920's, awarded the Garden new wheelbarrows, a pulaski, digging forks, hoes of all kinds, rakes, shovels, spades, loppers, and a variety of hand tools.

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Garden volunteer Chris Bergsten wields a Corona pulaski tool to eradicate locust suckers.A neighbor of the Garden, Terry Brooks, donated two large wooden pergolas, four sections of wooden fence with a gate, two kiwi bushes, three columnar apple trees, and rhubarb and strawberry plants. Terry will have a metal plaque made for one of the pergolas to read, “In Memory of Ken Brooks”, Terry’s brother.

Rain held off during the work session, while volunteers chopped down persistent locust suckers and blackberries, dug out weeds and thistles, and moved a pile of compost to the top of the slope.

Some trellises are in place to afford support for the kiwi vines, both male and female. Many garden plots have been outlined with scrap concrete from the site, and planted with hardy winter crops. Some gardeners are already harvesting leafy kale that thrives there at this time of year.

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