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Richmond Hill residents are launching a new community garden called “Love, Life and Liberty” which is centered around cancer wellness. The 2,075-square-foot parcel, at the corner of 107th Avenue and 124th Street, is city owned and has been vacant for 25 years. Residents are taking over the space with plans to grow anti-cancer herbs, flowers and plants. They also hope to cultivate conversations about cancer wellness, and are designing a community mural with an female artist who has lost her father to cancer.

The group is currently working with GreenThumb and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services with a goal to launch with a fundraising garden party on March 8th, 2014. If you are interested in helping get this community space off the ground, sign up here.

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It’s easier than ever for Queens residents to green their routines, thanks to the increasing number of compost initiatives around the borough. Several libraries, Greenmarkets, community gardens, and other organizations have become drop-off sites for your kitchen scraps, so that your food waste doesn’t have to go into the landfill.

If you’re ready to go green in 2013, here are the many locations you can bring food/plant scraps to be composted. Most of these drop-off sites are open year round, and more locations will be added soon.

Long Island City

LIC Community Garden – 49th Avenue, between Vernon Blvd and 5th Street (GMAP)
Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm

Long Island City CSA, Hour Children – 36-49 11th Street (GMAP)
January 19 and February 2, 10:00am-2:00pm