One of the most incredible places in our neighborhood is the M’Finda Kalunga Garden, right around the corner from our building in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The garden was founded almost thirty years ago when head gardener and all-around Lower East Side hero Bob Humber and community members went up against tough odds to carve out a safe place for local kids to play. This week, Bob graciously gave us a tour and introduced us to some of our newest neighbors…Flufferbutt, Vanilla, and Sadie.
The garden has been home to chickens and roosters for the past three years, when a pair of roosters was anonymously “donated” to the garden in the middle of the night. Today, an official chicken committee cares for three beautiful hens who began their lives on a Tribeca rooftop as pets to twelve-year-old Julian Rubinfien. When Julian was forced to find a new home for his chickens, the garden stepped in to adopt his feathered friends (read their story here).
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello to Bob—he’s in the garden almost every day! If you’d like to get involved and lend a hand, the gardeners meet the second Sunday of every month (read more on their website). Thank you to Bob for your dedication, generous spirit, and all you do for our community!