Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) has partnered with two organizations to create a new paver pathway that will make the one-acre farm more accessible to those with ambulatory difficulties, expanding access to learning and participatory opportunities for more individuals with disabilities.
Approximately 50 volunteers from the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation and the Toro Company Foundation lent their time, equipment and expertise to create a 82-by-15-foot paver at the QBG farm and plant along the perimeter of the farm on Nov. 1 and 2.
Both organizations also presented a donation of $20,000 to assist with QBG’s project costs and long-term maintenance of the farm, which grows and donates organic produce to local community food pantries to aid in food insecurity.
“This project will allow the farm to expand its service to the community by showcasing all parts of it to people of all abilities by making it more wheelchair accessible,” said Karen Guzman, QBG farm manager, who thanked the organizations for their support. “Now we will have more space to host educational workshops and events that allow people of all ages and abilities to see how their food grows, as well as provide healthy, locally grown food to those most in need in our community.”
Marcy Wright, executive director of the ARA Foundation, said, “this work together will make the space more functional and accessible for all to enjoy.”
“We look forward to seeing the space flourish for years to come as it continues to alleviate local food insecurity in New York City,” Wright said.
The ARA Foundation is the recognized leader for philanthropic support in the equipment and event rental industry. The foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for the equipment and event rental industry and the communities that they serve.
The Toro Company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance; snow and ice management; underground utility construction; rental and specialty construction; and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions.
In 2021, the Community Impact Project was launched with the intent of engaging the ARA Foundation and The Toro Company Foundation in conducting community enhancement events in each of the 10 ARA regions.
The Community Impact Project involves both foundations working with local nonprofit organizations to give back to communities across the country through various rental-related projects. The projects are designed with opportunities for everyone, all abilities are welcome. Together, they work to leverage local talent and resources, supporting the rental industry while helping a local community.