What to Know
- The city closed the garden May 31 after pot had been found growing there on two occasions
- The garden's founder said the illicit plants were the work of a rogue gardener who's no longer there
- A group of neighborhood residents will now run the garden, according to an agreement reached with the Parks Department
A Brooklyn community garden will soon be reopened minus one of its crops — marijuana.
An agreement brokered with the Parks Department calls for a group of neighborhood residents to run the Green Gem garden in East New York, according to The New York Times.
The city closed the garden May 31 after GreenThumb, which manages the city's community gardens, found marijuana plants twice, in fall of 2014 and last summer, growing among the fruit trees and collard greens.
The agency said that it warned the garden after the first marijuana plant was found and decided to revoke the its license and chain its gates after another plant was found in 2015.
Green Gem's founder said the illicit plants were the work of a rogue gardener who's no longer there.