Our interns this summer visited the Smiling Hogshead Ranch located in Long Island City, Queens. This is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental awareness. The ranch was once a train lot owned by the MTA, which was filled with trash till founder Gil Lopez cleaned the land and created a garden. Smiling Hogshead wants the community to participate and become educated on the importance of ecology.
When you enter the grounds you will see all the different types of vegetables, flowers and fruits growing on the property. They are also in the process of building a theater to attract artists and performers.
Smiling Hogshead consists of volunteers who help maintain the area and educate the community. Watch this video to know more.