Rachel Brown: Resistance Is Fertile

Resistance is Fertile: the story of the 45th Street Green Space

is a documentary film that follows the resistance, solutions and transitions of the 45th Street Green Space, a volunteer-run compost and garden project on private land in Sunnyside, Queens. This film celebrates what the community has achieved since 2020, and follows their transition into their final year on the lot. As they reflect on their mission and values, and evaluate how they solved problems that other community gardens and the city have not solved — like controlling the rat population — the storyline follows the arc of how the community members carry their learnings forward.

This project is supported in part by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.