Long Island CAN


    In recent decades, most of Long Island’s farms have given way to housing and industry and we have become dependent on food shipped to us from thousands of miles away. LICAN’s founders and supporters want to save our remaining farms and create gardens so that Long Islanders can once again grow a significant portion of our own food, organically and safely. 

    LICAN is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of its Citizen Action Program. LICAN was formed by volunteers who are passionate about our communities' health and the economic potential of gardening and farming.  Our services include setting up community gardens that are affordable or free, teaching people how to garden, growing food for local food banks, and improving the community by bringing people together.

"Grow to Give: A Guide to Creating Community Service Gardens"

Written by Frances Cerra Whittelsey with technical assistance from
Lawrence Foglia and Heather Forest

Hungarian plum dumplings, collards with ham hocks, Grandma Lucia's uncooked tomato sauce—the 60-page Gateway Garden Recipes is as diverse as the gardeners themselves.

Donations of $10, plus $3 for mailing/book will help support Gateway Garden and LICAN.

Make checks to: Open Space Institute/LICAN Project

Mail to:
Nancy Berg
22 Biltmore Circle
Huntington Station, NY 11746


Long Island Community Agriculture Network

Connecting people to the land, gardening skills, and to fresh, locally grown food.