In 2011, a group of Long Island neighbors created a “guerilla garden” on a set of abandoned railroad tracks. That’s a nice way of saying we didn’t have permission. When we got caught, we worked with the MTA to secure a lease and become a real-live non-profit.
Today, Smiling Hogshead Ranch is an agriculture farm and community garden by day, and a social club and cultural venue by night. Through our events and outreach, we strive to create a safer, green space within our urban jungle to grow with others, get dirty, and smile into the sun.
Whether you want to learn about composting, hear a band in a garden, or breathe in some of that sweet plant-made oxygen, visit us soon.
Meet Your Directors
An environmental educator and landscape designer, Gil helped establish the garden in 2011, he enjoys riding his bicycle in the city and his favorite crop are the white raspberries.
Mia Vlah Roy
Ranch co-founder and advocate of planting things that bloom; her favorite crop is whichever one is ready right now.
Geoff moved to Astoria in 2012 and quickly realized his new building super wouldn’t allow a fire escape garden, so he fortuitously joined the early pioneers of the Ranch instead. Now, in addition to growing plants, his wife and he are growing 3 children.
Community economic development lawyer by day; master weeder and aspiring orchardist by weekend.
Colin joined the ranch in 2012, but only after realizing being called a “black thumb” wasn’t as offensive as originally thought. Now he teaches, coaches, tells jokes and helps grow community and solvency for the Ranch - all while exhibiting horrific time management skills.
Jennifer is an experienced and innovative educator whose passions for gardening and teaching about food have combined with her background in environmental science, horticulture, and sustainability to enrich the lives of countless children, seniors, international refugees, and people in need.
Stumbled upon the Ranch shortly after moving to NYC from FL in 2012; a failed academic, Rose now spends her days homemaking, child-rearing, and community organizing. Her favorite things to grow are flowers & herbs.