First Garden- In Memorial

Todd Petriscak Memorial Garden

Todd Petriscak 

May 11, 1960-January 25, 2016 

In May 2016 Founder and Executive Director Sean Brennan announced on the first day of Mental Health Awareness month. That Brain Food Garden Project’s pilot garden would be named in memory of his wonderfully loving and supportive friend Todd Petriscak who lost his battle with bipolar on Jan. 25, 2016.  


Todd and Sean both met and became fast friends while under psychiatric care in the inpatient unit at Metropolitan Community Hospital. Todd became one of Brain Food Garden Projects' earliest champions. His support and council ultimately contributed to the concept of making Brain Food Garden Project a peer lead organization. And inspired Sean to seek out further educational opportunities to become a NYS Mental Health Peer Advocate. Todd’s deep appreciation and passion for science also lead to our phase 4 goal and desire to raise money for more focused research on how our food choices effect our microbiome and in turn our mental health.