September General Meeting & Events

by NYCCGC on August 27, 2014


September’s general meeting will take place at Phoenix Community Garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 6:30PM
WHERE: Phoenix Community Garden, 2037 Fulton Street

The agenda will cover updates about citywide community garden issues, the Peoples’ Climate March, and general meet and greet for community gardeners. We hope to see you there!


Join us! Here’s our schedule for the weekend of September 20-21:

September 20: LUNGS Harvest Festival & Climate Convergence
LUNGS will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival in coordination with the Climate Convergence. In gardens across the Lower East Side, there will be workshops, arts & crafts, banner & poster making for the march, music, dancing, and more. Attendees will include gardeners, NYC residents, and folks from all over the country coming to NYC for the Climate March. See LUNGS website for full schedule.

NYCCGC will be in TWO locations:
WHERE: Firemen’s Memorial Garden, E.8th St btwn Aves C & D
WHEN: 10am-4pm
WHAT: New York City Community Garden Coalition Brunch and Workshops
10:45 am: Nonviolence Civil Disobedience Training
12pm: Green Thumb workshop
1pm: NYCCGC Past, Present and Future
3pm: 596 Acres – community land access workshop
4pm HUB Climate impacted Shorefront Communities
Bring together people across communities affected by climate disasters. Having lived through a climate change disaster, we demand our leaders take bold action to ensure our communities are safer and more resilient. Together we can show our communities will continue to work together to make sure the recovery addresses the underlying issues, not just a return to the status quo.

WHERE: Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton and Norfolk St., L.E.S.
WHEN: 1 PM – 3pm
WHAT: ”The Decision” a staged reading of a new 20 min. play,  A story for our time for audiences of all ages based on Native American wisdom tales. The Mayor of the Humans decides to destroy the animals’ homes inside a beloved community garden.  Meanwhile, a huge storm is coming.  Should the animals warn the greedy humans? Written by the More Gardens! Summer Campers and staff. In Gardens Jazz Series with art making for all ages begins at 2 PM.
South Bronx Unite is working with community gardens Friends of Brook Park and La Finca del Sur to make banners, posters, and artwork for the march. There will be a play performed at La Finca del Sur.


September 21: People’s Climate March 10453020_1454513064799672_5914704337046021387_o
NYCCGC will be marching in the “We have solutions” section (map) as part of the food justice contingent (also see here). Bread & Puppets will be there, and we need at volunteers who will march with us! Please spread word, and let us know if you’ll be joining us.

South Bronx Unite will also be mobilizing people from the South Bronx to march from Mott Haven to the march. More info here.

We’ll be in touch more as our plans for the march solidify. If you’re involved or if you want to join whatever it is we’re doing, let us know.




For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2014
Come see outstanding vegetables, unique herbs, fruit, gazebos, hoop houses, grape arbors, ponds, highly-developed composting systems and more in this
sampling of Harlem’s Community Gardens on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 (RAIN DATE,Sunday, August 31ST),10 AM-5 PM.
Contact: 212.662.2878
On Saturday, August 30th, Harlem’s community gardeners will once again invite the public to share the miracles of grassroots development.  Starting at 10AM with a sumptuous breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden on 122nd Street, and ending at 5PM with a traditional Harlem Barbeque at the William A. Harris Garden, 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, the tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem’s green gems.
Tourists will see lush oases with verdant flora and fauna, rain water harvesting systems, solar pond aeration and lighting, vertical gardens, bee hives, gazebos, established fruit trees, abundant herbs, vegetables, extensive composting systems, and more. Some gardens began over 25 years ago on what was then sun-parched and rubble-strewn abandoned city lots. Tourists will also visit new gardens where neighbors have more recently come together to sow wildflowers and excavate and reclaim unused, debris-strewn lots.
Community gardeners have long been visionaries when it comes to community development and a healthy urban landscape.  Harlem’s gardens exemplify that well.  Moreover, gardens are much more than the healthy, oxygen-promoting ecosystems we all need to survive. Community gardens are oases of healing.  They give individuals a sense of purpose and dignity. They strengthen communities.  They host CSA’s and farmer’s markets. They help to decrease aggression and violence. They help to mitigate ADD, ADHD, and many other emotional and learning “abilities.” Community gardens soften our harsh urban environment, and decrease its toxic carbon footprint. As Haja Worley, the tour guide, has said, “Community gardeners are guardians of the land.”
Attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk the tour; however, thanks to the NYC Parks Department, a bus will transport folks who cannot walk or use alternative transportation.
Sponsors for the event include Greenthumb and The Parks Dept. of NYC; Harlem Gardens*,The William A. Harris Garden;  NYCCGC (The NYC Community Garden Coalition); Project Harmony, Inc.                                                        
*Gardens included in the Tour as of this date (BUS WILL NOT STOP AT ALL) are: The JD Wilson Garden; Our Little Green Acres; 5 Star Garden, Carrie McCracken/TRUCE Garden; The New 123rd Street Garden; Clayton Williams Garden; the PCB Wm. B. Harris Garden; Unity Garden-Park Association; The New 127th Street Miracle Garden; Mandela Park Garden; Harlem Rose Garden; The 132ndStreet Garden; Margrichante Garden; The St. Luke’s Community Garden; Success Garden/Harlem Grown; The Morris-Jumel Community Garden; The Convent Avenue Garden; The Wm. A. Harris Garden.


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