April 18, 2014 • 9:11 pm 1
We’ve been busy at Bissel Gardens this Spring. We have hosted a Tree Giveaway with Million Trees and NYRP and a New York Cares Volunteer Day and we are looking to do a whole lot more this year. Below are some of the pictures of the two events mentioned. We you there? Don’t see yourself in these shots, click on the link on the bottom of the page to go to the Bissel Gardens Spring 2014 Album on Flickr.
Enjoy the photos and be sure to come out and visit or volunteer. Feel free to contact me about Bissel Gardens activities. See you there.
Yes, Erin Clarke, NY1 and Council Member Andy King were at Bissel Gardens for the New York Cares cleanup!
April 10, 2014 • 9:51 pm 3
Join sewage enthusiasts Matt Malina and Adam Schwartz on a tour of the sewage plants of Southern Brooklyn. Before the 1880′s, Brooklyn’s sewage was piped into the bay and ocean untreated. During Brooklyn’s fast growth after the Civil War, science led to a clearer understanding of the adverse health effects of untreated sewage. As Coney Island was becoming a popular beach destination, the first sewage ‘purification’ plant was built there in 1885 to protect bathers. Other plants followed in the 20th century, leading to current system of 14 Water Pollution Control Plants we have today.
On the tour we will;
- Bike to 3 sewage plants, 1 storm water retention facility and 1 CSO outflow point
- Explain the sewage treatment process and what is a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)
- Explain the ad hoc way in which the sewage system initially developed
Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m.
East New York
April 10, 2014 • 7:39 pm 0
I going on Morgan Powell’s tour of Gardens of East New York and I am bringing my camera. Hope to see you there!
Originally posted on bronx river sankofa:
Event: FREE public tour of diverse community gardens thriving with activity showcase traditional and non-traditional techniques and plants. Five sites in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood open their doors to you!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10 a.m. – Noon. (Rain or shine).
Location: Tour will assemble inside UCC Youth Farm (600 Schenck Avenue, 11207) between Livonia and New Lots Avenues.
Tour leader: Morgan Powell – email@example.com
Note: The actual tour will focus primarily on current conditions however the narrative below is an alternative way to imagine the richness of the route.
Visitors congregate within UCC Youth Farm (established in 2000) located at Schenk Avenue between Livonia Avenue & New Lots Avenue by the tracks of the no.3 train line.
Hello Neighbors and Friends:
My name is Morgan Powell. I’ll be your host for the next two magical hours as we survey a few community gardens here in East…
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April 10, 2014 • 7:30 pm 0
Living in cities removes us from nature. It turns the soil that should be beneath our feet to concrete and the animals we should recognize into curiosities. As urban dwellers we begin to believe the food we eat should come in jars, cans, be frozen or given unnatural shelf life with chemical additives. Too many city kids grow up thinking cranberries are just a flavoring in a Thanksgiving sauce and a salad is iceberg lettuce and carrot shreds.
Parks are passive entry points to the natural world and invite people to stroll. Community Gardens demand engagement. Community Gardens foster intimate knowledge of nature as a food provider. Community Gardeners get to plant, tend, water, harvest and eat the fruits and vegetables they grow. Like me, you may have learned from your grandmother how to feel ripeness or smell freshness. You may remember the green grocer or open air markets. You may remember life before supermarkets but your children don’t. Our children need active connections and contact with what they put in their mouths. Having that context will also have an impact on what comes out of their mouths.
- There should be a Community Garden in every neighborhood, one (minimum) every 10 square blocks.
- Neighborhoods should be zoned for Community Gardens and land should be set aside for them.
- Community Gardens are as beneficial as parks and play grounds and certainly cheaper to establish and maintain.
- Become a member of a Community Garden
- Start a Community Garden.
- Support a Community Garden.
- We need more Community Gardens!
March 31, 2014 • 10:13 pm 0
Friends of Shoelace Park will be hosting their annual 10k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 am.
The event will begin at 219th St and Bronx Blvd. The route is set in Bronx Park, and plenty of points will provide a view of the lovely Bronx River.
The 10k is a fundraising event for Friends of Shoelace Park, a community-based organization. It is sponsored by the East 222nd Street Block Association working in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance.
Friends of Shoelace Park works year long maintaining the park and coordinating free events for the community.
Registration is open and only $25. Whether you’d like to run or walk, come on out and enjoy the beauty of the Bronx River and support the work being done by the community to enhance and preserve Shoelace Park.
Register online at:
March 31, 2014 • 7:58 pm 0
The NYC Parks GreenThumb Annual Grow Together Conference has to be one of my favorite events of the year. All of my gardening friends seem to officially come out of hibernation for the event and it gives us a great way to catch up and discuss plans for the upcoming growing season. This year’s conference was the 30th and that clearly demonstrates NYC Parks dedication to the other side of green; what other people grow and care for. Bravo for another great event. And the workshops continue . . . Go to the NYC Parks GreenThumb website for upcoming workshops and events.
You can find photos from the event last year in my Flickr photostream in the GreenThumb Grow Together Photo Set.
March 22, 2014 • 11:03 pm 0
Photos by Chuck Vasser, Community Green.
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March 22, 2014 • 10:18 pm 0
Bissel Gardens is working up the food chain and will be participating in the Million Trees Giveway with NYRP this year! They’re also looking to use their Propagation Area to carve out a niche cultivating native shrubs that will benefit overwintering birds. There looking for volunteers. Now may be your chance to get your hands in the good earth!
Originally posted on Bissel Gardens:
Can you spot the popular local rapper from Castlehill in the photos? She was looking forward to getting more butterflies in her back yard.