Community Greens

People of color, culture, health & fitness

How Green Are You?

Expert Gardener – I am passionate about gardening. It’s my favorite hobby and it’s how I spend much of my free time. Although I’m confident in my gardening skills, I’m always interested in learning more about plants, gardening techniques and products that will inspire me.

Intermediate Gardener – Gardening is one of my hobbies and I often wish I could spend more time in my garden. I like to try new plants and techniques every growing season. I have the basics down but could use more detailed ideas and information that will help me to be an even better gardener.

Beginner – I’m relatively new to gardening and I’m making the effort to spend more time in my garden. I could use basic information and ideas on how to make my garden better, as well as simple solutions for the challenges I face.

Dabbler – I’m interested in gardening but wouldn’t say, “I’m a gardener.” I buy annual flowers in the spring and spend a few hours a week making sure the yard looks good. I’d like to have a more extensive garden, but it’s intimidating and time consuming.

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Seed Starting Indoors

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Teddy Bear Seed Starting

Please join the Teddy Bear Project at NYPL West Farms Branch to start seedlings.  We will have light refreshments and supplies to start wildflowers and vegetables for community gardening and pollinator friendly host and nectar natives.  If you want some seeds bring some spice containers or mini-zip-locks.  The event is on April 25th 10:30am-1pm at 2085 Honeywell Ave, Bronx, NY 10460- basement.  Please share and post. This is an all-are-welcome event, but kids must be supervised.  Hope to see you there!!
Warm regards,
Roseanne Andrade

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Indoor Gardening

This winter I am going to move a Garden Towers into my dining room and grow herbs and vegetables from the Indoor Gardening List. My dining room gets very good sunlight but, if necessary, I’ll add a grow light fixture.

I am also going to move several Garden Towers to the unheated Bissel Gardens greenhouse (poly house). I am not so concerned about the temperature but I am about a water source. My initial plan is to use one for seeds and dismantle it and transplant the tomato, eggplant and pepper starts when the ground is warm enough.

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Health Disparities

Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, income, education and lifestyle affect health. As a result, some groups of people suffer from certain diseases more than other groups. Differences in health between racial, ethnic, gender, age, and social groups are called Health Disparities. 

The top causes of death in the United States are common among all racial groups. However, people of color are often affected by these diseases to a much greater degree than Whites.

Research helps reduce health disparities in a number of ways. One of the ways in which it does this is by identifying problem areas which allows health care workers to develop solutions. Research can also give us important information on how to prevent, treat and better manage disease in diverse populations.

ACT NOW (Advancing People of Color in Clinical Trials Now) works with people to educate them about clinical trials. The goal of the project is to teach people of color about how clinical trials may improve their health.

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It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view. - Chuck Vasser

Bronx Park Speakup

Lehman CollegeFebruary 29th, 2020
The big day is here.

Bissel Volunteer Days

See you in the Spring!March 15th, 2020
Every Sunday 10-2pm Rains Cancels

GreenThumb Grow Together

April 4th, 2020
CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

The Green Fit Chick

Rinse Beans to Reduce Sodium

Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40%. But taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit. The reduced-sodium beans are ready to use in any favorite recipe.

Longer Life

According to new research 1. not smoking, 2. limiting your alcohol intake, 3. staying active, 4. maintaining a healthy weight, and 5. eating nutritious foods could not only extend your life, but improve the quality of it.


Planks are one of the most effective exercises because they require a small time investment and offer substantial results in a relatively short time. Make plank exercises part of your regular routine.

Ripped Vs Buff

Buff is well built, strong, and muscular but not necessarily big while ripped body is more defined and more pronounced muscles. Athletes are are buff while bodybuilders are ripped.

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Bike Positions

A riders determines how s/he wants to ride a bike and what type of bike they will use. Bikes, therefore, come in different configurations and geometries to suit individual riders. Different body positions suit each bike, such as 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and so on.

Community Greens Consulting

Rover Rollover

Dog Crates

Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

Mat Training

Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

Rude Dog Owners

Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.



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Handstands & Other Feats

In a world full of
little people I admit
I am minuscule. – Tiny

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“Even though this planet is round, there are just too many spots where you can find yourself hanging onto the edge, unless there’s some space, some place to take a breather for a while.” –Gloria Naylor

All Of Us Research Program

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In Our Prayers

It is with regret I have been informed of the recent passing of the mother of Bernard Myers.  I do not have any funeral arrangements as yet. I will forward them when and if received. Please keep Bernard and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. Susan Christian – Secretary, NYCGBOA

Fried Chicken & Philosophy


The Butterfly Project


Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained rinsed white beans into tomato soup. Or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup.