Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

God Bless Bustelo

img_0198Morning coffee! I’m not sure what I would do without it. I grew up in a predominately tea household and didn’t have my first cup of coffee until I was 27, married, had a daughter under 2 years old, was working two jobs, was a bicycle commuter and beginning racer. Now, coffee is the pillar of my morning ritual.

My diabetic diagnosis a couple of years ago required that I cut back on sugar. I have sacrificed it in my coffee. What an incredible sacrifice! A splash of carnation evaporated milk helps but for me it isn’t a complete cup of coffee. I miss that hint of sweetness.

When having coffee out, I generally add a teaspoon of sugar much like someone who adds a little salt to his/her food. I do taste first, and really good coffee may not need it. When working in community gardens and refereeing basketball games. I generally find the first Spanish restaurant I can and have a cup of cafe con leche.

I can’t abide the taste of artificial sweeteners. A recent study suggested that artificial sweeteners can aide and abet glucose intolerance. What’s the point then, calories?

My favorite fix is expresso albeit not from a machine that costs hundreds of dollars and perfectly steams milk. My Krups gives me a great cup of coffee. I used to microwave 4 ozs. of milk, throw it in a coffee mug with an aerator ball and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. That got tedious. More importantly, I use my microwave less every day. Honestly, I feel I should wear a lead lined apron when I use it.

I’ve used the expresso steamer to froth the milk. I never got that to work for me. I used to heat milk in a small pan. Having to wash the extra stuff wasn’t fun.

I haven’t bought a Keurig. The latest are cool because you can set it for Strong Brew. I have always been skeptical of brewing from a K-cup and expecting the same results over different amounts of water.  Also, I like the smell of coffee and probably hold the can higher than I should when I scoop so I can get a good whiff. SEE COMMENT BELOW.

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Water with Added Value

for-websiteAdd fresh fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to ice water and let the ingredients soak for at least two hours in the refrigerator. The longer the fruits, vegetables and/or herbs soak, the more nutrients you will drink!

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Soil Health Institute

We grow fruits, vegetables, flowers and trees, but this is the best short video I’ve seen about our other “Garden Partner”: Soil. I am looking forward to getting to know the Soil Health Institute better and have signed up for their newsletter. I’ll urgently head you in their direction if appropriate. In the meantime, you may want to sign up for their newsletter as I did.

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bbcdd817-3151-41e7-ba59-b50e763f3f291 medium cucumber
3 celery stalks
2 small pears
3 kale (Tuscan cabbage) leaves
Big handful of parsley

Wash all produce well. Add ingredients through juicer and enjoy!

Reboot with Joe

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Uptown Restaurant Week



Stuck in a winter rut? Grab a friend and explore all that Uptown Grand Central has to offer during Uptown Restaurant Week Monday, January 23, to Friday, February 10. 

You’ll find specials along East 125th Street and Park Avenue for just $8! Offers are good seven days a week, from opening to closing time.

The Uptown Grand Central initiative is a collaboration of merchants and neighbors along the east side of 125th Street who work together to enrich the area through collaboration, research, and creative community projects.

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About Community Greens

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 their view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

Chuck Vasser

Winter Gardening Some folks winter garden but for most of us it is the prep period before the season. Now is the time to order seeds and prep tools and beds. CGGrows

Clean Eating is the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods. To Clean Eat structure your diet to get proper nutrition, help manage diseases, avoid developing diseases, lose weight, remove toxins, and just feel better.

Smiling Bellies

Find Your Community Garden

Anyone can join a garden. With more than 600 gardens across the five boroughs, potential members and volunteers should choose carefully. To aid in your search, GreenThumb has provided a Garden Finder from GardenMaps.

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

Kelli Terry-Sepulveda

Kellie Terry-Sepulveda

Morgan Powell Memorial

Bronx River Sankofa

Black Urban Growers

Kim Beazer’s Nature’s Nurses

Nature's Nurses
MillionTreesNYC - Make NYC Even Cooler

Vegetable Growing Guides


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Bronx Park Speak Up

The Future of Bronx Parks and Open SpaceFebruary 25th, 2017
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GreenThumb Workshop

Fruit Tree PruningFebruary 25th, 2017
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GrowTogether ConferenceMarch 25th, 2017
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Bissel Gardens

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“Help a veteran at Bissel Gardens. They have already helped you.”

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Fried Chicken & Philosophy

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