Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Run Soundview with NYRR

Get more info, help plan and volunteer on June 3 for the

1st Soundview Run June 24.

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Bike Soave

 

Bike Soave – My summer ride. We have history. It’s a Raleigh Technium. The frame is about 30 years old. It was a really interesting build. The main tubes are aluminum and the fork and stays are steel. The whole thing is bonded together with epoxy. Yes, that’s the original color. That’s probably why it was an unbuilt 25″ frame when I bought it from the Bronx Bicycle Center on Gun Hill Road when they were going out of business. I’ve had it probably 20 years. I ride short trips fixed and longer rides single speed.

I’ll add more pictures, specs and ride notes as the season goes on.

BxFxd is back!

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Afro Curated by CZV

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Town Hall at Stevenson High School

I wanted to make sure you have the information for our upcoming Town Hall we are hosting with Council Member Annabel Palma on May 24th at 7pm at Stevenson High School. Please see the attached flyer for more details and let me know if you have any questions.

JOSHUA CORTES
Bronx Borough Director
Office of the Mayor | Community Affairs Unit
212-788-1412
347-515-4198

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The Tomato Diaries

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Tomato Tips

The first thing you will want to know is whether your tomato plant is determinate or indeterminate. Determinate tomato are bushier, have fruit that typically ripens around the same time and have a shorter growing season.

Indeterminate tomatoes are vining, have fruit that ripens throughout the season and will typically grow until the first frost. Pick what’s best for you based on your reason for growing, available space (indeterminate tomatoes can climb to great heights!) and the length of your season.

Tip One

Soil has a great impact on how your tomatoes will turn out. The better you prepare the soil, the better they will grow. Consider Double Digging. Remove the top layer of soil and loosen the next layer with a garden fork. Mix compost into the top layer and return it to the top of the bed. Add compost as a top dressing before you plant. You should also side dress your tomatoes with compost near the base every few weeks.

Tip Two

Add calcium to the soil by adding egg shells. You can do this before planting. Save eggshells, let them dry, crush them and add them into the soil. After planting, sprinkle them on the ground to either side-dress existing tomato plants or bury in the soil before planting new seeds or transplants. The calcium in the eggshells provides nutrients to your plants keeping them healthy and protecting against blossom end rot. The eggshells can also help other members of the Nightshade family like peppers and eggplant.

Tip Three

You want your tomato plant to develop a strong and deep root system. To help with this, bury the transplant on its side. You will see little hairs on the plant near the soil line. All of these will develop into more roots for your plant. Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the bottom of the hole and cover with an inch of soil when you plant.

Tip Four

When you start to see little, tiny tomatoes sprouting, prune your plants. Prune from the bottom up, removing all the leaves below the first set of fruit. Remember most fungi, disease and pests attack the leaves and leaves near the bottom of the plant are most susceptible.

Tip Five

Prune on sunny days, during the hottest part of the day. The sun will help the plant to heal the wound faster, lessening the chance of disease and pest. Only prune your plants once a week, so they don’t get stressed.

Tip Six

Basil and tomatoes taste delicious when eaten together, but they also help each other out in the garden. Plant tomatoes next to basil, peppers, borage and marigolds for better flavor and pest protection.

Tip Seven

Feed your tomato plants weekly or bi-weekly starting as soon as they have their first set of true leaves (the leaves that look like tomato leaves; they will start forming right after the first two leaves sprout). If your tomatoes aren’t ripening, they are most likely hungry and need to be fed.

Tip Eight

Harvest the unripe tomatoes before pulling out your tomato plants at the end of the season. You can let your tomatoes ripen sitting next to a sunny window or make fried green tomatoes!

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

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Chuck Vasser

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!

Chuck Vasser

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Upcoming Events

  • NYRR Run in Soundview meeting June 3, 2017 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Soundview Park Field House, 1550 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10473, USA Breakfast will be served at this Planning meeting
  • Concerts in the Parks – Van Cortlandt Park June 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm https://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/1617/concerts-in-the-parks-june-13
  • Hunts Point Fish Parade & Summer Festival June 15, 2017 at 8:30 am – 9:30 am Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY
  • NY Cares Volunteers June 24, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers July 22, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers August 26, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers September 23, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers October 28, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens

Email

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Farm BuildApril 28th, 2017
10:00 am – 1:00 pm also Fridays in May

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Bronx River FlotillaJuly 15th, 2017
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In a world full of
little people I admit
I am miniscule.

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