Community Greens

People of color, culture, health & fitness

Biking Thru Covid 19

Given the concerns about Covid-19, social distancing and the unfortunate homeless population that is currently seeking shelter in the NYC subway system, I’m not sure when I am going to get on a NYC train again. I feel uncomfortable enough on the bus I take occasionally, but subways trains have always left me feeling dirty. The subway is great for urban transportation and reading, not health and cleanliness. When I commuted to a part-time job at Macy’s on 34th Street 4 days a week, I regularly got in 8 hours of solid reading. I read a book a week and I’ve never been able to get back to that level of reading, even though I try. But I hated the smelly, packed trains and when I got off one day and had a grimy hand print on the shoulder of my white shirt, I knew I had enough.

Severely straining my hamstring, just before basketball tryouts at CCNY as a Junior College transfer, sealed the deal. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t try out. I appealed to the coach, but as an un-recruited, JC walk-on with limited eligibility, I didn’t blame the coach for his polite, “No”. So I limped around until my leg got better and worked as a English tutor on campus and at Gimbels through Christmas. They, unfortunately, were closing, but the experience got me in the door at Macy’s as Spring sprung. PS: I also worked at Alexander’s on 59th Street after HS. Go figure :-). I had begun riding a bike to CCNY from the Webster Butler Projects, in the Bronx, as a way to restore my legs and save money. I was an archetype struggling college student, so extending my commute after classes three days a week was a blessing rather than a hardship.

Who knew the commute would last 7 years. It lasted through my 2 years at CCNY, my first and second full-time jobs, through marriage and the first of two children. With the second child came more family responsibility, so I had to give up bicycle racing, which I had grown to love, even though working Friday nights and racing early Saturday mornings was killing me (and my race times). I put the time into child rearing and career building and what I called casual commuting. Casual Commuting: I rode most places unless the newly acquired car was absolutely necessary for the children or shopping. More often than not, we packed the kids into the car and I traveled by bike and met the family after, often taking an extra lap or two for, “roadwork”. I think child rearing, career building and casual commuting paid off.

Here I am, many, many years later riding a bike to again maintain social distance, my health and my sanity during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. Talk about full circle. . .

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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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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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Feds Prevent Animal Cruelty

House passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony.

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Childhood Experiences May Leave Lasting Impact

Traumatic events experienced before the age of 18 years can leave lifelong mental and physical scars. More than 2 decades have elapsed since a landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente study, involving 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California, showed that early adversity can have lasting impacts. Together with other studies, experts have documented an association between instability and physical, emotional, or sexual abuse experienced as children and a wide range of negative outcomes in adulthood, such as drug overdose, suicide, and lack of educational achievement and employment potential. Additionally, housing/food insecurity and other effects of historical and ongoing racism can exacerbate the effects of ACEs. Moreover, a large fraction of societal costs associated with ACEs is borne by the healthcare system.

Childhood Experiences May Leave Lasting Impact 


So, let’s create more positive experiences for our children to help them grow into positive and productive adults.


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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. - 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!

Garden Volunteer Days

See You After the Pause!June 21st, 2020
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 11-3pm Rains Cancels

Bronx River Parkway

Bike Sundays BeginsMay 3rd, 2020
The big day is here.

The Green Fit Chick

Many people forget how important hydration is, especially after a seven or eight-hour night's rest with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. A glass of water, a dash of sea salt and the juice of a fresh lemon will get your day off to the great start.

Added Sugar

You already know you consume too much sugar and it can have serious health consequences. Manufactures sneak sugar into their products under the names below as “added sugars”. Be healthy. Read labels. Eliminate added sugar from your diet while eating fruits and vegetables that contain minerals, vitamins, fiber and natural sugar.

Reduce Sodium In Beans

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.

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.


As the pandemic disrupts global food supply chains, people may have to depend more on locally grown food. Experts expect the number of people suffering through severe food shortages could swell to 265 million people in 2020.
Bissel Gardeners are glad they have been community gardening and raising food for themselves for more than 25 years. We hope when the NYC Pause In Place is lifted more folks will see the need for community gardens and will join us! Chuck the Gardener

Green Tips

Bananas As Fertilizer


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.