Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

GrowNYC Seasonal Job Fair

Grow nycEvery day, GrowNYC employees see first-hand the impact they have on the environment and the lives of New Yorkers in all five boroughs.

For over 40 years, we’ve been expanding our Greenmarket reach and environmental programming. In spring and summer, our staffing needs surge.

So, on Monday March 11th, we’re hosting a job fair to find our 2019 seasonal staff! Participants will meet representatives from each of our programs (Greenmarket, Youthmarket, Compost and Recycling, Fresh Food Box, Gardening, Youth Education, and more).

The job fair will take place at GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse — 76 East 13th St. in Manhattan.

Register here.

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NYC Master Composter Class

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The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are implemented by DSNY-funded teams at seven host organizations, including The New York Botanical Garden. For more information on composting in the Bronx, call our Helpline at 718.817.8543 or visit nybg.org/compost

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A Friend of St. Nicholas Park

The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, which can be translated as “forest bathing.” Developed in Japan during the 1980s, the practice of taking a stroll in a wooded area has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. One 2015 study showed that taking a walk in a natural environment increases people’s mood and decreases the number of negative thoughts they experience. People who walked through city streets didn’t show any of these benefits. If you’re a city dweller, think about changing your commute so it takes you through a park or a green space.

walking manI try to walk though St. Nicholas Park several times a week. I always feel better, regardless of the days demands, afterwards. – CZV

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Seton Falls Park – Green Neighborhoods

bissel_kids_with_treesJoin us for a special edition of Green Neighborhoods! On Saturday, November 17th from 9:00am – 12:00pm, volunteers will take a nature walk through Seton Falls Park and learn about its important natural areas. Afterwards, volunteers will help protect the forest by removing harmful invasive plants. This part of our monthly Green Neighborhood event series in Edenwald– we’ll be out in the community on the third Saturday of every month!

Groups larger than 5 please contact Catherine.Laperche@parks.nyc.gov

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Free Rodent Training in the Bronx

ratYou can learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention in your home and community at our free training. This short, two- to three-hour training is targeted to superintendents, building staff, property managers, homeowners, interested tenants, community gardeners and the local business community. We will host a training on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Boogie Down Grind Café (866 Hunts Point Ave., Bronx). To register, email info@majoracartergroup.com. Free rodent-resistant garbage bins will be raffled off to participants who register. More info: on.nyc.gov/2Nhcjtb

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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!

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Bronx River Sankofa
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Bronx Parks Speak Up

The 25th AnnualFebruary 23rd, 2019
22 hours to go.

New York Cares Volunteers

2nd Saturday of the month thru NovemberApril 13th, 2019
51 days to go.

The CG Fit Chick

Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect against developing depression.

Upcoming Events

  • 25th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, NY 10468, USA Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces
  • BxRA Greenway Team February 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ranaqua (Bronx NYC Parks Headquarters), Conference Room 1 Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10462
  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • 2019 Bronx River Assembly March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bronx Documentary Center - 614 Courtlandt Avenue - Bronx, NY 10451 For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bronx-river-assembly-tickets-55584411471
  • First Day of Spring March 20, 2019
  • New York Cares Volunteers at Bissel April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • National Bike to Work Day May 17, 2019
  • First Day of Summer June 21, 2019
  • Harlem Health Day & Walk September 7, 2019 St. Nicholas Park, St Nicholas Ave &, St Nicholas Terrace, New York, NY 10030, USA

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Community Greens Consulting

Green Tips!

Bee proactive!

A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

Green Tips

Email

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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

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Ken Hudson, NBA Pioneer

Ken Hudson, NBA Pioneer

Originally posted on IAABO Black Caucus:
As we observe Black History month and watch on television all the officials of color, it is good to remember that someone had to be the first. In the NBA that first person was Kenny Hudson. The following is his obituary reprinted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dated 05/17/2012: Kenneth…

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Fried Chicken & Philosophy

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The Butterfly Project