Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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Water!

This water is deemed safe by the EPA, but as a truly upsetting, yet oddly captivating graphic by photography duo The Voorhes shows you, there are a few trace elements left over.

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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.

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Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.

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Community Greens Garden

The Veterans Garden @Bissel is a more than a garden. It is a community activity that engages local veterans, community residents and young gardeners that covers several garden areas and activities as an overall exposure to urban gardening and techniques.

  • Greens, nothing but greens, in the Brassica/Cabbage Family: collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Experience and enjoy green, leafy, vegetables, some with heads and some without.

How to Grow
Choose a location in full sun with a rich, well-drained soil.
Space plants 1-2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
Dig a hole for each plant large enough to accommodate the root ball.
Place the top of the root ball so that it is level with the surrounding soil.
Backfill the hole and press the soil down and firm with your hand. Water deeply.

Cultivate or mulch to control weeds.
Fertilize at least once during the growing season.
Plants are able to tolerate a light frost.
Use floating row covers to deter pests and protect from extreme cold.

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Growing Tips
Harvest after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8 inches long about 55-60 days after transplanting.
Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves.
Use cabbage and collards as a substitute for lettuce.
Can be eaten raw or cooked.

Common Problems
Diseases: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Clubroot, Powdery Mildew
Insects: Aphids, Cabbage Looper, Flea Beetles, Leafminers, Slugs

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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 Parks Speak Up

The 25th AnnualFebruary 23rd, 2019
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2nd Saturday of the month thru NovemberApril 13th, 2019
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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

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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

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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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