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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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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Cogging Back to Good Health

bikeOkay, so I’ve had my share of health problems over the last few years. Unfortunately, sometimes as we get older we get sick and, figuratively and often literally, fall apart. The common cold seems completely uncommon and the flu can severely sideline and possiblely kill us. When we get a cold, we often ignore the warning signs until too late and when it’s full blown, we look for any port, which is usually some over-the-counter miracle. Or we believe doctors have magic bullets and we seek their help and hope the 2 pills they give us will make us better by morning.

I’ve decided to Cog Back to Good Health (CBGH). I’ve had my ups and downs and, recognizing I was never a gym rat, I’m going to ride my way back to good health. I am going to ride my bike every day (hmm, I really HATE riding in the rain and snow). Riding my bike is going to be the fifth thing I do every day. 1. Get Out of Bed 2. Bathroom 3. Drink Water 4. Get Dressed 5. Ride My Bike. Let’s start with the typical “30 Day Challenge” and for good measure the Tour De Bronx is Sunday October 28. I’m still a punk, so I’ve registered for the 25 miler. I’ll keep you posted!

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NYS Girls HS Rules Review & Updates

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MAGBOMAGBO presents:

2018-2019 NYS Girls High School Rules Review & Updates

Special Guest: Jon Levinson, NCAA Secretary Rules Editor

Tuesday October 30th
St. Edmund Prep High School
2474 Ocean Avenue ~  Brooklyn, NY 11229

Doors open  at 6:30PM
Check in  at 6:45PM

Clinic begins promptly  at 7:00PM

All Girls PSAL officials are urged to attend.

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NYRP Tree Giveaway at Bissel Gardens Saturday October 6th

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More Info at NYRP HERE!

 

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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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Upcoming Events

  • MLK Day of Service at Seton Falls Park January 21, 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Seton Falls Park, at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and Palmer Avenue
  • Green Worker Co-ops: Special Co-op Academy Graduation, Bronx 1/31/19 January 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Point CDC - 940 Garrison Avenue - Theater - Bronx, NY 10474 For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-worker-co-ops-special-co-op-academy-graduation-bronx-13119-tickets-54656768867
  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting February 2, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Volunteer @ Bissel Gardens February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Crazy for Composting February 16, 2019 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458, USA Saturday, February 16; 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.
  • 25th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Bronx Speak Up Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces

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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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