Community Greens

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Bronx River Alliance Uptown Soiree

The Bronx River Alliance Uptown Soiree gets better and better every year. Look for the Save The Date this summer.

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The Bronx River Alliance has worked diligently for more than 10 years to clean to the Bronx River with an ultimate goal to make it swimmable. They haven’t gotten there yet but it certainly is a great place to paddle. Every fall they host the Uptown Soiree, generally at the Bronx Zoo. It more than an annual fundraiser. It’s an opportunity to meet Bronx River friends and celebrate their accomplishments. Here are photos from the 20115 and 2016 events on Flickr.

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Senior Symposium in Soundview

I’ve finally admitted I am a senior and I had a wonderful time in a room full of marvelous and active people “my age”.

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At the Sonia Sotomayor Center April 28, 2017

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The Tomato Diaries – About Tomatoes

2394629_240624_tomato20for20letterheadWelcome to the Tomato Diaries:

There are hundreds of tomato varieties from tiny cherry to huge beefsteaks. Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable. Tomatoes are either indeterminate or determinate.  Indeterminate tomatoes sprawl but you will have to prune them or they will put too much energy into vine production. Indeterminate tomatoes produce until stopped by frost, disease, or lack of nutrients. Determinate or bush tomatoes set fruit over two-week period and stop. Tomato varieties are developed for slicing, canning, juicing, or stuffing and some produce extra early. There are varieties resistant to common tomato diseases and every type of climate.

Planting

If you grow tomatoes from seeds, they will germinate in about 1 week when the soil temperature is 75° – 85°. It will take 2 weeks at 60° for germination. Lots of folks start seeds indoors in a sunny spot near a south-facing window. Low light will make seedlings leggy and weak. Once seedlings emerge, water regularly  and keep the temperature no higher than 70°F.  Once a week feed with compost tea or fish emulsion.

When the first true leaves appear, transplant the seedlings to individual pots (plastic cups), burying the stems deeper than they stood previously. After transplanting, give the seedlings more sun and less water. Harden off the plants before planting them in the garden. Plant them where they will get full sun. When you transplant. do it on a cloudy day to lessen shock.

Make the planting holes larger than normal. Put several inches of sifted compost mixed with a handful of bonemeal in the bottom of the hole. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts into each hole for magnesium which promotes plant vitality and productivity. Try not to disturb the soil around seedling roots when you set them in the hole. Set the lowest set of leaves at soil level and fill the hole with a mix of compost and soil. Many gardeners like to plant the stem horizontally in a shallow trench so that only the top leaves show. Strip off the leaves along the part of the stem that will be buried. This may produce more fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tree Care in Castle Hill

NYC-Parks-new-logo-cropThe Stewardship Team has an upcoming street tree care event in Castle Hill near Pugsley Creek Park! On Saturday 5/20 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, we will be meeting at the corner of Pugsley Ave & Lacombe Ave to clean street tree beds, aerate them, and mulch them. This greatly increases the chances of young street trees’ survival! Here is a link with more info and to register.

This event is perfect for groups, camps, families, and individuals! Please let me know if you have any questions. And thank you, as always, for all your hard work!

Rebecca Carden
Stewardship Analyst & Green Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources
Rebecca.Carden@parks.nyc.gov
718.392.5232 ext. 128
Rebecca Carden

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The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla

The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla is right around the corner: SATURDAY MAY 13. Will you have a seat in a canoe? It’s great playing in a clean Bronx public park. It’s incredible paddling, in your own backyard, down the almost pristine Bronx River. The Bronx River Alliance has worked diligently for more than 10 years to clean up the Bronx River. Be part of the Clean Bronx River movement!

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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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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

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