Autumn Equinox  and International Day of Peace Potluck
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Autumn Equinox and International Day of Peace Potluck

The garden is hosting an Autumn Equinox community potluck in celebration of International day of Peace, the harvest and the season of balance.  International Peace Day was established in 1981 by a U.N resolution, and “…provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.”

The September equinox is the autumnal (fall) equinox.  The Autumn Equinox marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides.  As leaves turn yellow and fruits and vegetables ripen, most traditional celebrations of the autumnal equinox are associated with harvest.  With all the talk about harvest, we are reminded to be grateful for the bounty and abundance in our own lives.

Many autumnal equinox celebrations include discussion among community members of what they have been able to bring to fruition in their own lives and everyone celebrates each other’s victories together. This is a time for closure, finishing projects, and taking stock.

During the potluck there will be a Water Ceremony:  Waters of adventure, waters of peace, waters of joy, waters of struggle, waters of hope. Those who wish to are asked to bring water from (or symbolizing) a special place they have visited during their recent physical or spiritual journeys. The water will be poured into a common bowl to symbolize our diversity and unity, and to celebrate our coming together in a sharing, loving community.  After the water ceremony we will begin our potluck feast.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish.  Email or call the garden contact for coordination of bringing items to the potluck.  Those who partake that don't contribute to the potluck please donate $3 towards the potluck.

Activities:

We are going to create apple spice potpourri, play cornhole, honor each other with a Water Ceremony, and enjoy seasonal food and drink.

Cost:

Bring a dish or $3 Donation

As the golden sun rises into this time of equal day and equal night, we invoke calmness and balance into our lives. In the spirit of this time of harvest, we will acknowledge and honor the fruits of what we have sewn thus far in the year. We will welcome the coming of darker days ahead where we can take the time to look inward as well as rest while more time is spent indoors. We look forward to seeing you in ceremony and celebration of Autumn in the tranquil gardens.

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Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Children's Cultural Story & Food Experience

We are going to have a cooked pot of the traditional cultural Pueblo dish of Anasazi beans and Ham Hock made from these beans. While enjoying these unusually tasty beans, a garden member will be reading an illustrated children's Native American folktale called The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble.

The storytelling and artwork of The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses expresses love and harmony with nature. It is the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses and how she eventually becomes one of the horses forever running free. 

Please bring your kids; the food is first come/first serve with priority given to families who come for the book reading.

A Brief History of Beans and Peas

Beans are intricately woven into the fabric of human history. The first "permanent cultures" evolved when hunter-gatherers and nomadic people began tilling the earth and developing systems of agriculture, and beans were among the first cultivated crops. 

Peas have been carbon dated back to 9750 BC in Thailand; Native people of Mexico and Peru were cultivating bean crops as far back as 7000 BC; the use of lentils has been traced back as far as 6750 BC in parts of the present day Middle East. Chickpeas, lentils, and fava beans have been found in Egyptian tombs that date back at least 4000 years. About the same time, (around 1500 BC) parts of present-day Asia were growing and using soybeans. In a completely different part of the world, Native Americans and Mexicans were working with the haricot bean, a diverse category that includes runner beans, kidney beans, and lima beans, and its adaptability helped it to become a stable crop. It is apparent that beans were an integral part of the development of many cultures throughout the world.

Anasazi Beans at Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden

The garden has acquired some Anasazi Beans of the Ancestral Pueblo. These beans were found in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.  Mesa Verde was the home of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Southwest Colorado for over 700 years from 600 to 1300 AD. Anasazi is a navajo word meaning ancient one and these beans are indeed ancient.  These beans have been continously grown for over 1,400 years on the same high altitude of 7,000 feet on dry land soil. They are considered the most prettiest and tastiest of all the beans that the Ancestral Pueblo grew. 

For any questions on this event, please contact: Timothy J. Brown at timothybrownnyc@gmail.com / 410.253.7067

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Ethiopian Coffee Ritual
Aug
16
5:00 PM17:00

Ethiopian Coffee Ritual

The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is an important part of Ethiopian culture. It involves roasting coffee beans and preparing boiled coffee in a special vessel akin to the ibriks used to make Turkish coffee.

In parts of Ethiopia, the woman of the house (or a younger woman in the household) performs or participates in the two- to three-hour coffee ceremony three times each day (once in the morning, once at noon, and once in the evening). The coffee ceremony is considered to be the most important social occasion in many villages, and it is a sign of respect and friendship to be invited to a coffee ceremony. Guests at a ceremony may discuss topics such as politics, community, and local issues. There is also abundant praise for the ceremony's performer and the brews she produces. Regardless of the time of day, occasion (or lack thereof) and guests invited, the ceremony usually follows a distinct format, with some variations.

The garden will be putting on an coffee ceremony and it will be led by our Ethiopian garden committee member Hadi. There will be popcorn for snacking on during the coffee ceremony. The garden is committed to uplifting and highlighting cultural practices from around the world and we are honored to be able to offer this ancient and sacred Ethiopian cultural experience to our community and fellow New Yorkers. Please stop on by August 16 and partake in the coffee ceremony yourself. 

If you want milk and sugar for the beverage please bring your own. Traditionally, in Ethiopia milk and sugar is not offered during the ceremony and we will not have any. Come experience this unique event with your family and friends. 

Rain or Shine.

For any questions about this event, please contact Timothy J. Brown at (410) 253-7067 or at timothybrownnyc@gmail.com.

Cost: Free

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Hike the Heights
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Hike the Heights

Hike the Heights is made possible by CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies)

Hike the Heights is an annual community hike and celebration in northern Manhattan parks that promotes the use of the Giraffe Path, an urban trail that connects the Cloisters to Central Park. This family-friendly event invites New Yorkers to explore and celebrate the area’s natural treasures by combining physical activity, art, and fun!

After the hike join us for a celebration in Highbridge Park. The neighborhood party has arts, games, food, and fun! It serves as a neighborhood “potluck,” meaning each individual, group, or organization participating in the event contributes something to the day: arts and craft stations, sport clinics, music and dancing, and – of course – their time, energy, and donations. The community flavor of the event makes it feel like a family picnic, even though many of the participants are meeting for the first time! 

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Marvelous Mushrooms
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Marvelous Mushrooms

Fungi can be helpful in your garden and delicious in the kitchen. This class offers a peek into the fungi kingdom at large and addresses DIY indoor growing and cultivation methods with the option to transfer your fungi to your outdoor garden. In addition to a demonstration of basic propagation techniques, the class offers resources for finding mushroom materials to work with as you set about on your homegrown mycological pursuits.

Members of registered GreenThumb gardens will receive starter materials for growing mushrooms.

With Jan Mun, Brooklyn College; Gil Lopez, Smiling Hogshead Ranch; GreenThumb

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Cost

Free  

Contact Number

(212) 602-5300

Contact Email

greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov

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Butterfly Project NYC Native Plant Share
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Butterfly Project NYC Native Plant Share

Join Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden and Butterfly Project NYC to find out more about the connections between native plants and pollinators and how to encourage them in urban landscapes. This year’s workshop is part of NYC Wildflower Week. Plants will be available for pick-up, to be used in schoolyards, community gardens, and other public spaces while supplies last.

Please note: Pre-registration is required. To register, fill out the online form at https://goo.gl/oxrPXq or call Bronx Green-Up at (718) 817-8026 by May 7 at 5 p.m.

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Grove Hill Learning Garden
Eagle Ave and East 156 Street, Bronx
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Cost

Free  

Contact Number

(718) 817-8026

Contact Email

bronxgreenup@nybg.org

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CLOTH ~ Community Clean-Up
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

CLOTH ~ Community Clean-Up

  • The Corner of West 167th Street & Broadway (map)
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Volunteers are needed to help clean-up Broadway on Saturdays through June starting at West 167th Street & Broadway.

Join the Community League of the Heights at its next neighborhood clean-up! All supplies and free refreshments will be provided.

Please call (212)795-4779 for more information.

 

Se necesitan voluntarios para ayudar a limpiar Broadway todos los sabados hasta junio en la calle West 167th Street y Broadway.

Unete con Community League of the Heights en su proxima limpieza del vecindario! Todos suministros y refresco gratis sera distribuido.

Por favor llame al (212)795-4779 para mas informacion.

 

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Beekeeping: An Introduction (Bronx)
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

Beekeeping: An Introduction (Bronx)

Curious about bees for honey and pollination in your community garden? Join Liane Newton from nycbeekeeping.org for an introduction to the world of bees. This introductory, three-part series (spring, summer, and fall) will help you decide whether beekeeping is for you and learn about opportunities to bring honeybees, and other kinds of bees, to your garden.

Registered GreenThumb gardeners who attend all three sessions will be eligible to receive a free book on beekeeping for their garden. Attendees have priority to join 2018 nycbeekeeping.org training programs.

This workshop is also offered in Spanish translation.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Risse Street Community Garden
10 Risse Street, Bronx
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Cost

Free  

Contact Number

(212) 602-5300

Contact Email

greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov

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Hike the Heights brings you an Earth Day Hike + Bike
Apr
22
1:30 PM13:30

Hike the Heights brings you an Earth Day Hike + Bike

Join the Earth Day Hike & Bike in Uptown Manhattan on Sunday April 22nd. 

Hike the Heights is adding additional hikes, and the first one is to celebrate Earth Day, with optional stretch class at the finish. AND for the first time ever, biking is an option, thanks to our partner, Uptown & Boogie Bicycle Advocacy. All ages and fitness levels are welcome, and you can do only a portion and leave the hike at any time. Or, just join us for the Green Gym stretch class 1-1:30pm thanks to our partner Nancy Bruning's Nancercize. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring your own water.

Here are the details:
Hike up to 5 miles through spectacular hilly parks! 
Hikers meet at the RING Garden, 1835 Riverside Drive (at Broadway & Dyckman). We will depart at 10AM and arrive in Morningside Park at 1 PM for a 30-minute Green Gym stretch class.


Bike safely up to 10 miles through lively streets!
Riders meet at Citi Bike station at Morningside Ave & W. 123 St. at 9 AM. If you don't have a bike, free Citi Bikes will be available on first-come, first-served basis.
o Personal bikes are welcome!!!
o No bike? No problem! Get a FREE Citi Bike! 
o The bike age is 18+
Bike Leader: https://www.facebook.com/ubbicycleadv/

Please RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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GreenThumb Spring Supply Distribution
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

GreenThumb Spring Supply Distribution

Pick up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your registered GreenThumb garden.

  • On-site pick up only at the dates and locations below
  • One pick up per garden group
  • Carpool with other garden groups that may not have access to transportation
  • We encourage gardeners to take inventory of your toolsheds to see what you already have before taking supplies

RSVP here. You may only RSVP for 1 distribution site at a time. If you are registering for more than one garden, please enter them one at a time. 

Pick up by RSVP from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Distribution Locations:

Brooklyn
Hattie Carthan Community Garden
719 Marcy Avenue

New Vision Garden
590 Schenck Avenue

Bronx
La Finca Del Sur
175 East 138th Street (corner of Grand Concourse)

Manhattan
Green Oasis Community Garden
372 East 8th Street

Pleasant Village Community Garden
342 Pleasant Avenue

Staten Island: Please coordinate with your Outreach Coordinator or attend another borough's pick up!

Location

Hattie Carthan Garden (in Hattie Carthan Community Garden
719 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn
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New Vision Garden (in ) 
590 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn
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Pleasant Village Community Garden (in )
342 Pleasant Avenue, New York, NY 10035, Manhattan
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Green Oasis Community Garden/Gilbert's Garden (in )
372 East 8th Street, between Avenue C and Avenue D, Manhattan
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La Finca del Sur
138th Street and the Grand Concourse, Bronx
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Cost

Free  

Contact Number

(212) 602-5300

Contact Email

greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov

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Happy Hydration with Your Hydrant
Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hydration with Your Hydrant

Please note: Hydrant wrenches and caps will be available for gardeners who bring their DEP hydrant permit to the workshop!

Learn the ins and outs of connecting a garden hose to your fire hydrant, including proper permitting and water saving tips. Check out this helpful video from 6BC Botanical Garden for a preview! 

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Mar
31
8:30 AM08:30

34th Annual GrowTogether 2018 - Honoring Our Roots

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Join NYC Parks GreenThumb as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, where we'll be "Honoring Our Roots" and kicking off the community gardening season in New York City! The day will be packed with workshops and kid's activities.

The first 500 people to purchase a ticket in advance will receive a special 40th anniversary gift.

Please register here.

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