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11th Annual Food Heritage Festival

| June 13th, 2016

Saturday, June 18th – 2 pm to 9 pm

at the beautiful, historic Hattie Carthan Community Garden

700 Marcy Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

This year’s theme “Our Food is Our Culture” is a community offering of foods from the African Diaspora. One of the most interesting things about the food of the African Diaspora is how closely it connects the people who prepare it, often without them even realizing it. There are several characteristics that almost all cuisines of the African Diaspora share: seasoning techniques; cooking techniques, such as stewing and frying; and the prevalence of starchy mashes or porridges eaten with stews and soups or on their own. African, Latin, and Caribbean cuisine ingredients are nearly identical, most likely due to the similarity in climate. Tropical foods such as plantains, cassava, coconuts, and palm oil are staples in West African and Afro-Brazilian cooking. The distinctive ingredients of southern cuisine, as well as the styles of cooking them, have been common for centuries in Africa.

The Hattie Carthan community gardeners will serve homemade dishes – much of the greens and salads are grown in the garden. Guests can also enjoy southern BBQ, live blues music, live farm animals, and more.

Meat Plate $10 – 3 choices of meat, $8 – 2 choices of meat, $7 – vegetarian plate $7, homemade pies $2 per slice, sorrel and herbs drinks – $2, herbal drinks and fresh fruit smoothies – $3, roast corn – $2, sage sausages – $2, chicken foot Souse – $3 bowl

Questions: [email protected]com


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Youth Farm CSA Shares Available

| May 14th, 2016

Fresh, seasonal. affordable produce is available through the Youth Farm CSA program.

Sign up for the 2016 season and receive a bag of farm fresh vegetables each week, June 13th through October 26th . Flower shares are also available from June 20th through October 12th!

Choose from one of 3 Pick up Locations:

Shambhala Yoga and Dance, Mondays 5 pm to 8 pm at 367 St Marks Ave

The Youth Farm, Wednesdays 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm at 600 Kingston Avenue

61 Local (flower shares only), Fridays 5 pm to 8 pm at 61 Bergen St

Click HERE for more info – and be sure to apply by June 1st.


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34 Community Gardens on HPD Land to be Preserved, 7 Gardens to be Lost

| January 7th, 2016

At a meeting on Wednesday December 30, 2015 with community gardeners and greening groups (including Green Guerillas), City representatives announced a final decision made by the Mayor to determine the fates of community gardens on HPD land.

HPD will transfer 34 community gardens to the Parks Department to be preserved, while 9 community gardens sites will be displaced by affordable housing developments – including 7 active community gardens.

It is good news for NYC’s community gardening movement that 34 community gardens will be preserved, but devastating for the gardeners and community members who will lose 7 precious green spaces and outdoor community centers. The City has promised to find alternate sites for community gardeners – but it remains to be seen how large or how viable these alternate sites will be.

News coverage can be found HERE

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GreenThumb GrowTogether 2016

| December 16th, 2015

GreenThumb has announced a date for their 2016 GrowTogether conference – March 16th.

Join over a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking, and greening inspiration. This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops, for gardeners of all ages.

For more info and registration info, click HERE.

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Petition to Save Community Gardens on HPD Land

| December 16th, 2015

The NYC Community Garden Coalition has created an on-line petition asking the mayor to remove community gardens on HPD land from an HPD development list and transfer them to the Parks Department. It has been almost a year since the list came out – it is time to make sure our calls are heard (again) to preserve these precious green spaces.

Sign the petition HERE.

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