HONK for More Gardens! Parade - NYC 2017
Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

HONK for More Gardens! Parade - NYC 2017

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HONK NYC! & MORE GARDENS!
2017 East Village Parade for More Gardens!

Honk NYC, in association with More Gardens! comes to the East Village Sunday, Oct. 15th. We are recruiting people of all ages to carry puppets, banners, & props in our Honk for More Gardens! Street parade to celebrate & raise awareness of community gardens. For more info on participation, see below. 

Everyone is welcome to join the day's events starting at Children's Magical Garden at 129 Staton St. near Essex at 12 noon, where we'll have craft & prop making time accompanied by music from Damas de Ferro of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

-At 2pm our procession steps off on Stanton to Pitt St, and we march/dance up Ave C, ending at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Ave C & 9th Street at approximately 2:45pm. This is a permitted street parade. 
-At 3pm Liberation Drum Circles will lead a one-hour workshop, free to all, at La Plaza. 
-At 4:15pm Batala New York returns for a performance of Northern Brazilian samba reggae drum rhythms, at La Plaza. 
-At 5:00pm all welcome to join the procession from La Plaza to DROM on Ave A, for the HONK NYC Closing Party at DROM. 

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Those interested in helping with making puppets and banners
there will be workshops at Children's Magical Garden 129 Stanton Street on:
This Saturday 1-6pm
Call Aresh at 917-518-9987 or aresh@moregardens.org for more info

 

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Free Environmental day Summer Camp at Children's Magical Garden, NYC
Jul
8
to Aug 12

Free Environmental day Summer Camp at Children's Magical Garden, NYC

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Our free environmental day summer camp in the Lower East Side: Going into its fourth summer, we provide an outdoor nature summer camp in July and August for twenty-five local youth. Campers learn organic gardening, identifying wild edible plants, creating environmental art, music, and theater games. They enjoy wholesome outdoor play, develop leadership skills, and are inspired to eat healthy food that they harvest and prepare themselves. This year a core feature we are creating is “Family Saturday” to bring in valued parents/guardians and siblings outside of the age range into this celebration of community. Family members of campers will be asked to participate each Saturday. Our program is free of charge in order to be accessible to all. We also accept sliding scale donations to those who are able, and fundraising assistance to
make sure that every child has the same opportunity to thrive in nature!


Our camp staff and support: Kate Temple-West and Aresh Javadi are seasoned environmental educators who have collectively directed summer programs and worked in schools for close to twenty years. The camp also brings in internationally known gardening and nutrition experts, artists, storytellers and musicians. We visit other community
gardens where campers learn from some of the most experienced, dedicated (and fun!) urban farmers and earth advocates. Our camp is gifted by our highly talented team of college and high school interns, volunteers, and parents.
We have a child to adult ratio of 4:1, providing a lot of individual attention and care. We value each child’s creativity, individual learning style, and aim to make every activity so much fun that the learning happens effortlessly. We create a safe space with many observant eyes, while stepping back and allowing campers to discover many wonders on their own.
Our camp values are: honor everyone’s wisdom, find the wonder and mystery, discover beauty in nature and art, develop cooperation and collaboration, and empower each other through supportive community.

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12th Annual Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families
Jun
28
to Jul 4

12th Annual Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families

Our 12th annual summer camp out of the South Bronx, gives access to the great outdoors to families providing free outdoor education and environmental arts in local community gardens and parks every year in the month of July. The urban youth and their families who join our free summer camp live in Mott Haven, Bronx that has one of the highest rates of asthma, diabetes and poverty in the country. Our campers understand the impact of pollution and environmental destruction firsthand. They are given the opportunity to enjoy nature, and they also want to get a chance to advocate for a healthier neighborhood and planet. 

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Châhârshanbe Suri  2017 (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) NYC Fire Festival
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Châhârshanbe Suri 2017 (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) NYC Fire Festival

Celebrated by Iranian and Iranic peoples in Iran and across the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Tuesday Night, March 15th (Wednesday Eve) to usher Nowruz  New Year, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.

Join us for a transformational fire jumping night, in a Lower East Side community garden ushering in the spring! Free.

Location: El Jardin del Paraiso Community garden, at 309 East 4th Street (both entrances btw Avenues C & D)

 

There will be fire, music of Amir Vahab Ensemble, Fire Performance by Cinder Petrichor, FalGoosh/fortune telling Kate Temple-West, and yummy potluck traditional food. Please bring fresh *food and refreshment to share,

*Food is potluck so please bring food and refreshments to share. 

Please Email me aresh@moregardens.org or call 917-518-9987 if you are bringing any food or like to help  - PLEASE JOIN THE PLANNING MEETUP.

 

Facebook Page
 

Your kind donation will brighten our fires:
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Presented by Aresh Javadi of More Gardens! organization's with much thanks to El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, and fortune telling by Kate Temple-West.

 


More Insights:

Literally the eve of 'Red Wednesday' or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year are called in. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red color; And take back my unhealthy pallor). 

Some practicalities: The fire is high in the beginning, and low near the end, so you get to choose how high you wanna jump!


Fal-Gûsh

Iranians believe that certain days are especially good for divination. During the Chaharshanbe Suri, divination, especially by listening to the conversations of the passers by and interpreting that which is heard (fālgūsh) as a sign is quite common. Kate Temple-West is a witch, which is close enough (and married to a Persian!)

 

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HONK for More Gardens! Parade - NYC 2016
Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

HONK for More Gardens! Parade - NYC 2016

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  • Google Calendar ICS

HONK NYC! & MORE GARDENS!
2016 East Village Parade for More Gardens!

The third annual collaboration between More Gardens! and HONK NYC in support of all that is green & beautiful in New York.

Celebrate the rich history of public space...the alchemy of gardeners....the shared experience of neighborhood and commmunity with us. 

DAY OF INFO: Stop by Lucky at 168 Avenue B (between 10th and 11th) for answers to all your questions!!! 

SCHEDULE:

12 noon to 2pm:
Meet us in Children's Magical Garden Community and Supporters at 129 Stanton St. (near Essex) for a kid's craft workshop with Calling All Parties, followed by a tour of the gardens led by Aresh Javadi, and visiting artists, Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band(founders of the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, MA) and La Fanfare Invisible from Paris.

2pm - 4pm:
Drop in to La Plaza Cultural Community Garden for a feast of percussion! Featuring Ricardo Torres and Sambata, The Lower Eastside Girls Club's Seriously Noisy Marching Band, and a workshop at 3pm by Scott Kettnerof Maracatu New York

3pm - 6pm:
Tompkins Square Park is the place for all things brassy! 
Featuring performances by

Environmental Encroachment (Chicago)
Kings County Pipes & Drums - Brooklyn's very own.
Kenny Wollesen & The Tigers
Le Pompier Poney Club (Marseille, FR) - making their NYC debut.
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
plus more surprises!

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Free Environmental day Summer Camp at Children's Magical Garden, NYC 2016
Jul
11
to Aug 13

Free Environmental day Summer Camp at Children's Magical Garden, NYC 2016

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Children’s Magical Garden Free Day Summer Camp 2016

Dates: July 11th to August 13th (5 weeks)

Time:  12 PM - 5 PM,  Monday to Friday

Ages: 7-12

 

Super Fun Outdoor Environmental Education  

Growing Fresh Healthy Food and herbs in the Garden

Build our new Community Chicken Coop

Team-building though nature games; Community Arts Tree-climbing, Permaculture; Leadership-skills

Free to all! We welcome sliding-scale donations and sponsorships

Ratio of child to adults 5:1

All activities take place at Children’s Magical Garden 129 Stanton Street, corner of on Norfolk Street as well as on field trips to urban farms and other community gardens.  Rainy days, come inside our cedar shed or do activities at Essex Market!

Application Contact: Feng Chen at fengc24@yahoo.com(646) 732-9462      

Children’s Magical Garden: 129 Stanton Street, Lower East Side, New York, NY 10002

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Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families
Jun
29
to Jul 6

Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families

Our summer camp gives access to the great outdoors to families providing free outdoor education and environmental arts in local community gardens and parks every year in the month of July. The urban youth and their families who join our free summer camp live in Mott Haven, Bronx that has one of the highest rates of asthma, diabetes and poverty in the country. Our campers understand the impact of pollution and environmental destruction firsthand. They are given the opportunity to enjoy nature, and they also want to get a chance to advocate for a healthier neighborhood and planet. 

 

The youth will gain hard skills learned from adaptive rock climbing, hiking, and camping. They will also gain valuable skills such as communication, discernment, critical thinking and foresight to help them thrive in the challenging environment of the South Bronx.
The tactile dance with nature through rock climbing creates a portal for personal and community accomplishment, responsibility, and self-acceptance. Our program helps the campers to take this shared sacred state in the outdoors back to NYC to empower our urban communities.
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Châhârshanbe Suri  (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) NYC Fire Festival
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Châhârshanbe Suri (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) NYC Fire Festival

Celebrated by Iranian and Iranic peoples in Iran and across the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Tuesday Night, March 15th (Wednesday Eve) to usher Nowruz  New Year, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.

Join us for a transformational fire jumping night, in a Lower East Side community garden ushering in the spring! Free.

Location: El Jardin del Paraiso Community garden, at 309 East 4th Street (both entrances btw Avenues C & D)

 

There will be fire, music of Amir Vahab Ensemble, Fire Performance by Cinder Petrichor, FalGoosh/fortune telling Kate Temple-West, and yummy potluck traditional food. Please bring fresh *food and refreshment to share,

*Food is potluck so please bring food and refreshments to share. 

Please Email me aresh@moregardens.org or call 917-518-9987 if you are bringing any food or like to help  - PLEASE JOIN THE PLANNING MEETUP.

 

Facebook Page
 

Your kind donation will brighten our fires:
https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=550a9450e4b0a5f4ac37a561



Presented by Aresh Javadi of More Gardens! organization's with much thanks to El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, and fortune telling by Kate Temple-West.

 


More Insights:

Literally the eve of 'Red Wednesday' or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year are called in. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red color; And take back my unhealthy pallor). 

Some practicalities: The fire is high in the beginning, and low near the end, so you get to choose how high you wanna jump!


Fal-Gûsh

Iranians believe that certain days are especially good for divination. During the Chaharshanbe Suri, divination, especially by listening to the conversations of the passers by and interpreting that which is heard (fālgūsh) as a sign is quite common. Kate Temple-West is a witch, which is close enough (and married to a Persian!)

 

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Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec
21
3:00 PM15:00

Winter Solstice Celebration

Come celebrate the return of light on the Solstice.
Bring beeswax candle, bulbs to plant in the earth, bright smiles, a beat, a bite to share and your bright visions

Program
3.30pm Opening
3.45pm Children's Dream Bulb Planting
make a wish for yourself, for the future of our community garden & plant cover crop seeds and bulbs!

4.00pm Sing to our apple tree to thank the tree for our harvest this year, and encourage the tree to give us another great harvest next year.

Live Music: Rude Mechanical Orchestra!

Free Snacks & Hot Beverages provided by Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop and Children's Magical Garden! 
Bring a bite to share :)

Date: Monday, December 21st 3 - 6 pm

Location: 129 Stanton Street, Corner of Norfolk and Stanton, Lower East Side, Manhattan.

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2015 East Village Cavalcade for More Gardens!
Oct
17
12:30 PM12:30

2015 East Village Cavalcade for More Gardens!

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HONK NYC! & MORE GARDENS!
2015 East Village Cavalcade for More Gardens!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015, Noon to 6
Hosted at LA PLAZA GARDEN, 9th & C
with PARADES THROUGHOUT THE EAST VILLAGE


ON OCTOBER 17, MORE GARDENS!, a leading community organization for the protection, celebration and expansion of gardens throughout NYC, joins HONK NYC with local and global street bands to host an annual East Village/LES garden & neighborhood parade and creative community summit.


The creative blood and spirit of NYC runs deep through the East Village, the LES, and its lifeline of community gardens. Join us as we parade to these oases and stay with us for a celebration--a crescendo of revelry, incantation, action &
15th anniversary memory of Esperanza--at one of NYC's great garden spaces.

General lay of the day:

12:30 -1 PM MEET TO MARCH at La Plaza Community Garden. 

Come costumed or as you are. Carry a flag or handmade puppet as you wish. The community is invited to join the bands on a 45-minute parade from La Plaza through the East Village visiting gardens enroute. The LES is poised to be zoned as a "GARDEN COMMUNITY DISTRICT." After years of sweat, love & vision, let's help bring this all the way HOME!


2:00 @ LA PLAZA. Join us for marvels of live full-bodied music, theater, arts & crafts and garden lore.
Global and local featured acts:

The Human JukeBox Brass Band - soulful, smooth, just right
Seriously Noisy - the Lower Eastside Girls Club band!!!
Les Vilains Chicot - bringing funky grooves and beats from Paris
Ken Field-and-20-person theater troupe brulesque performing ”Hello Folly” by Pat Oleszko
Kings County Pipes & Drums - an infusion of bagpipes fills the land
New Creations Brass Band - from New Orleans, bringing IT
Environmental Encroachment - Chicago's performance brass
Batala New York City - our own all female full power samba force

Contact Aresh at 917-518-9987 , or email: aresh@moregardens.org

Organizations and Performers, wanting to Participate (table, speak, display, present) Apply Here

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2015 Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families
Jun
26
to Jul 5

2015 Free Environmental Upstate Summer Camp - South Bronx Campers and Families

Registration at Padres Plaza Community Garden from 3-5pm on Wednesday, June 24th

The first day of Camp to get ready for our trip is on Saturday, June 27th at 9 am - day ending at 4 pm

Sunday, June 28th - 9 am all family members going on the trip are invited to come and prepare for the next day's trip to the Catskill mountains.

Monday, June 29th - Sunday, July 5th  - Board two vans and head to our Upstate climbing destination in the Minnewaska State Park & Mohonk Preserve:

The youth will gain hard skills learned from adaptive rock climbing, hiking, and camping. They will also gain valuable skills such as communication, discernment, critical thinking and foresight to help them thrive in the challenging environment of the South Bronx.
The tactile dance with nature through rock climbing creates a portal for personal and community accomplishment, responsibility, and self-acceptance. Our program helps the campers to take this shared sacred state in the outdoors back to NYC to empower our urban communities.
 

Our summer camp gives access to the great outdoors to families providing free outdoor education and environmental arts in local community gardens and parks every year in the month of July. The urban youth and their families who join our free summer camp live in Mott Haven, Bronx that has one of the highest rates of asthma, diabetes and poverty in the country. Our campers understand the impact of pollution and environmental destruction firsthand. They are given the opportunity to enjoy nature, and they also want to get a chance to advocate for a healthier neighborhood and planet. 
The campers and their family members are taken for a 7-day camping trip upstate in the Catskill Mountains. The camp offers free tuition, use of camp equipment, as well as free organic lunch and snacks, and all meals included for the camping trip. We provide campsites, tents, sleeping bags, canoes, and gear for all our campers, as well as teaching tools, identification books, gardening and art supplies, creating the best possible safe, supportive adventure and learning experience. 

Campers, counselors, and parents teach and share what they learn with the wider community throughout the year at Padre Plaza community garden, sharing their love of the outdoors through plays and interactive presentations to hundreds of community members at the local farmer’s market.

Through games, creative arts and nature excursions campers, parents and junior counselors learn:

  • Nature awareness including plant, animal, and insect identification

  • Creative arts such as book-making, theater, and puppetry on environmental themes

  • Outdoor Education such as swimming in the ocean and in lakes, tree climbing, hiking and canoeing

  • Outdoorspersonship including tenting, fire building, wilderness first-aid

  • Cooking and learning healthy eating for and by campers, parents, & staff

 

More Information please Call 917-518-9987  

 

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Chaharshanbeh Soori - Festival of Fire - El Jardin del Paraiso Community Garden
Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Chaharshanbeh Soori - Festival of Fire - El Jardin del Paraiso Community Garden

Châhârshanbe Suri  (Persianچهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) is a fire jumping festival celebrated by Iranian and Iranic peoples in Iran and across the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Tuesday Night, March 17th (Wednesday Eve) to usher Nowruz  New Year, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.

Join us for a transformational fire jumping night, in a Lower East Side community garden celebrating the Festival of Fire to usher in the spring! Free.

Location: El Jardin del Paraiso Community garden, Entrance at 706 East 5th Street, as well as 311 East 4th Street (both entrances btw Avenues C & D)

Time: 5.30 pm till 8.30pm

Contact: Aresh Javadi, 917-518-9987

There will be music, FalGush/fortune telling, and traditional food. Please bring fresh food and refreshment to share, and more ...


Presented by Aresh Javadi of More Gardens! organization's with much thanks to El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, and fortune telling by Kate Temple-West.
 


More Insights:

Literally the eve of 'Red Wednesday' or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year are called in. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red color; And take back my unhealthy pallor). 

Some practicalities: The fire is high in the beginning, and low near the end, so you get to choose how high you wanna jump!

Astrology

Much of the symbolism of this act links to astrological connotations associated with sign of Pisces or Esfand, or the 12th House related to the subconscious mind, hidden resources, hidden problems, social responsibility. The human has to face his ultimate fears and does so by jumping over the fire. That cleansing act is necessary before the advent of the Spring at the Vernal Equinox. ( is chosen because of its ancient association with being the fourth day of Mercury or Kherad, and Mercury being the messenger of Gods.

Fal-Gûsh

Iranians believe that certain days are especially good for divination. During the Chaharshanbe Suri, divination, especially by listening to the conversations of the passers by and interpreting that which is heard (fālgūsh) as a sign is quite common. Kate Temple-West is a witch, which is close enough (and married to a Persian!)

 

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More Gardens! & Permaculture Action Tour: NYC Action Day @SmilingHogshead Ranch & Mystery Community Garden
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

More Gardens! & Permaculture Action Tour: NYC Action Day @SmilingHogshead Ranch & Mystery Community Garden

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Join the Perma-Blitz as More Gardens! are Pushing Through the Pavement: A Permaculture Action Tour. We will have several hands on projects, skillshares, performance pieces and a pot-luck lunch to join and participate in. So come get your hands dirty, feed your mind, and break bread with community as we mobilize to create abundance in our city.
In addition to all the magic listed above, we will be painting banners and at 2pm, we will mobilize and have a subway processional from Smiling Hogshead Ranch to Coney Islands Boardwalk Community Garden at West 22nd Between Surfside Ave and Coney Island's Seaside Boardwalk map. Our rally is to highlight the return of this bulldozed community garden to its original location and call for "preservation and self-governance" of the entire community gardening culture here in NYC.
So join us early to plant fruit trees, build a hugelkuture and paint some banners. Bring a dish for the potluck, we eat at 1pm. Then enjoy more conversations and conviviality on the subway with tons of friends as we ride to meet up for an action in the afternoon. It will be a full day of fun and activism as we fertilize and pollinate our grassroots movement. One Love!

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More Gardens! & HonkNYC Cavalcade for Community Gardens! - Join Us!
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

More Gardens! & HonkNYC Cavalcade for Community Gardens! - Join Us!

This Saturday, October 18, More Gardens & HONKNYC is presenting the East Village Cavalcade for Community Gardens from 2-6pm. 

More Gardens! and Honk NYC are collaborating on an exciting community garden parade/s. Weaving through the Lower East Side and East Village community gardens.

HONK is an international activist brass band extravaganza and for the third collaborative year with More Gardens! they are marching through to the Lower East Side to highlight preservation and self-governance of community gardens worldwide.

Bring family & loved ones; it's going to be a special day. 

Wear your greenest clothes, turn into a bright red tomato or a beaming sunflower. Bring a banner, sign and your dancing feet.

Three brass bands will march from three different community gardens en route to Tompkins Square.
Cavalcade  # 1 will begin at Oasis community garden (map 370 E 8th Street) be there by 2:00 pm; 
Cavalcade #2 will start at El Jardin del Paraiso (map 704 E 5th Street) be there by 3:30pm and 

Cavalcade #3 will begin at Children's Magical Garden (map 129 Stanton St.) be there by 3.15pm. 

 

These international bands will cavalcade to various community gardens with you and converge at Tompkins Square Park for a finale to behold.

Come early for banner making and face painting at 11 am at Children's Magical Garden,  (map 129 Stanton St.)

 

If your garden would like to host additional bands contact Aresh at aresh@moregardens.org917-518-9987.

All greening groups and neighborhood organizations are invited to participate and table at Tompkins Square. Please Call Aresh at 917-518-9987 to confirm or just bring your table. This is a continuation of the Climate Change March, support Mother Earth and celebrate our community gardens! United we Grow!
 

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Rise Up and Green The Bronx Summer Camp
Jun
30
to Jul 12

Rise Up and Green The Bronx Summer Camp

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Our summer camp promotes responsibility and learning through thinking, teamwork and action. 


Campers, their parents, and community grow together while immersing in nature education.

Food is free organic and prepared locally.


The Summer Camp hosts two locations:

Upstate Camping
More Gardens! brings campers ages 8-12 with their parent to upstate camps around the 4th of July weekend for a total nature immersion. 

Community Garden Camp in the South Bronx
The campers enjoy trips to the Botanical, Canoeing on the Bronx River, visiting other community gardens .....

We bring amazing guest teachers for wilderness training, herbal and plant wisdom, native american teachings, puppetry, yoga, composting and many more.

We learn and play with nature, rising up to respect who we are and where we come from. 

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