March, Eat and Learn During Weekend of Love for Mother Earth, September 20 and 21– with LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival, NYC Climate Convergence and People’s Climate March


On Sunday, September 21, 2014, the People’s Climate March takes place in New York City, with an expected attendance in the several hundred thousands, representing over 1,000 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and more, all working together to take the message about climate change and action to the streets.

The March takes place the day before world leaders arrive in New York City for a Climate summit at the United Nations. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming.

Participating groups are hosting events in the days leading up to Sunday’s March. Saturday, September 20 is a day full of food justice and gardening events, hosted by LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) and NYC Climate Convergence among other groupsNYC Foodscape is moderating a couple of workshops on Saturday, including an NYC Urban Agriculture panel with NYC Climate Convergence at La Plaza Cultural Garden and a Straw Bale and Small Space Gardening Workshop at Campos Community Garden (See below for details).

Here’s a run-down of food justice and garden-focused events leading up to and including the People’s Climate March.


Saturday, September 20 – We talk. We sing. We dance.

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In 33 Community Gardens across the Lower East Side






The 2014 Harvest Arts Festival in the Gardens is organized by LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) and sponsored by NYCCGC (The New York City Community Garden Coalition). This year’s festival is supported in part by generous grants from The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and The Citizens Committee for New York City.

The Festival will have an opening night party on Friday evening September 19, at La Plaza Cultural Avenue C & 9th St. On Saturday September 20, the Festival will be offering extensive workshops and teach-ins in the many community gardens on the Lower East Side that will address many topics including climate change, food justice, social justice, fracking and other environmental issues.

This year’s Harvest Arts Festival is closely coordinating its events with the People’s Climate Change March. So along with countless harvest activities, environmental and gardening workshops, music and food, LUNGS is one of the sites for NYC Climate Convergence workshop on Urban Agriculture (See Climate Convergence events below).

What to Expect

  • The Third Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival 2014 is taking place in more than 30 community gardens on the Lower East Side on Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21.
  • This year, the Festival coincides with the People’s Climate March. In support of the March, many gardens will host workshops and teach-ins on a wide range of environmental issues.
  • LUNGS is working closely with Converge for Climate to coordinate our own homegrown workshops and theirs. The NYC Climate Convergence is a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19 to 21 in conjunction with the People’s Climate March.
  • The gardens will also host fabulous performances in music, dance, theater, spoken word, on site visual artists, and more. One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is a performance by Bread and Puppet Theater of their new piece “Anti Tar Sands Manifesto Pageant”
  • On Sunday, the Festival gets on its feet as gardeners and friends join the People’s Climate March en masse.

Participating Gardens

  • Dias y Flores Garden, 13th St (B & C)
  • El Sol Brillante, 12th St (A & B)
  • El Sol Brillante Jr., 12th St (A & B)
  • Children’s Garden, 12th St (Ave B)
  • Campos Gardens, 12th St (B & C)
  • 11th Street Community Garden, 11th St (1st & A)
  • 11BC Garden, 11th St (B & C)
  • Toyota Children’s Garden, 11th St (B & C)
  • 9C Garden, Ave C (9th St)
  • La Plaza Cultural, Ave C (9th St)
  • DeColores Community Garden, 8th St (B & C)
  • Earth People Garden, 8th St (B & C)
  • Firemen’s Garden, 8th St (C & D)
  • Green Oasis and Gilbert’s Sculpture Garden, 8th St (C & D)
  • Creative Little Garden, 6th St (A & B)
  • 6B Garden, Ave B (6th St)
  • 6BC Botanical Garden, 6th St (B & C)
  • Generation X, 4th St (A & B)
  • Secret Garden, 4th St (Ave C)
  • Parque de Tranquilidad, 4th St (C & D)
  • El Jardin del Paraiso, 4th St (C & D)
  • Orchard Alley, 4th St (C & D)
  • Miracle Garden, 3rd St (A & B)
  • All People’s Garden, 3rd St (C & D)
  • Hope Garden, 2nd St (A & B)
  • Kenkeleba House Garden, 2nd St (B & C)
  • Peachtree Garden, 2nd St (B & C)
  • Le Petit Versailles, 2nd St (B & C)
  • Albert’s Garden, 2nd St (Bowery & 2nd Ave)
  • Liz Christy Garden, Houston (Bowery & Stanton)
  • Children’s Magical Garden, Norfolk & Stanton
  • Siempre Verde, Stanton St (Clinton & Attorney)
  • M’Finda Kalunga Garden, Delancey & Chrystie
  • LaGuardia Corner Gardens, LaGuardia Pl (Bleecker & Houston)
  • Elizabeth Street Garden, Prince & Spring

Harvest Arts Events in Campos Community Garden
As one of the best food-producing gardens in the Lower East Side, Campos was designated as the garden to highlight culinary arts during the Festival. Campos Community Garden, at E. 12th Street between Avenues B and C (where Children’s Garden at Campos is located), is conducting several Harvest Arts events:

  • ALL DAY: Viewing of site specific sculpture, SPIRAL, by Jose Landoni,
    sponsored by Art Loisaida Foundation and Campos Garden (as part of ALF’s Artist Residency Program funded by NYC Councilperson Rosie Mendez through DCA)
  • 1-3 p.m.: GrowNYC cooking demonstrations by Kathleen Crosby and NYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education demonstrating composting techniques
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: NYC Foodscape’s Carolyn Zezima GARDENING IN SMALL URBAN SPACES
    This workshop addresses various techniques of gardening in small spaces including raised beds and straw bale gardening, using Children’s Garden at Campos as an onsite example.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Aziz Dehkan DIALOGUES WITH LOCAL FOOD GROWERS
    The Executive Director of NYCCGC, moderates a conversation with East
    Village and other NYC community gardeners who grow food for their own table. This panel will include discussion about growing food by ordinary people in NYC of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds & its effect on a wide range of topics, gardening techniques, grassroots awareness of the climate, and community building. Members of Campos Community Garden will provide tastings of dishes prepared from ingredients grown at the host garden.
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Dawoud Kringle, plays Sitar & Dilruba. Dawoud will present a performance of a new work inspired by Jose Landoni sculpture SPIRAL with food made by garden members prepared using fresh ingredients grown in the garden.
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Robert Galinsky OPEN MIC
    Campos Community Garden member Robert Galinsky offers an open mic for local musicians, comedians, dancers, singers, and climate activists.

For a full schedule of Harvest Arts Festival Events, visit the LUNGS Web site.



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NYC Climate Convergence is gathering and conference designed as an “alternative summit” to the UN Climate Summit. It’s objective is to “build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. ” The Convergence is scheduled to begin with an opening plenary on the evening of Friday, September 19, 2014, followed by a full day of educational and movement building events on Saturday, September 20, 2014, culminating in the largest climate march in history on Sunday, September 21, 2014. NYC Climate Convergence conference is hosting many workshops and events. Here are a sample of food justice-related workshops that NYC Climate Convergence is hosting, including several in partnership with LUNGS at gardens around the Lower East Side:


Location: La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez (southwest corner of 9th Street & Avenue C).

10:45-12:15 NYC Urban Ag: Growing a Just Food System
The urban agriculture movement is thriving in many cities all over the country–indeed, all over the world–because citizens see enormous benefit to their local economies, environment, and health. And New York City is at the forefront of this movement with urban farmers and food producers of all stripes, from community gardeners supplementing their food budgets, social enterprise farms that provide jobs and training to build economic opportunity, CSAs that connect urban and rural farmers to communities that lack access to affordable and healthy produce, and for-profit rooftop and other scalable urban food enterprises that help supply consumers’ and restaurants’ booming demand for local organic produce. Fostering a strong New York City agriculture and food production is an effective way to address multiple food justice issues, including food safety, food security, and food sovereignty. Hear from people working to make it possible for NYC residents to have sources of local healthy food that they can trust.
Moderator: Carolyn Zezima, NYC Foodscape
Panelists: Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC, Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network, Chef Barbara Sibley, La Palapa

Chef Sibley will be bringing a dish from her East Village restaurant, La Palapa, and a team of vegan chefs from around the country will be cooking healthy, local food for attendees to taste.


Other NYC Climate Convergence Food Justice Workshops and Events

Location: St. John’s University, 51 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003, CNCRSE C06

9-10:30 a.m. The Carbon Underground
Stopping fossil-foolishness isn’t enough. We’ve got to get the carbon in the atmosphere back underground. There are tried and true, low-tech ways to do this: organic agriculture, composting and carbon ranching. If practiced globally, these soil-building techniques could sequester 100 percent of current annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Andre Leu, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
Ben Grosscup, Northeast Organic Farming Association
Adam Sacks, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Tom Newmark, The Carbon Underground

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Film Screening: Soil Carbon Cowboys
Peter Byck’s short film introduces Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis, ranchers who are regenerating their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable.
Dr. Richard Teague, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Texas A&M University
Seth Itzkan, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Planet-TECH Associates

12:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:15-3:45 p.m. Family Farmers Can Solve the Climate Crisis, But Only if We Restore Economic Justice
The world’s 2 billion family farmers, whose low-tech, land-management practices conserve water, improve soil health, prevent soil erosion and increase crop yields, are capable of feeding the world. They also hold the solution to climate change: The more organic matter they add to the soil, the more CO2 they draw out of the atmosphere.

But while family farmers, primarily in the Global South, produce 70 percent of the world’s food on 25 percent of the world’s land, these so-called “subsistence farmers” have always struggled. Climate change makes their struggle even harder. How do we empower these farmers and reverse global warming at the same time? In this workshop, farmers from the U.S. and around the world will offer their proposals for economic justice, from support for organic and Fair Trade agriculture, to community rights to natural resources, and the human right to food.
Speakers 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Jim Shultz, The Democracy Center (moderator)
Antolin Huascar, Confederacion Nacional Agraria Peru/La Via Campesina
Yvette Aguilar, The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers’ Organizations (CLAC)
Dr. Tolbert Jallah, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
Speakers 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Nancy Romer, Brooklyn Food Coalition (moderator)
Dena Hoff, National Family Farmers Coalition/La Via Campesina
Will Allen, Cedar Circle Farm (VT)
Elizabeth Henderson, Northeast Organic Farming Association

4:00-5:30 p.m. Cook Organic Not the Planet: Now that the U.S. Supports “Climate-Smart Agriculture” Is Reform of Our Climate-Dumb Food System Possible?
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Tara Ritter, Rural Climate Network
Elizabeth Kucinich, Center for Food Safety
Anna Lappe, Small Planet Institute, author Diet for a Hot Planet

5:00-6:15 PM: Climate Assembly | El Jardin del Paraiso | East 5th Street between Aves C & D

7:00- 9:00 PM: Closing Plenary | St. Peter’s Church | 619 Lexington Avenue
Doors at 6:30 PM.
Naomi Klein — Author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, No Logo, The Shock Doctrine
Jacqui Patterson — NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Desmond D’Sa — 2014 Goldman Prize recipient from South Africa
Olga Bautista — Southeast Side Coalition Against Petcok

For the full schedule of Climate Convergence workshops, click here

To register for the Climate Convergence Conference, click here  


Sunday, September 21 – We walk.

PCMflags02web“With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.” People’s Climate March


People’s Climate March Details

When: 11:30 am, Sunday, September 21st

Assembly Location: Central Park West, between 59th and 86th streets.

March Route:
The march will begin at 11:30 am. leave Columbus Circle and go east on 59th Street, turn onto 6th Ave. and go south to 42nd Street, turn right onto 42nd Street and go west to 11th Ave, turn left on 11th Ave. and go south to 34th Street

End Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Many different groups are collaborating and marching together local New York-area community groups, international NGOs, grassroots networks, congregations and faith organizations, and many, many more. For more details about the Climate March, including organizing principles and groups, resources and a toolkit for outreach and social media, such as flyers, posters, sample email blasts, phone scripts, and access to online “hubs” to join groups that interest you, visit the People’s Climate March Web site. 


Marching for Food Justice: Food Justice Contingent of the People’s Climate March

Brooklyn Food Coalition (BFC) is organizing the Food Justice contingent for the March. Here’s what BFC’s Nancy Romer says about why food lovers should march in this historic March and details about how to join and march the food justice contingent:

“The People’s Climate March will be huge and the Food Justice contingent will be marching as part of the “solutions” section of the march. Food Justice is one of the many solutions to the climate crisis: a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system. We will depict the many ways a local and organic food system, free of corporate domination, can decrease greenhouse gasses created in the large scale growing, processing and distribution of food.  Also demonstrated will be how organic and sustainable agriculture and gardening can actually pull carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the soil where it belongs and how good jobs in the food system can help create a more equitable society!

Marching under our banner will be farmers, community and school gardeners, celebrity chefs, restaurant workers and culinary students in “kitchen whites”, food processing workers, food coop and CSA, members, farmers market enthusiasts, bee keepers, anti-hunger and pro-health advocates as well as garden variety food justice activists and foodies.  Look for our beautiful food justice signs. And watch out for our giant onion/globe with a root system that connects all of our contingent.  Listen to our pots and pans percussion action as we bring the tradition of “housewives” and people who cook into our message:  cook food not the planet.  Lots of music, kids, dancers and speeches from well known–Vandana Shiva–as well as lesser known local food heroes.

Logistics: We will be meeting on Central Park West north of Columbus Circle at 10:30 am (send us your email and we’ll inform you of the exact location as soon as it is assigned). Please bring hats, sun block, lots of water, whatever signs you wish to express your ideas, pots and pans and your great dedication to protecting our planet for generations to come. Kids are more than welcome to share this historic event with us!



Twitter: @lungsnyc; #lungsnyc; @nycconvergence; @nycfoodscape; @bkfoodcoalition; @Peoples_Climate

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