Growing in NYC: TWO Urban Ag Workshops Not to Miss TOMORROW 9/20 During Climate Convergence/LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival

NYC Foodscape is moderating two urban ag workshops this Saturday, September 20 at LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens), where Climate Convergence events are “converging” with the LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival in a day of food justice and gardening workshops and teach-ins leading up to the People’s Climate March on Sunday. 


Urban Ag: Growing a Just Food System

This Land is Your Land
Photo Courtesy of 596 Acres

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: La Plaza Cultural garden, E. 9th St. & Avenue C, East Village, New York City

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 climate and 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 we can trust and how to get access to land to grow it ourselves.

Moderator: Carolyn Zezima, NYC Foodscape

Barbara Sibley, La Palapa Cocina Mexicana 
Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network
Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC

Plus two added panelists:
Maggie Cheney, EcoStation /Bushwick Campus Farm
Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres

Here's land you can use
Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres

La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez is located at the southwest corner of E. 9th Street & Avenue C. 



Small Small and Straw Bale Gardening Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Campos Community Garden garden, 9th St. & Avenue C, NYC

NYC Foodscape will give tips on growing food in small spaces, highlighting some of its small space garden projects, including last years’ straw bale garden at the Children’s Garden at Campos, The Talking Farm and others, and giving a hands-on demo in prepping and growing in straw:

Square Foot Garden
Square Foot Garden, The Talking Farm
Straw Bale Garden, Children’s Garden at Campos


Permanent Children’s Garden at Campos, Summer 2014
Nourishing Kitchen's Junior Chef's Garden
Nourishing Kitchen’s Junior Chef’s Garden
Students at Battery Urban Farm
Students at Battery Urban Farm
Herb Spiral, The Talking Farm
Herb Spiral, The Talking Farm


For more details on Climate Convergence, LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival and the Climate March, see, 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. 

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