By: Casey Barrett
Casey, Gabriel, and the Farm Team at Groundwork Hudson Valley picked up 14 scaffolding lumber boards for the construction of new garden beds! We received donated lumber from Build It Green NYC, which is an incredible non-profit organization with ambitions of removing industrial waste out of the trash and into warehouses with in both Astoria, Queens and in Brooklyn. If you’re in need of anything for your house, apartment, or office check it out! Also, if you are a local non-profit in need of building supplies, Build It Green will aid in providing you with what you need for free or for a fraction of the cost!
After returning to Hunter View with the lumber and after parting ways with the Groundwork Farm Team, Casey and I ventured from the Bronx back to Queens to visit one of the world’s most influential and iconic places for urban agricultural progression, The Brooklyn Grange. I had read the the grange offers a small farmer’s market and free tours on Wednesdays. However, what I neglected to realize that there are multiple locations. The Long Island City location was the first one to pop up on Google, and they only offered tours on Saturdays. DO NOT GO TO THE GRANGE ON AN OFF-RECREATIONAL DAY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
After grabbing a hummus cheddar sammie with Brooklyn Grange greens and an iced latte at COFFEED, Casey and I decided to bite the bullet and cab it to Brooklyn to the other location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Upon arriving we were greeted with smiles, and were welcomed to walk around and explore the fantastic views and growth of the rooftop oasis. It was beyond worth the stress of travel. With stunning views of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn you wouldn’t believe that were were acres of cultivation space on the roof of an operational manufacturing building. Walking through the windrows where vegetables and flowers were growing happily, you almost forgot you were up so high. We learned that a large portion of what is grown is purchased by local restaurants and the rest is sold at farmer’s markets. It was a dynamic place that was truly inspiring as we begin to evaluate expanding Hunter View.
Link to Build It Green: http://www.bignyc.org/
Link to Brooklyn Grange: http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/
Here we have our very own produce (Eggplants and Jalapenos) on sale at the Yonker’s Go Fresh Farmer’s Market and Co-Op! The market is located in downtown Yonkers and is held every Saturday from 10a.m.-4p.m.! How exciting!
The Science Barge, located in right on the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers, NY is one of the most unique and influential centers of urban agriculture. Serving as both a source for community development and progressing educational awareness of urban … Continue reading
So I came across this mini series presented by the Sierra Club. It is not only hysterical, but it is relatable for the generation it wishes to impact.
Even more of a reason why I’d love to work for them in the future.
when there’s a blackberry to pick & eat! Plenty in the process of ripening in East Hill Garden!
is one of my most favorite museums in New York City. The museum is unique in that it brings a conceptualization of natural life to a place that has slowly distanced itself from the true natural brilliance in which the city was originally constructed. Furthermore, it explores the core of nature itself and outlines it in a way that is relatable to people and cultures from all around the world. When you leave, you leave more cultured, and with a deeper connection to what makes you who you are in relation to the surrounding world.
Among one of the most impressive exhibitions I had the pleasure of visiting was located in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, was an impressive and strong man with a deep and compassionate love for nature. His profundity and influence is felt throughout the museum, his insight lining the walls showcased through an array of quotes and images.
Regarded as America’s first conversationalist president, Roosevelt set aside land under the authority of the federal government for the protection and benefit of both wildlife and of human wellness. Although he acknowledged the beauty and spiritual cleansing that nature evoked in the mind and soul, he also saw the environment instrumentally. He asserts, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.”
This ideal emphasizes a rationality between the preservation and respect of nature, while still acknowledging the importance of natural resources for human prosperity, development, and livelihood. This collaboration of both spiritual and factual acknowledgment of the ecological world enabled Roosevelt to be revered as one of the most influential environmental thinkers and activists, as well as one of my most highly regarded environmental role models.