Support Open Spaces

Sustainability Series

WHEN: Join Us on Wed. Feb 11 at 6:30 – Networking – 7 PM program

WE NEED OUR OPEN SPACES – New York City policies allow the sale of community gardens and other open spaces? How can we protect open spaces and City Parks?

Tupper Thomas – New Yorkers for Parks

Aziz Dehkan – NYC Coalition of Community Gardens

Paula Segal – 596 Acres – NYC Community Land Access Advocate

Meg Fellerath, Board President Brooklyn Queens Land Trust

WHERE: Seafarers & international House – 123 E. 15th Street, corner Irving Pl. Manhattan
Subways: Union Square Sta. 4/5/ L/N/Q/R

$6 Suggested donation – $ 3 students

Rally for Community Gardens Tue. Feb 10 at 9 AM at City Hall
17 community gardens are slated for destruction


Back to Eden: Upcoming Garden Themed Events at MOBIA

Naomi Reis Vertical Garden (Weeds), 2007 Acrylic and ink mixed-media collage on mylar 53 x 35 inches Collection of Katarina Maxianova and Aaron Hagedorn

Wed. July 23: Special Lecture with Juanli Carrión

Join artist Juanli Carrión tonight at 6:30pmat MOBIA. He will describe his current outdoor project in TriBeCa, Outer Seed Shadow #01, in which he interviewed individuals from various ethnic groups and countries, all of whom live in Manhattan, and each person elected a plant representing his or her origin to include in Carrión’s garden.

Attendance is free. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or email

Mary Temple Preparatory drawing for North Wall, South Light, Garden, from the series Light Installations 2002-Present, 2014 Acrylic on existing architecture 12 1/2 x 13 ½ ft. Courtesy of the Artist and Mixed Greens, New York

Sun. July 27: Artist Talk: Mary Temple

Join Mary Temple this Sunday, July 27th, at 3pm as she discusses North Wall, South Light, Garden, the light installation she created this year for MOBIA.

Attendance is free. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or email

Tues. August 5: Planting the Seed: The Garden as Symbol in Contemporary Art

From Japanese rock gardens, to medieval cloistered gardens, to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the garden has held symbolic meaning across cultures and throughout history. Join Back to Eden curator Jennifer Scanlan and artists Naomi Reis and Lina Puerta, on August 5th at 6:30pm, in a special tour of the exhibition and discussion about the symbolic meanings of the garden in the exhibition and in the artists’ work.

Attendance is free. Registration is required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or

Events: Greenthumb July 2014 Events

Visit the Greenthumb calendar for details about the following events:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Essex Street Community Garden
Workshop: Build a Sifter for Finished Compost
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Location: Essex Street Community Garden
Cost: Free

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Bronx Food and Farms Trolley Tour: Independent Spirit
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: Bronx Trolley Tour Pickup
Cost: Tickets are $30, payable by cash or a check made out to La Familia Verde, with proceeds going directly to support the Bronx community gardens and urban farms you visit.

Event: Help Chefs & Farmers Reinvent Local-Food Culture with Tech

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

57 East 11th Street
4th floor
NY, NY (map)
south of Union Square; use door-keyboard to enter METRO

Register at:

These days, tech connects us. But food always has–now in new ways via fantastic online systems, web extras and apps…

For our upcoming quarterly event near the Union Square Farmer’s Market, NYCultural Tech features speakers from innovative FarmersWeb and GoodEggs, who will inspire us with software that is at the cusp of a major revolution in the local-food movement.

Have you read the new book by BlueHill chef/farmer Dan Barber? Just released last month, The Third Plate, helps to redirect the local-food movement in a more sustainable way. It encourages cuisine made from available food from nearby mid-sized farms, instead of cherry-picked and out-of-season ingredients for set recipes that is the norm.

Events: Greenthumb June 2014 Events

Visit the Greenthumb calendar for details about the following events:

Saturday, June 21, 2014
GreenThumb Summer Festival
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Summit Street Garden Tag Sale
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Summit Street Community Garden (in ), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greene Acres Community Garden Workshop: Weeds & Composting
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Location: Greene Acres Community Garden
Cost: Free

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
GreenThumb Workshop: Double Raised Bed Building
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Location: Family Group Garden/Latinos Unidos (in ), Bronx
Cost: Free

Saturday, June 28, 2014
East New York Garden Tour
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: UCC Youth Farm
Cost: Free

Events: Make Music New York Garden Venues

Make Music New York, an annual summer solstice event held on June 21 brings musicians to public sites all over New York City. Find community and public garden venues at the Make Music New York website. Although the West 104th Street Community Garden, where I am a member, missed the deadline, we are having our own music festival, Saturday, June 21 from 1-3pm. Come join us at West 104th Street between Central Park West and Manhattan Avenue or at one of the many garden venues and Make Music NY!