We envision a model community school that inspires resiliency, holistic sustainability, and personal responsibility.

The James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center transforms the grounds of DeWitt Clinton High School into a destination for learning, growing, health, and community.

In the "Community Hub", neighbors, students, parents, educators, and friends will connect and engage in permaculture practices in the ethos of social, environmental, and food justice.

The "School Hub" will be a versatile education and garden space including "The Welcome Table".
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
The image was created by one of our board memebers, Eytan Stanton. Ray juxstaposed the photo of James Baldwin to celebrate his birthday (August 2). Happy birthday dear Jimmy!
Join us Saturday, August 8, for the First ever JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market!
Eat local, buy local, stay healthy, build a stronger community

There'll be local farmer produce, Bronx Food and more. We feel that we have the ideal market space as our location sits at the intersection and Kingsbridge, Norwood, with Bedford Park, Van Cortlandt Village and Kingsbridge Heights all close by. We are within sight of Amalgamated housing and many of the residents who are volunteers can look down to see when we are on site. Tracy Towers is on the other side of the school building. We have a fantastic board and besides finding farmers and vendors we are mounting a promotional plan as well as community outreach to distribute surplus produce from vendors that we plan to purchase at wholesale for the most needed in our community in partnership with other organizations. We connect farmers with the community. This initiative is in line with our organization's mission devoted to food, environmental and social justice to build a healthier and holistic community.
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
Image credit: Eytan Stanton
We are taking a big step in our mission by launching our first Farmers Market! We need the help of our fellow community members to spread the word about this event and our organization. We really appreciate your help and are looking forward to seeing you at the market. Come out to meet our farmers, vendors and welcome them in.

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We build our stronger community !
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market site
Here, you can see our farmers market nicely nestled amongst towers, buildings, DeWitt Clinton Educational campus, Van Cortlandt Park on Northern side, and Jerome resourvoir on western side. And right next Meg's Garden Community and Edible Forest!
Garden Blessings

Freshly picked garlics, red potatoes, turnip greens, lettuce, herbs and other garden harvest awaiting to be donated
harvest at gardens- garlics, potatoes, lettuce and kale
We were glad to donate to our neighborhood food pantry POTS (Part Of The Solution) more than 30 pounds of fresh produce just harvested from our gardens in the early morning to ensure the virtues of the plants. Garlic, potatoes, kale, and lettuce were the major crops.

This time, we also invited our garden volunteers to bring unused non-perishable products for us to bring with our donation. POTS also accepts donation of good used clothing. So please save up and donate the next time as we want to continue this practice.

Special thanks to one of our most dedicated volunteers Miranda for coming to help us with harvesting and her generous donation of plenty of nonperishable canned food.
Still lots of things to do to grow more healthy vegetables for community and plenty of fun to be had in gardens during this challenging time of coronavirus
Environmnetal Internship - pea planting
Although we couldn't hold any JBOLC Spring events and had to go online to continue JBOLC Environmnetal Internship due to coronavirus, we are quite determined to grow more fresh healthy vegtables to share with community as we hear many community members complaining that they can't get enough fresh organic vegetables at stores. Lots of things to do and lots of seeds to be sown as the weather gets warm!
gardening with mask
gardening with mask
Featured above are some of our passionate gardeners with masks on. THANK YOU ALL for hard work and commitment!

One of our delights these days is to witness many passers-by taking time to admire tulips of diffrent colors and shapes in full bloom, which we planted around a Japanese maple tree last year during our 2019 Harvest Festival. It was also nice to see some photographers taking gorgeous pictures of them and some of them were kind enough to give us compliments and gratitude.
Abundant Harvest at Meg's garden in early Spring - to be Donated to POTS
garden harvest - collard and kale
Lots of collard green and kale at Meg's garden went through the harsh winter and turned very tasty, bigger and are getting ready to bloom as the weather has gotten warmer.(That is why they are called "Biennial")
We were able to harvest more than 70 lbs this time and excited to donate more than 30 lbs to a neighborhood pantry Part Of Solution after sharing with community members. We were also delighted to harvest plenty of aspagus after waiting three years. They were beautifully purple-colored, sweet and plump to become one of our favorite garden vegetables.
sharing harvest with community
In the picture above is also featured a newly built cold frame by Che and his partner Noah. Lots of seedlings are to be born there soon!
Mosaic Literary Conference 2019: Another Country

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11am

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
Big thanks to everyone who supported us and came to the conference!
Join us for this year's Mosaic Literary Conference on Saturday, November 16 from 11 to 6. We're invoking DWC alumnus James Baldwin in our quest to activate a collective green consciousness at a critical time for our planet and in our caring for future generations. This is a free event, follow this link to register today! https://www.mosaiclitcon.com/
There will be amazing people, conversations, workshops, and panels and scrumptious FOOD, and it's all free in the Bronx! This is also a local debut of sorts for the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strive for project-based solutions at the juncture of food, environmental and social justice. Learn more about our organization and consider getting involved. We're as grassroots as you can get - direct from the soil, soul and society of DeWitt Clinton High School!

Please come out to support this event inspired by James Baldwin and our need to live more and more sustainably. We are co-organizing with Literary Freedom Project which is committed to creating spaces that help leverage the power of books, culture, and education. Their programs value the variety of histories and cultures found in the Bronx and give residents places to build community and explore social engagement. It's timely: about our future on this planet! Our presenters are awesome champions at reconnecting us to the land. It's all free and there will be plenty of the best vegan food imaginable!
BRING YOUR ARTIFACTS OF NATURE

Where and how do you find home in nature? We are asking attendees to bring an "artifact of nature" to the conference. This could be an object, a shell, a stone, a photograph, a poem, a memory, a seed - something that represents your relationship to the natural environment or something that build a personal narrative to the land, the soil, the earth - either from the past or from the present. During lunch, attendees will be invited to share stories with one another and explore ways this artifact is or can become a lens to further meditation, reflection, and writing.

Join us this Saturday, when we ask, how would James Baldwin confront the ongoing environmental crisis that has disproportionately impacted the health and resiliency of Black lives; and what would be his expectations of writers, artists, politicians, and all "relatively conscious" individuals during this critical period of time?
The 2019 Mosaic Literary Conference explores how our literary community can interact and collaborate with garden communities to explore ways that urban dwellers can reclaim green consciousness, advocate for food sovereignty, and defend the environment that we rely upon for our health and survival.
We are sorry that our food scrap drop off site is closed due to COVID-19 until further notice as we must take all necessary steps to protect public health.
We are official food scrap drop-off site

Our drop-off site is accesible 24/7. Please save and bring kitchen food scraps including tea bags, coffee ground, egg shells and also wilted flowers, dead plants including the soil although meat, fish, cheese and any dairy products are not currently acceptable.

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Garden Open Hours
(from April through October. Please note that it is subject to change.)
Thursday 4:30 pm to dusk
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday 4:30 pm to dusk
James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center presentation at 2018 Municipal Art Society's Summit for New York City Innovation Exhibition held at Inside Park at St. Bart's, on Tuesday, October 9, next door to the Summit program at St. Bart's Church.

Here's what has been said about us: "Of the many incredible submissions that are empowering individuals to shape their built environment, our jury of Urbanist Members were particularly impressed with your project, Another Country/James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center on the Campus of DeWitt Clinton High School."
We would love to thank all the urbanists who participated the event, especially those who came to our table and showed interests in what we are doing and supported us and our outdoor programs.
And big thanks to our team for a stunning presentation!

The combination of tactile artifacts and story handouts, so elegantly formatted was such a strong reminder of where we have come and where we are going!
From the MAS innovation exhibition; here, one of the visitors is trying our garden grown ground cherry, whose papery soft-colored semitransparent shell is used to make Communal-Groud Cherry- Upcycling- Shadowbox Project. All photos by Vladimir Weinstein
Our presentation; we had several handouts, most of them had accompanying artifacts including 90 year old oak tree wedge.
1. Another Country/James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center
2. Apple Sauce Muffin
3. Welcome Table
4. Magpie
5. Food Kiosk
Communal - Ground Cherry - Upcycling - Shadowbox Project; we invited visitors to taste our garden grown ground cherry and upcycle its shell to make an interesting object by placing it inside the shadowbox using homemade flour glue.
JAMES BALDWIN OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER
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