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monarch butterfly cacoon
Milkweed seed, chrysalis and monarch butterfly
TOGETHER, we have made JBOLC Gaden Community Farmers Market fantastic and a thriving success!
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
Our Market came to an end for the season but we'd like to take a moment to reflect on our wonderful debut to remind ourselves of just what it is we did together and to inspire each other again in the New Year!
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
Starting in the beginning of August of 2020, in the midst of a terrifying pandemic, we gathered together to share vegetables and fruit from the earth, food that doesn't just fill or soothe or comfort us but food that nourishes and heals us.

We shared ideas and knowledge for how to grow and how to grow our garden community and James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center. We shared our talents, our creativity and our love. We inspired each other. We lightened our loads and we helped to restore balance and hope that this beginning will be a lasting connection. We made observations and discoveries in a place where Mother Nature reigns. We listened with our hearts and all our senses at what nature has to teach us. We desire to practice our intricate, elaborate and sensual relationship to life on this earth.
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market featured by BRONXNET
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market-donating fresh produce
With generous help from you and our farmer Jeremy of Clatter Valley Farm, we have been able to donate more than 2,400 lbs of farm fresh produce to our neighborhood food pantry POTS (Part Of The Solution) and "Friendly Fridges" in the Bronx and upper Manhattan after each market.
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
Roman Guaraguaorix (Redhawk) Perez, the Kacike (chief) for Maisiti Yukayeke Taino; a tribe of the Taino Nation leads us in ceremony on land that was once Lenapehoking — Lenape land. (Photo: Doris Porto)
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
We learned from trees how to dance, radiate and cooperate in our shared pursuit of the sun. And for the trees, we shared our precious and elegant labor, that which needs to be done to make this space more beautiful, more striking. We learned to play from the leaves. (sketch is courtesy of JBOLC volunteer, Joyce Harris)
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
Bronx Soil Restorers lead a teach-in on November 21 to instruct food scrap donors about what it will take to continue composting over winter (Photo: Doris Porto)
We know that to be here is to be surrounded by sky, butterflies and finches, humming birds and humming bird moths. We know there is something dynamic and present here that teaches us about life, how to sustain life and find happiness and peace in practicing essential human labors like gardening, cooking, harvesting, preparing, serving, eating. We do this out of respect and love for ourselves, our families' and our friends' health - for the health of our Bronx Community. And through this all, we've made and are still making and maintaining our garden community.

For all of this we give thanks!
What's happening now that it's winter and what will happen?
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market- winter garden
Like all good seeds we have been storing our energy and have begun dreaming about spring blossoms, renewed bounty, our branching, and where we go next? How might we direct and sustain our energy and growth? Yes, we have begun to plan but we want you involved, we want to hear from you. So far, our initiatives are: expanding outdoor education offerings during market hours, organizing a network of home producers to accept rescued produce to process and share with the community, establishing a food education and mobile community kitchen - or what we have been calling, a food kiosk. We also want to hear your ideas and, if you're willing, we need your help!
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market- friendly fridge
And meanwhile, though we are in a dreaming phase, we have not been dormant. We have been upping our baking game - donating our own home made baked goods to the community fridges and fresh sourdough loaves for Free Soup during Food Bank pickups at Church of the Mediator in Kingsbridge. So far, over 100 snack packages (Pumpkin Cookies, slices of Banana Bread, slices of Sweet Potato Bread and 9 loaves of Sourdough. We're building capacity each time we bake. We're also maintaining our public food scrap drop off and composting site - emptying tumblers and making sure there's always enough room for people to drop off more food scraps.
* ~ Eat local, buy local, stay healthy, and build a stronger community
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
When you shop at JBOLC market,

You are supporting our farmers & local vendors,

Helping to Green our environment,

Caring for our less-fortunate neighbors,

Building a healthier & stronger community

Helping to grow our grassroots deeper & stronger
Danielle Guggenheim has been sharing her love of reading for the children with story time from the beginning of the market.
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.
JBOLC Garden Community Open Hours
From April through October weather permitting. Please note that it is subject to change without notice.
Thursdays from 4:30 pm to dusk
Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
- We are official food scrap drop-off site

Our drop-off site is open Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm during winter.
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.

| Learn Easy Composting
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!

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.
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!
Two photos above 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.
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