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JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market will be reopen every Saturday from 10am - 3pm from May 15 until November 20.
We are excited Spring is here and soon our amazing and long-awaited market will reopen!

If you want to join us and become a vendor, please fill out the application here and forward to contact@jamesbaldwinoutdoorlearningcenter.org.

We have been working hard to make our market more fantastic with more vendors, more interesting events/programs and more partnerships with other community-based organizations you might already know. We are planning quite a festival for our opening day, details will follow. Looking forward to seeing you all at the market starting May 15.
JBOLC Garden Community Farmers Market
TOGETHER, we have made JBOLC Gaden Community Farmers Market fantastic and a thriving success!
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!
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, 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 4:30pm to dusk
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm
We are official food scrap drop-off site

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