Please join us for a LUNGS–East Village

“SPRING AWAKENING” as we parade from garden to garden Saturday, April 26 1-3pm . It’s a celebration of our community gardens!

Bring your music, wear your costumes. It’s time to party!!

We are asking all gardens to be open from 1 til 3 and welcome the revelers.  Bring your smiles and kids, your music and your dance and join us as we snake Pied Piper style through Loisaida.

Flower Power–Peas & Love–Salad Daze 

Three groups will parade through the neighborhood visiting each garden and then converge at 3pm at El Jardin del Paraiso on E.4th St, btwn Aves C & D for continuing music and and frivolity.

Each group will form at one pm.

Flower Power comes from the north beginning in Dias Y Flores on E. 13 St btwn Aves A & B. Smells like Flower Power.

Peas & Love breaks out of the south at Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton and Norfolk Sts. Dance like nobody’s watching.

Salad Daze blasts in from the west erupting from LaGuardia Corner Gardens at LaGuardia Place and Bleecker St. The The Salad Daze posse will be on bikes. Speed and dazzle.

HELP the Childrens Magical Garden This TUESDAY !!!

Dear Friends of Children’s Magical Garden,

Things are moving forward with the situation with the part of our community garden that’s currently fenced off from our use, lot 19.

We’ve sent out some careful and diplomatic channels to the new developer.

However, we need to protect our legal rights and make sure that he doesn’t start building on our community garden.
So… we’re filing our adverse possession claim tomorrow, March 10th.

The developer has refused to talk thus far.

We’re having a press conference about our magical community garden this coming Tuesday March 11th, 7:15 AM. Come before school or work.

Where: At Children’s Magical Garden, on the corner of Stanton and Norfolk St. Click link for google map location.

F train to Delancey, LES (walk 2 blks north)

Who: We need as many people as possible, especially children, parents, teachers, other school workers and students.

Why: To show the press community support and love of the community garden to help make it whole.

The fun bits: There will be hot cocoa, doughnuts, cider, apples, and some other healthy alternative for people’s breakfasts. You’re welcome to bring something to share!

Help: We need help spreading the word, especially to school children and their parents and teachers, but to everyone.
You’ll find a flyer attached. Word of mouth and phone calls work best of all, so tell all of your friends and make a hot cocoa date for Tuesday morning!
CMG Justice poster

LUNGs and Fresh Food Box Meetings

Yo Lungsters,

The folks from GrowNYC have confirmed for the informational meeting to discuss the Fresh Food Box Program. We’ll get together next Tuesday, July 30, at 6 pm at DeColores Garden E.8th St Btwn Aves B & C.

This is the city run program which will offer participants 10 lbs of fresh vegetables and fruit for $10 a week, Many people have expressed an interest in participating. 20 people are required to qualify for the program, I’m sure we have more people than needed.

Ideally we would like to set up multiple drop-off points at community gardens but that is going to take coordination and volunteers. We also have to figure out how the money will work.

Anyone is welcome to come to this meeting, but it is not necessary to attend this meeting to be a part of the program. The program will not begin for a couple weeks. if your garden is interested in participating please try to have someone attend.

ALSO a reminder about our big LUNGs meeting this coming Sunday, July 28 at Noon at Green Oasis, 8th St Btw Aves C & D. We will elect the LUNGs board from the garden representatives at the meeting, There will be five board members: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Programming Coordinator. The board will be comprised of representatives of five different gardens, while different gardeners can act as their garden’s representatives from time to time we need a stable board taking care of LUNGs. This is very important so please try to have your garden’s rep attend this meeting.

We will also be discussing the LUNGs Harvest Arts Festival which will take place September 28 & 29. There is much work to be done on this. Below is a little blurb you can use to get the word out, last year was a big success, this year with more time for planning, the festival can be spectacular.

The Second Annual LUNGs (Loisadia United Neighborhood Gardens) Harvest Arts Festival will take place on Saturday September 28 & Sunday, September 29 in the Community Gardens of the East Village and the Lower East Side. Last year 24 gardens participated in the festival, this year we hope more gardens will be involved. Last year there was music and painting, dance and comedians, drama and poetry. Artists painted on the streets, there were environmental workshops and clowns, puppets and food. Put the word out! Invite the world !! We want provocative artists—crazy ideas–LUNGs Harvest Arts Festival is on !!

Scupture Donated to Firemen’s Memorial Garden

Sculptor Peter Goldwater & “Waterworks #3″

After exhibiting his work in the Firemen’s Memorial Garden during the “Harvest Arts Festival in the Gardens”, sculptor Peter Goldwater generously decided to give “Waterworks #3″ to the garden. The sculpture is a ceramic casting of intermingled FDNY fire hose nozzles. Peter presented his work to The Firemen’s Memorial Garden on October 20. The garden is located on East 8th St between Avenues C and D. A plaque commemorating the gift and a celebration is planned in the garden next summer.

The Firemen’s Memorial Garden was founded in 1980 and honors the memory of all New York City firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. The site pays homage in particular to the memory of Martin R. Celic (1952-1977), a young member of Ladder Company 18, who lost his life fighting a fire in the tenement located where this garden now stands.

ARBORETUM, the outdoor exhibition in the Firemen’s Memorial Garden during the Festival was curated by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele.

LUNGS featured in The Villager!

Photo by Shell Sheddy (Villager)

This week LUNGS was featured in The Villager, in a profile written by Erica Rakowicz. The piece highlighted LUNGS’ commitment to garden activism in the neighborhood.  We encourage you to check it out!

Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, pictured left in a photo taken for the article, wrote the following response to clarify a few issues raised in the article:

“Thanks to The Villager for calling attention to garden activism in our neighborhood with the article, “LUNGS Breathes New Life Into Local Community Gardens” (July 3). It was a pleasure to be interviewed with photographer, Shell Sheddy, and LUNGS founder, Charles Krezell, in our community garden, De Colores. That being said, I have a few important clarifications to make: Continue reading