LUNGS Festival HELP Needed !!

Help Needed–The Third Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival is taking place in more than 30 community gardens on the Lower East Side on Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21.

The gardens will host performances and workshops in music, dance, theater, spoken word, the arts, and more. One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is a performance by Bread And Puppet Theater of their new piece, “Anti Tar Sands Manifesto Pageant”

Help is needed to publicize the Festival, design and distribute posters and flyers, copy editing for the Festival program, coordinating events and scheduling.

This year the Festival coincides with the People’s Climate March, In support of the People’s Climate March, many gardens will host workshops and teach-ins on a wide range of environmental issues.

On Sunday, the Festival gets on its feet as gardeners and friends join the People’s Climate March en masse. To prepare for the march we need artists to design costumes and banners and visuals that can be carried that will represent our love of Mother Earth and all things natural.

This is going to be a historic event we need to step up as New Yorkers, if you can help in any way, contact us.

LUNGS Fresh Food Bag

Farm-fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables
June 15 through November 23, 2014

COST: $10 per week

PICK UP:  Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Bring two reusable bags (ala Trader Joe’s) each week and leave them. These bags will be shared communally so you will not be getting your bags back week to week.
  • Sign in and pick up your fruits and veggies
  • Signup and pay $10 for the following week

LOCATION: Different LUNGS member gardens

  • July 6, 13, 20, & 27
    El Jardin del Paraiso, E. 4th & E. 5th St between Aves C & D
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
    Green Oasis, E.8th St between Aves C & D
  • September 7, 14, 21, & 28
    La Plaza Cultural, Corner of Ave C & 9th St
  • October 5, 12, 19, & 26
    Campos Garden, E. 12th St between Aves B & C
  • November 2, 9, 16, & 23
    6B Garden, Corner of Ave B & 6th St


  • Orchard Alley, E.4th St between Aves C & D


VOLUNTEERS: Six per Sunday

  • Meet at 11 a.m. each Sunday to receive the drop off from the farmer and bag up the produce.
  • You need to sign up to volunteer to keep the program going. Provide us with your email address and you’ll receive an invite from VolunteerSpot to sign up for specific dates and duties.


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

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