The Fifth Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival

“As I floated lonely down the street one day

Who did I see slippin’ my way?

Slum Goddess from the Lower East Side

Slum Goddess gonna make her my bride” The Fugs

The LUNGS Harvest Arts Festivals celebrate the poetry/anarchy/history and culture of the Lower East Side.

The Fifth Annual LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) Harvest Arts Festival will take place in 38 community gardens on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016.

The Festival is free and open to all. Events include music, dance, performance, films, photography, painting, sculpture, puppets, and comedy as well as environmental workshops and yoga. Each garden designs its own programing, so the festival is as interesting and eclectic as the Lower East Side.

The 2016 Harvest Arts Festival is organized by LUNGS

(Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens), a nonprofit organization founded to promote, protect and preserve the community gardens on the Lower East Side.

For more information go to LUNGSNYC.Org




This Saturday, June 11, our monthly LUNGS meeting will take place at 11am at DeColores Garden, E.8th St Btwn Aves B & C.

If the weather turns nasty we will have the meeting inside, at 428 E.10th St between Aves C & D. Please send a garden rep to the meeting there is much to discuss.

We are going to begin this year’s LUNGS CSA next Sunday, June 19 at Campos Garden E.12th St between Aves B & C.

This is the fourth year that LUNGS has sponsored a CSA. Once again we are working with the Acevedos Family of Orange county as our primary suppliers.

To prepare for this year’s CSA we will be making special stylish LUNGS tote bags at a workshop this Sunday, June 12.  

Our sewing machines will begin needling at noon at 428 E.10th St between Aves C & D. These custom-made bags will carry all your fresh goody produce home all season.

The workshop is gonna be so much fun.  Design, fashion, broccoli, it’s all there. If you come to the workshop you can have a unique LUNGS tote bag for free.  Extra bag creations will be available for purchase at the CSA beginning June 19.

We need to get the names and money for the first CSA by Tuesday, June 14 to place our order. Once again it’s $10 a week for about 10 pounds of produce. It’s on a week to week basis, you pay for the following week as you pick up your order.  The first week is always a bit rough getting the orders correct, in so please respond to this email if you would like to get a bag June 19.

Here’s the 2016 LUNGS CSA delivery sites
June 19 & 26—Campos, 12th St near Ave C

July—Campos, 12th St near Ave C

August—Green Oasis, 8th St between Aves C&D


October—La Plaza, 9th St & Ave C

November—De Colores, 8th St between Aves B&C

There has been some confusion,This is the deal:
Saifee Hardware 114 First Ave at 7th St. is offering a 10% discount on any purchase through 2016 to LUNGS gardeners.

They require the gardener’s name, garden affiliation and email to be eligible for the discount.

Please respond to this email with a list of your gardeners who want to receive the discount.

At first purchase you will receive a discount card after the cashier verifies that your name is on the list. Saifee will be sending out special offers via email throughout the year to gardeners.

For your garden to be in good standing with LUNGS there is yearly garden membership fee of $10. To join the list simply pay the garden membership fee.
Current Gardens in good standing are:
El Sol Brillante               6B Garden
DeColores                       El Jardin
Orchard Alley                  Campos
Miracle Garden                Creative Little Garden
Green Oasis                      LaGuardia Corner Garden
Relaxation Garden           11BC

DIRT Deliveries–we need to discuss the final phase of our dirt program at the LUNGS meeting this Saturday.

Wet and Lusty May is upon us

Hey Lungsters, we are having our monthly meeting this  Saturday May 7,  at 10 am at DeColores Garden E.8^th St Btwn Aves B & C. It is supposed to be sunny on Saturday but if the weather is nasty we will meet at 428 E.10th St Between C & D.

We have a lot on the agenda so we will be getting to it quickly.

Spring Awakening Revisited–We need to discuss the Spring Awakening, to figure out what went right and what can be improved on.

LUNGS Grants and money status–What we have and what we don’t, receipts are still being collected for last year’s LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival, and what we need to do going forward.

CSA–we need to start gearing up for the CSA program this summer. Volunteers needed.

SYEP –Summer Youth Employment Program, we are again working with students in the gardens in conjunction with Gardens Rising.

Community Garden District– discussion of the where it stands.

Gardens Rising –updates and discussion

LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival– is scheduled for September 24 & 25, we need to begin planning now and set up a Festival committee.

EXCHaNGE–There is dirt, compost, mulch and trees available for community gardens, by combining efforts we can facilitate distribution. What do you have to offer, what does your garden need?

LUNGS MEETING Saturday, March 5

 LUNGS is meeting, Saturday, March 5 at 11 am at 428 E. 10th St. So much to talk about.

Agenda items:

We will celebrate  Spring Awakening 2016, Saturday, April 16. We will consolidate the festivities with one parade beginning at 1:30,pm at 6B Garden walk up Avenue B to 12th St go east on 12th and come down Ave C and culminate at El Jardin del Paraiso for a little food, music, poetry and much more

In addition to food and music we would like to incorporate Gardens Rising into the afternoon. We would like to have a El Jardin Walkabout with members of the Gardens Rising Steering Committee, El Jardin gardeners and anyone else interested in the process. This would give us an real opportunity to specifically address issues in El Jardin, talk about ideas and discuss solutions.  It would be a very dynamic discussion because we would literally be immersed in the garden.

Solar 1 has also agreed to make a presentation at Spring Awakening to talk about solar ideas for the gardens sand the neighborhood.
We also hope to have a bike tuneup workshop at Spring Awakening.

we are looking for more environmental workshops and fun activities for the day, bring your ideas

According to our by-laws, LUNGS is due for board elections this Spring.

Board members serve for two year. According to our by-laws there must be a minimum of five and each board member must be from a different garden.

Board nominations will be accepted at the next LUNGS meeting, Saturday, March 5.  Elections will be held at the annual general meeting, Saturday, April 2. If you are interested in serving on the board please contact us.

Currently there are five LUNGS board members; President Charles Krezell of DeColores, Vice President Maryanne Byington of Green Oasis, Treasurer Karen Kandra of Miracle Garden, Secretary Ayo Harrington of Orchard Alley and Projects Coordinator Christopher Batehhorst of Campos Garden.


Many people have expressed an interest in helping the tree pits in the neighborhood that are suffering because of misuse or lack of maintenance. A resolution to support the retro-fitting of our tree pits is soon to be introduced in Community  Board 3’s Transportation Committee. Let’s discuss the resolution and ways we can find grant money to support improving the situation.


Project Manager Position
Position Available: Project Manager, Gardens Rising Program.

Since 1996, the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) has promoted the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing. NYCCGC is the only organization in New York City by and for community gardeners, who often live in low-income communities of color that face disproportionate environmental justice and health challenges.

Program Background:
The NYCCGC is a recipient of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding from the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to undertake a feasibility study for stormwater capture best practices within the community gardens of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The project known as Gardens Rising will combine community participation with engineering expertise, to develop green infrastructure to increase permeability and stormwater capture within forty-seven (47) community gardens located in the Study Area.

The NYCCGC is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of “Project Manager”.

This position plays a critical role in a fast-changing organization. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Project Manager will be responsible for assisting in the selection, engagement and management of designers and architects. A primary responsibility will be to ensure that technical deliverables align with the vision of the Gardens Rising project, and that deliverables are cost effective.

Applicants should have a positive attitude, possess strong organizational skills, and have the ability to work independently. Applicants should have experience in managing projects with tight timelines and have the ability to minimize project risk. Applicants should also have track record of managing projects that have been delivered on time and within scope and budget.

The Project Manager will report directly to the Executive Director of NYCCGC.

Job Duties:
The following are the general responsibilities for the position of Project Manager, split into two phases.

Phase 1 (Master Plan)

Provide support and advice in developing the RFP for design/engineering firms.
Provide support and consultation to the Steering Committee through all phases of the Master Plan.
Devise and implement a timeline in support of the final feasibility study.
Act as a liaison between the Steering Committee, the community, the NYCCGC and the design/engineering firm.
Develop guidelines for data collection.
Establish and support technical design and reporting requirements.
Provide vision and strategies for all aspects of the Garden Rising project.
Evaluate professional services firms and assist the Steering Committee with the selection of professional services firm.
Facilitate design charrettes in coordination with community gardeners and other stakeholders.
Collaborate with a professional services firm to research legal and technical viability of project design proposals.
Build upon existing relationships and cultivate new relationships with existing job placement programs, local tech start-ups, and members of the local community.
Assist with education, communications, and marketing strategies within the vision of the Gardens Rising plan.
Identify potential fundraising opportunities to further the vision of the Master Plan.
Phase 2 (Implementation)

Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.
Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate techniques.
Perform outreach to local job training workforce/placement programs.
Work with a professional services firm to insure that the project is constructed in accordance with the contract requirements and specifications.
Organize and maintain working knowledge of all project plans, contracts, purchase orders, drawings and all other project related documents.
Track and report on project success with coalition members and other stakeholders.
Coordinate with staff and community/business partners to support implementation of project.
Regularly report on project progress to the Steering Committee.
Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

Ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines.
Excellent organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills are necessary.
5 years’ experience in project/construction management.
Familiarity with green infrastructure best management practices (highly preferred).
Spanish fluency (highly preferred).
Knowledge of the Lower East Side community and Community Gardens (highly preferred).
Must be available to work flexible hours (including some evenings and weekends).
Salary: PT hourly $50/hr, 10 hours a week.

Responses Due: March 21, 2016.

NYCCGC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. NYCCGC provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination against all employees and applicants based upon race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national origin and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this hiring effort are requested to contact Mr. Aziz Dehkan by email at

NYCCGC strongly encourages Section 3 residents to participate in this hiring effort. Information to determine if you are a Section 3 resident can be obtained by contacting Mr. Dehkan at the email address provided above.

Happy Monkey Year

2016 marks our 6th year, LUNGS was formed in September of 2011.

According to our by-laws, LUNGS is due for board elections this Spring.

Currently there are the five board members; President Charles Krezell of DeColores, Vice President Maryanne Byington of Green Oasis, Treasurer Karen Kandra of Miracle Garden, Secretary Ayo Harrington of Orchard Alley and Projects Coordinator Christopher Batehhorst of Campos Garden.

Board members serve for two year. According to our by-laws there must be a minimum of five and each board member must be from a different garden.

Board nominations will be accepted at the next LUNGS meeting, Saturday, March 5.  Elections will be held at the annual general meeting, Saturday, April 2. If you are interested in serving on the board please contact us.

We will celebrate out Third Spring Awakening 2016, Saturday, April 16. We will consolidate the festivities with one parade beginning at 2pm at 6B Garden walk up Avenue B to 12th St go east on 1th and come down Ave C and culminate at El Jardin del Paraiso.

Our fourth year of the LUNGS Fresh Food Bag CSA will kickoff in June depending on the crops and continue until Thanksgiving.

We hope to continue our collaboration for the third year with NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program. We are currently seeking funds to pay two college interns to supervise the twelve high school students working in the gardens for six weeks.

This year we will have our 5th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival on September 24 & 25. Keep the dates open.

Open discussion on Elizabeth St Garden
The Village Independent Democrats will sponsor a forum tomorrow, to discuss Elizabeth St. Garden’s pending destruction to make way for affordable housing.
That’s tomorrow, Thursday, February 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex at 83 Christopher St. The general meeting is scheduled for 6:30, and open to the public. The forum will begin about 7:15.

The forum will hear from both sides including Toni Bergman, — head of CB2 who wants housing
elsewhere in order to save the Garden – and K Webster, from M’Finda Kalunga Garden. who wants
affordable housing on the Garden site.

This Thursday ROUNDTABLE and Holiday Party

This Thursday, Dec. 17, Gardens Rising continues with its round-table series

From noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, located on 232 E.11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
This week’s round-table features:

Tessa Hexley, former director of Battery Park City Parks Conservatory.
John Shuttleworth, Civil Engineer.
Wendy Brawer, founder of Green Map System.
JK Canepa, community activist.
Samuel Robinson, community driven landscape design firm Greenwood Robinson.

Gardens Rising Roundtables bring together experts, stakeholders and the public for a brainstorming session to discuss nature-base, green infrastructure in the Community Gardens on the Lower East Side.

Gardens Rising is inspired in Super Storm Sandy, a project funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the state of New York to control flooding in vulnerable city areas with nature-based infrastructure in our NYCCGC community gardens.

LUNGS is having Holiday Party!! Thursday, December 17 at the fabulous Royale, 157 Ave C between 9th and 10th Sts, from 6-8pm. Please come and join us for cup of cheer and toast the season. We thank the Royale for their generosity in giving us this space.



Gardens Rising is moving forward but needs a great logo. so we are having a contest with  $500 awarded for the winning design.  See below for contest rules.

Gardens Rising Logo Competition


1.       The deadline for submission is Friday November 27, 2015.
2.       All submissions must include, “Gardens Rising” in the design.
3.       All entries must be accompanied by your name and contact information.
4.       By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the competition rules and transfer all rights of the design without limitation to Gardens Rising to use, display, make copies, publish in any media, alter, etc. Entries will become the sole and exclusive property of the Gardens Rising.
5.       Submit original artwork or comprehensive layouts. The work must be original. Consideration should be given to simple reproduction capabilities to a number of media processes. Artwork must be reproduced in not more than four-match colors. Gardens Rising reserves the right to adjust reproduction art for optimum reproducibility to a variety of visual processes.
6.       The logo should be easily displayed and usable in both color and black-and-white environment.
7.       A short paragraph, explaining the concept of the design, is required.
8.       If all entries are deemed unsuitable or unqualified, Gardens Rising will have the right to determine whether to extend the dateline, reject all submissions and declare the competition ended without awarding a winner or hold another competition in the sole and absolute discretion of Gardens Rising.
9.       Gardens Rising reserves the rights to modify the competition rules and regulations at any time.
10.   All entries must adhere to the entry specifications outlined below.


1.       Competition is open to anyone in New York City.
2.       Participants must submit only two final product (s) to

Entry Specifications

1.       All entries must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or be in vector format.

2.       All entries must be no smaller than 1200 x 1200 pixels and no larger than 2400 x 2400 pixels.

3.       All entries must be submitted electronically in either PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), Portable Network Graphic (.png), Encapsulated Post Script (.eps) or Adobe Illustrator (.ai) format.

4.       Entries must be multicolor.

5.       Only two entries per person will be accepted.

Winner Selection

Gardens Rising will have right to pick any final Logo Contest to be used as the official logo for Gardens Rising.


Winner will receive $500 from Gardens Rising award for their design.