Earth Justice Team for Sustainable Food and Farming Retreat on Roosevelt Island Ends with a Tour of our Community Garden followed by Lunch & Cornell Tech visit
All Photos By Karen Lee
Thanks to everyone who made the day most productive as well as fun! We had a rather quiet, energizing day: building, repairing, cleaning, painting, composting, "plogging", weeding, pruning, and connecting. We met new volunteers and a few of us kept going till 4 p.m. and after! Below are statistics about the tasks and also some amazing high def pictures by Audrey Gray, Climate Journalist, and a new neighbor on Roosevelt Island. https://www.audreygray.nyc/
Habitat Garden Planted Under the Cherry Trees for EarthLove Day 2022: RI is an urban ecosystem project!
The white throated sparrow was singing his joy and I am sure I heard the cherry trees thank us as we brought them new companion plants and tickled/aerated their little roots.
With Roosevelt Islanders help we have completely planted phase one for this lovely little habitat site. It takes a village and we are especially lucky in that regard. What a beautiful day it was to celebrate ecosystem connections and restore a little bit of ground with people of all ages! Thank you so much to RIOC and RI community and RIGC members for all the help.
Gratitude For another RI Habitat Planting - Phase 1 is complete after EarthLove Day 2022!
Email from Neal Weissman RIGC President 2022:
Kudos to so many for so much accomplished!
Save the Date: Our next CS Day is Saturday, June 11th.
Email From Jack Burkhalter RIGC Vice President 2022:
Yesterday was a most productive day with great weather and esprit de corps! Thanks to you all for your dedication, time and leadership in generating the list of tasks and then doing them! Here are some stats, based on the initial sign-in sheet which we are still adding info to. Thanks again.
List for April 24, 2022 Community Service Day:
Number of participants signing in: 28
Number of hours participants contributed: 62.4 hours
A list of tasks accomplished: (Even more was actually completed)
TO DO: Clean & organize tools in the shed. Remove any dirt. Help keep tools organized. Sweep the shed.
Join us for the next Community Service Day on June 11th.
This year the Rockefeller Center's Flag Project is sponsored by the UN Environment Program and the Climate Museum NYC. Peggy Roalf, artist and longtime member of RIGC, has a piece of her beautiful abstract artwork displayed on one of the flags.
"For the Flag Project’s third annual iteration, Rockefeller Center collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate Museum, asking the public to submit flag designs that represent this year’s World Environment Day theme, “Only One Earth.”
On Sunday the Climate Museum is offering a day of family activities to coincide with Earth Day and the Flag Art.
We deeply appreciated Rebecca’s willingness to share her learning: the principles, and the practices of her entire BBP Hort Staff where the “dynamic relationships” of both people and ecosystems are honored and where the lives of plants, caterpillars, butterflies, birds, and people fit together “seamlessly” in an urban setting.
Over 80 people from all five boroughs of NYC, from places across the U.S., and from Nova Scotia to New Zealand were able to join us for Rebecca McMackin's talk. It was so great to hear about the work that she and her team are doing at Brooklyn Bridge Park. With ecological horticulture, they have transformed parking lots into stunning green spaces for people and pollinators.
Thanks again to the iDig2Learn, Cornell Tech, and the RIOC Office of Community and Community Affairs for teaming up with Roosevelt Island Community Garden to host this lecture.
Click below to hear the recording available until June 15th, 2022:
Rebecca McMackin from Brooklyn Bridge Park: A case study for seeing Roosevelt Island as an ecosystem - 04/07/22
Some of the Links shared during the talk:
Brooklyn Bridge Park Horticulture
RebeccaMcmackin website and newsletter
Brooklyn Bridge Park Environmental Education Center
NYC Pollinators Working Group
NYC Pollinators Working Group Resources
The Lenape Center
Engaged Roosevelt Island
If you were unable to attend, take a few minutes to watch the meeting power point for news items and reminders.
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