The 10th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival 2021

Beginning Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 3 join us for ten days of celebrations, art, music, poetry, puppets, workshops, theater, performances and fun.

2021 – The X Year!

Our tenth anniversary festival featured a wide variety of events for 10 days in more than 30 community gardens. As always, the Harvest Arts Festival reflects the variety, individuality and independence of each community garden, with a focus on showcasing local artists and performers, including:

  • Pinc Louds 
  • Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble – The Great Aria Throwdown 
  • Mystical Garden Treasure Hunt
  • Jack Hardy Songwriter’s Exchange
  • Midnight Radio Show – Original Sci-Fi Fairytales and Puppet Shadow Theatre
  • Vit Horejs’s Czecholslovak-American Marionette Theatre
  • Isaac Miss Isaac
  • Therese Byrnes – Painter, Performance Artist, Writer, Activist
  • Baby Soda Jazz Band
  • Los Fascinates – Old School Salsa
  • Fiddler and the Crossroads – Irish/Cajun/Bluegrass Band
  • Elliott Sharpe
  • Tim Cusack’s “I Ping the Body Electric”
  • Green Map’s Walking Tours
  • Matthieu Eveillard 
  • Pete Margolis
  • Faith NYC – Felice Rosser, Nao Hakamada, Fin Hunt 
  • Mudball
  • Ray Santiago & Friends – Afro-Cuban Jazz
  • Chupacabras 

Detailed Schedule:

“Art around the Hood” Saturday, June 5


LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) is inviting all artists to paint your masterpiece in public on the fences of community gardens in the East village and Lower East Side.

Join us in “Art Around the Hood,” Saturday, June 5, Noon to 5pm.

as part of GreenThumb’s Open Gardens Day. We supply the canvas, you supply the paint and the talent. Make your statement, show your true colors  Sign up at

20 Community Gardens are participating in Art around the Hood

LaGuardia Corner Gardens, 511 LaGuardia Place, Houston & Bleecker Sts

Petit Versailles, 247 E. 2nd St, B & C

Peachtree Garden, 221 E. 2rd St, B & C

Jardin Los Amigos, 221 E. 3rd St, B & C

Parque de Tranquilidad, 314 E. 4th St, C & D

El Jardin del Paraiso, 305 E.4th ST, C & D

6 & B Garden, 84 Ave B, 5th & 6th Sts.

6BC Botanical Garden, 624 E.6th St, B & C

Carmens’ Garden, 17 Ave C, 7th & 8th Sts

DeColores, 313 E. 8th St, B & C

Firemen’s, 360 E 8th St, C & D

Green Oasis, 370 E.8th ST, C & D

LaPlaza Cultural, 674 E.9th ST, corner of C

9C Garden, 144 Ave C, corner of 9th St

11BC Serenity Garden, 626 E.11TH ST, B &C

East Side Outside, 415 E 11th St, 1st & A

El Sol Brillante, 522–528 E 12th St, A & B

Campos Garden, 644 E.12th ST, B & C

Vamos Sembrar, 197 Avenue B St, 12th & 13th Sts

Dias y Flores, 520 E. 13th St, A & B

There more events in various community gardens throughout the day, stay tuned to stay up to date.


We are planning an abbreviated version of the LUNGS HARVEST ARTS Festival Saturday, OCT 3 & Sunday, OCT 4.

It’s 2020 and we are all stuck inside somewhere. We are living in the Human Zoo. This year’s festival is dedicated expressing our situation through art. We want to spread an art virus, infecting one another with ideas and sharing the reality of what is going on in our lives

All the exhibits will take place behind the garden fences with the audiences on the sidewalks.

The audience will be moving, fluid. The art stationary. We want to foster our wild variety of sentiments through our art. We are all politically bent, given the times and election. Let people know how you feel.

We will be promoting this as an Art exhibit and the gardens as a Green Museum, the different gardens are for touring audiences.

See Schedule HERE for the Festival

Contact if you are interested in participating,

QR code for LUNGS CSA

Please use with PayPal for the LUNGS CSA, $10 a week. Also send us your name, email address, mobile numbers and the date you would like to pick up your bag. Send to:

LUNGS CSA begins Sunday, July 12

We are starting the CSA this Sunday if you are interested.
It’s still $10 a bag, is open to anyone and the fresh produce comes from the Acevedos Family Farm of Orange county.

Pickup is at DeColores Community Garden, 313 E.8th St between B & C between 1-3pm
If you’d like you can prepay with Paypal:

Please let us know if you would like to sign up.

Gardens closed, no license -no water, Petition to negotiate Greenthumb License

Because of the Corona pandemic, community gardens are closed by order of GreenThumb, effective immediately and until further notice community gardens may remain open or closed to garden members only at the discretion of each garden group, and only for absolutely necessary maintenance and season preparation.

This is in the best interest of everyone, we must protect each other and stay safe. Gardeners know well enough how to give each other space but you never know how interaction with the public may be dangerous given the current crisis.

There is no guidance to what constitutes “absolutely necessary maintenance and season preparation” but it would seem that this would include protecting, nourishing and watering plants.

However, last week it was announced that “Parks was directed by GreenThumb to not turn on internal water at unlicensed gardens.  Internal water access (along with deliveries and supply and plant distributions) is another form of material assistance that is not available to gardens that are unlicensed .“

In the midst of a global health emergency this is of grave concern.

This license impasse began last April. Since September the Parks Department has refused to meet with us to negotiate. We believe these issues can be resolved. We have been acting in good faith. We want to get back to gardening.

On March 13, at the City Council Parks budget hearing Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver was presented with a petition signed by more then 500 folks asking the Department to return to negotiations. Please join us and sign the petition below and share it with your friends and neighbors.

At the hearing, Commissioner Silver agreed to have the Parks Department meet with garden groups to discuss the license. See the video of the hearing HERE.

However, no meeting has yet to take place or be scheduled. Now is it the Parks Department policy to deny water in the midst of a public health emergency?

Surely this is a bureaucratic misunderstanding or oversight. We implore GreenThumb to correct this policy immediately, there is too much at stake

We have watched as GreenThumb’s tactics have devolved into threats, intimidation and reprisals. Now they are turning off the water?

Retribution is not an appropriate public policy. We have legitimate concerns about the GreenThumb license which many find confusing and repressive.

LUNGS and the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) are asking you to join us and support our efforts to correct the GreenThumb License Agreement. We have been trying to bring the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor’s Office, and the Office of the Corporation Counsel back to the table to negotiate in good faith and resolve the outstanding issues in order to achieve a fair and just GreenThumb community garden License. We have been requesting a meeting since September and gotten no response.

The program has been an extraordinary example of a City agency working hand and hand with 10,000 volunteers. Now these gardeners who steward city property are being denied a voice.

We also urge our elected officials to support the thousands of volunteers who have spent years working for to improve their communities and enhance the health and well being of their people.

Petition to negotiate the GreenThumb License

I call on GreenThumb and the Parks Department to negotiate in good faith a better Community Garden License Agreement. The license agreement currently offered is flawed and inconsistent. The new license destroys the fruitful relationship that volunteer gardeners have had with GreenThumb for the last 42 years.

Specifically issues that need to be addressed :

  1. Remove the Termination-at-Will clause and clarify that only current default will cause the NYC Parks Commissioner to
    deny to renew or terminate a License.
  2. Remove the Assumption of Risk clause and the sole liability placed on the community gardens and have NYC Parks purchase liability insurance for the community gardens.
  3. Remove the community gardeners' blanket Waiver of their Right to a Trial by Jury clause.
  4. Fix the event permitting requirements and the inconsistent language between the License, the Handbook, and the Parks Rules & Regulations.

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128 signatures

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Gardeners Rally for Fair GreenThumb License

The Rally on the steps of City Hall for a fair GreenThumb license on September 19 was a great success.

We were very heartened by the support many of our elected officials who stood with the community gardeners
Our thanks go to State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, City Council Members Peter Koo, Mark Levine and Carlina Rivera.

Schedule for Today’s LUNGS Harvest Fest Saturday, September 21

March and Rally to Save the PARK!

East River Park is threatened! Bury the Plan, Not the Park

12pm • Meet at Tompkins Square Park.Wind through the streets passing out flyers and encouraging people to join the protest. March over the 6th Street Bridge to East River Park.

1:30pm • RALLY! East River Park Labyrinth (just north of the Williamsburg Bridge) Speeches, Songs, Big Noise! Let the City Know they cannot close and kill our park. We will parade along the promenade south around the amphitheater to BURY THE PLAN!

Secret Garden Treasure Hunt

2–6pm • Secret Garden Treasure Hunt. Local artists Margarita Calderon and Stephanie Echeveste have created a Secret Garden Treasure Hunt to celebrate and grow awareness of the gardens in Loisaida.

Guests receive a passport with a map and clues to each participating garden. Pickup up your passport and plan your journey, visit each garden and collect your stamps. You don’t need to visit these gardens in any specific order, wander and enjoy!

At each garden, your passport is stamped and you receive a small treasure. Your adventure ends at El Sol Brillante Garden, 522 E12th St (Aves A & B)

Your passport gains you entry to the wine tasting, and joining in the community treasure chest.Enough stamps and you will be awarded a final Treasure.

Collect all stamps by 5pm from these gardens:

1. Clinton Street Garden 171 Stanton St at Clinton St.

2. Peach Tree Garden 236 E 2nd St (Aves B & C)

3. Miracle Garden 194 E 3rd St (Aves A & B)

4. 6BC Botanical 624 E 6th St (Aves B & C)

5. Green Oasis 370 E 8th St (Aves C & D)

6. Carmen Pabon 117 Ave C (7th & 8th)

7. De Colores 313 E 8th St (Aves B & C)

8. 11BC Serenity Garden 626 E 11th St (Aves B & C)

9. Campos 640 E 12th St (Aves B & C)

10. Vamos a Sembrar 197 Ave B (12th & 13th)

Campos Community Garden

640 E 12th St (Aves B & C)

7pm • Ray Santiago and Friends. Latin jazz at its best.

Children’s Garden

94 Ave B (12th St) 1–6pm • Bokashi composting workshop with E. Shig Matsukawa. We’ll feed bokashi FFW to worm composting bed.

Children’s Magical Garden

129 Stanton St (corner, Norfolk St)1:30–5pm • Arts for Art presents In GardensPrograms of free jazz, poetry, dance, justice.

1:30pm • Mara Rosenbloom. With Mara Rosenbloom—synth, Sam Newsome—soprano sax, Andrew Drury—drums.

2:30pm • Poetry Tributes to Steve Cannon. Melanie Marie Goodreaux—poetry, David Henderson—poetry.

3:30pm • Jason Hwang Critical Response. Jason Hwang—violin, Anders N i l s s o n — g u i t a r, TA Thompson—drums.

4:30 p m • Amirtha Kidambi / Mazz Swift. Amirtha Kidambi—voice, Mazz Swift—violin, voice.

Creative Little Garden

530 E 6th St (Aves A & B)3–5pm • Music Under the Willow concert. An intimate afternoon of live performances by New York City’s finest musicians.

De Colores Community Yard & Cultural Center

313 E 8th St (Aves B & C)1–6pm • Jack Hardy Songwriters Exchange. Featuring: Paul Sachs, Michelle Shocked, David Massengill, Ina May Wool, Sharon Goldman, Carolann E Solebello, Bev Grant, Chris Fuller, John Hodel, Frank Mazzetti, Kathryn Bloss among others.

Jack Hardy was a lyrical singer-songwriter and playwright based in Greenwich Village, who was influential in the folk music scenes for decades. In songwriter circles, Hardy was as well-known as a teacher and mentor as he was as an artist. Songwriters gathered at his hallowed Houston Street apartment one night a week to play their latest (and usually unfinished) work, and to face criticism from Hardy and their gathered peers. Jack suffered neither egos nor nerves, and when the introduction to a new song got too long and/or apologetic from a songwriter, Hardy would bark, “Shut up and sing the song.” Hardy passed away in 2011 but the Songwriters Exchange continues weekly on East 8th Street hosted by the wonderful Kathryn Bloss. Come and hear this current crop of singer-songwriters.

7pm • Comedy “NATURE BOI” Cordero Wilson presents: Derek Humphrey, Blair Postman, Katie Boyle, Marv Glover and Shari Diaz

El Jardin del Paraiso

706 E 4th St ( C & D)2:30pm • Kids’ day in El Jardin, painting shingles to go onto the children’s toolshed, putting perennial seed heads into the E. 4th Street tree pits; formal placement of tree-name plaques onto 4th Street tree guards; brief walk and talk thru medicinal/pollinator plot.

El Sol Brillante

522 E.12th St (A & B) 2–5pm • Wine tasting entry with Treasure Hunt Passport. Music by Sylvain Leroux Trio, playing original, African traditional and jazz with Sylvain Leroux, flute; Mamadou Ba, bass; Andy Algire, percussions.

Girls Club

402 E. 8th Street (off Avenue D)11am &1pm • Tours. Tours start promptly at 11amand 1pm. Tour of the rooftop farm and environmental teaching center and new ground floor mushroom growing installation.

Green Oasis

370 E 8th St (Aves C & D)1–3pm • Paper Mâché Workshop w/ Ian Knife Part 1. (All ages welcome) Ian Dave knife is a Zimbabwean Sculptor of the Shona stone tradition. His works have been exhibited around the world; he currently teaches at the Complete Sculptor in NYC3–7:15pm • GO Annual Lantern Making Festival. Fall Equinox Lantern Festival. As the days begin to dwindle, make a lantern to celebrate the light! Parade after dark, followed by s’mores in the Garden.

La Guardia Corner Gardens

511 LaGuardia Place (W Houston & Bleeker Sts)12–4pm • Art Installation. LaGuardia Corner garden will present an interactive installation by artist Francine Demeulenaere, Maracas of Seeds. We will also have a display of craft projects using garden plants: eco-dyeing, sun prints, and herbal vinegars, and will giveaway seeds and plants.


221 E 3rd St (Aves B & C)1–5PM • ART RUMBLE. Free-for-all painting— SHOCKING ! We supply the canvas, you supply the talent, set your colors FREE

M’Finda Kalunga

179 Chrystie St.( Rivington St.)Noon • Children’s activity Miracle Garden194 E 3rd St (Aves A & B)12 pm – 5 pm • The Advisor Is in! Need to gain clarity and insights on your life? Asa nod to Lucy van Pelt, Carolyn (who works as a LifeCoach) will be doling out advice on any topic.

Tompkins Square Park

11am–12:30pm • Garden Tours with Park Ranger Sargent Rob. Meeting Location–Saint Marks Place and Avenue A


84 Ave B (6th St) 4–5:30pm • A Garden Variety – POETRY and PROSE, with Mindy Levokove & Sahar Muradi. Words among the bleeding hearts. Featured readers & open mic. Bring words or listen.

6pm • Create Your Own Botanical Slides using seeds,leaves, and flowers, followed by slide projections of your creations. With M.M. Serra and Sally Young.


144 Ave C (9th St)”Love Letters”, an interactive weaving installation that celebrates another magical summer in the garden.

12 – 5pm • Writing love letters to the garden and weaving our love letters together. We’ll collaboratively build the installation.

5pm – 7pm • Installation opening. Engage with the installation at dusk and enjoy an evening in the garden.This installation is run by participatory fiber artist Kacie Lyn Martinez, as a part of Hole in the Wall’s 360 Residency program.