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
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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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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.

Today’s Schedule for LUNGS Harvest Arts Fest Friday, September 20

Friday, September 20

–Climate Strike! Arts/Crafts and Bling! A Cosmic Walk! Puppets!!! COMEDY!


12pm • Assemble at Foley Square

1pm • March to Battery Park

3:30–5pm • Rally at Battery Park On Friday, September 20, three days before the UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken by our world’s governments to address the climate crisis. New York City’s youth will join this global movement, exerting pressure on the September 23rd UN Climate Change Summit. No longer can we allow the fossil fuel and agricultural lobbies to control the climate change debate. Instead, we are holding our governments morally accountable to youth and the already numerous victims of the crisis. Join us!

Carmen Pab on Del Amanecer Jardin

117 Ave C (7th & 8th Sts)

4:30–6pm • Arts & Crafts with Kelly Pryor & Jewelry Demonstration with Joan Reinmuth

Campos Community Garden

640 E12th St (Aves B & C)

9pm–Midnight • Cosmic Meditative Walk. The Cosmic Walk is a meditative walking ritual that helps us embrace the current scientific knowledge of our 14-billion-yearold Universe into our hearts and our minds.

De Colores Community Yard & Cultural Center

313 E 8th St (Aves B & C)

7pm–8:30pm The Midnight Radio Show, Shadow Puppets a multi-disciplinary collective based in Brooklyn. Using hand-made shadow puppets, live performance, video content, and an actual radio show, they broadcast real magical love to children of all ages.


84 Ave B (6th St)

8pm • Comedy. Come LAUGH in the garden with three comedians: hard-hitting Paola Dattner, part-embryo,part grandmother Carolyn Kitay, and humane/insane Janine Squillari.

Today’s Schedule for the LUNGS Harvest Arts Fest Thursday, September 19

Community Garden Rally 10am on the steps of City Hall.

The gardens continueto be under attack. Our strength is in unity; and ourgoal is to promote the robust preservation of New York City’s community gardens. All gardeners, friends ofgardens and residents of Mother Earth are urged tojoin us. Let’s rally together! WE LOVE OUR COMMUNITY GARDENS. Show the world how you feel! 10am City Hall!

Campos Community Garden

640 E12th St (Aves B & C)

7pm • Stand-up Comedy Garden Variety presented by Nick Probst and Ellington Berg, featuring: Brian Bahe, Peter Murray, Veronica Garza, Gus Constantellis and DoRi Dimplez.

Children’s Garden

194 Ave B (12th St)4–7pm • Bokashi composting workshop with E. Shig Matsukawa. We’ll use the bokashi fermented food waste (FFW) by adding to soil (ground and planters).

De Colores Community Yard &Cultural Center

313 E 8th St (Aves B & C) Today’s musical program is dedicated to the memory of Tim Schellenbaum

5:3 0 p m • HOWL ARTS Presents Modern flute music with Jesse Goldberg, piano and Shannon Vandzura, flute.

7pm • HOWL ARTS Presents Elliott Sharp’s Bootstrappers with Dave Hofstra (bass), Don McKenzie(drums).

Dias y Flores

520 E 13th St (Aves A & B)

5–6pm • Mind Guided Meditation session.


84 Ave B (6th St)

5:30pm • Garden Pests and Soils Q&A with SamAnderson from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

7pm • Science IN & BEYOND the City, with studentsfrom the Berkov tropical ecology lab at the City College of New York:

LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival Schedule Today, Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday September 18

Carmen Pabon Del Amanecer Jardin

117 Ave C (7th & 8th Sts)

6–7:30pm • Jim Flynn performs “Ambient Harp Music”. Social Justice Singer, Song Writer, sponsored by Art Loisaida Foundation.

Children’s Garden

194 Ave B (12th St)

12–7:30pm • Bokashi composting workshop with E. Shig Matsukawa. We’ll manage our food waste dropoff using different techniques with bokashi.

De Colores Community Yard & Cultural Center

313 E 8th St (Aves B & C)

7pm • Stand-up Comedy with Cordero and Company. Featuring Andre D. Thomson, Zubi Ahmed, Jared Waters, Von Mycheal and Jarrod Fortune.


84 Ave B (6th St)

7pm • Ecological City Slideshow Celebrate grassroots climate solutions with Felicia Young’s spectacular slideshow of the 2019 Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions.


616 E9th St (Aves B & C)

7:30–8pm sharp • A performance by Theresa Byrnes, FRESH. Every piece of plastic manufactured on Earth is still with us. Living forever is something we assume, until we learn of death. We want to be remembered. We fear vanishing without a trace. I propose that plastic is a sacred object to be contemplated. We should treat plastic with reverence and not thoughtlessness.

Today’s Harvest Arts Festival Tuesday, September 17

Tuesday September 17

El Jardin del Paraiso

706 E 4th St (Aves C & D)

10:35–11:35am • 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.

Green Oasis

370 E 8th St (Aves C & D)

7:30pm • Movie Night. Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

Miracle Garden

194 E 3rd St (Aves A & B)

7:30–9:30pm • Non-Human Persons. Video projection by Miah Artola. Her drawings, films and animations of a variety of animal and sea life. Visit

6–7:30pm • Gabriel Royal. Singer/songwriter/cellist beautifully fuses R&B, Jazz, and Classical elements to create an entirely original sound. Check out YouTube, Gabriel Royal.


84 Ave B (6th St)

7pm • Marlis Momber film. Marlis Momber’s 1978 documentary about the LES, Viva Loisaida, chronicles what life was like for the director and her fellow immigrants in the mid 1970s.