Festival Schedule for Wednesday 9/29/2021

Outside of Grace Exhibition Space: 182 Avenue C, Between 11/12th streets

4:30 pm  Kids: Run the Obstacle Course Challenge: painted decorated boxes become an obstacle for a children’s race course. Lead by runner & passionate health advocate Harry B. Lichtenstein.  

6:00pm Wellness: Herbal Class with Noreen Kelly, ND Free Medicinal Herbal Class.  We will learn how to identify medicinally viable plants, determine what is a “weed”, examine the traditional uses of these plants, look at some of the current science, and then make a tea.  All are welcome. https://www.naturopathnyc.com/

:30pm Social Protecting Wilderness: Ancient Forests and Our Future Breaths Learn about an ancient wild forest in the Yaak Valley, Montana – “the lungs of this continent” – that is under threat of being cut and sold for profit. – Write your own imaginings of what the forest has to teach us in our current age of fires – Create a silk wildflower that is native to the Yaak Valley that will be part of the body and organs of a 10-foot puppet installed in this forest.  – Integrate embodied artistic practice, political advocacy and community action.

Also Friday, Oct 1 at 182 Ave C & Saturday, Oct 2 at El Jardin Del Paraiso at 4th /5th between C&D

De Colores Community Yard & Cultural Center, 8th St (Aves B & C)

6:30 pm PERFORMANCE: Tim Cusack’s “I Ping the Body Electric” reimagines Walt Whitman’s iconic ode to the human anatomy from the perspective of a 50-something, HIV-positive gay man. This solo dance-theatre piece, co-created with director Patrice Miller, foregrounds Cusack’s queer, aging, “diseased” bodily presence as the focus of the performance, in the process disrupting and challenging normative valuations concerning “masculinity,” “youth,” and “health.” 

La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez (Ave C & 9th St)

FILMS 6pmGARBAGIA” RT: 10 minutes, Or how the trash was one.

6:30 pm Film: Demeter’s Daughter, Site Work version (1997) With intro by Tamar Rogoff RT: 58 minutes https://tamarrogoff.com/

9C Garden, corner of Avenue C & 9th St)

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 pinclouds.com 
  • Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble – The Great Aria Throwdown dellarteopera.org 
  • 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 meveillard.wordpress.com 
  • Pete Margolis
  • Faith NYC – Felice Rosser, Nao Hakamada, Fin Hunt faithnyc.net/home 
  • Mudball
  • Ray Santiago & Friends – Afro-Cuban Jazz
  • Chupacabras facebook.com/chupacabrasofficial 

Detailed Schedule:

“Art around the Hood” Saturday, June 5

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

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  info@lungsnyc.org

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.

The Ninth Annual LUNGS HARVEST ARTS FESTIVAL is Coming!

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 info@lungsnyc.org 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: CSA@lungsnyc.org

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: csa@lungsnyc.org

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

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.