Farming to Feed the Bushwick Community

We returned to Bushwick City Farm, an amazing volunteer run community farm and green space that gives the food and fresh eggs to the community.

It had snowed a few days earlier, but the weather this Saturday was perfect. The kids loved digging out and hauling dirt and wood from an old vegetable bed. We turned the  compost, mulched and gave water to the chickens and ducks.

When we were done all our hard work we had a bonfire and made smores!

 

Valentines Love For All

In Celebration of upcoming Valentines Day, we went to spread some love at the Cobble Hill Health Center. It was a skeleton crew due to cold/flu season, but we showed up with lots of enthusiasm to work along with residents making flower bouquets for. Thank you to Bloom Again Brooklyn for donating the flowers.

Looking at the glow on the faces of our volunteers, I can very honestly say that we reeived far more than we gave that day. Our members heard amazing stories and learned of incredibale talents from the residents. The paintings shown above were painted by an artist who uses his mouth to hold the brush.

Thank you so much to all who came, and thank you to Cole for serenading everyone with music!

Holiday Gifts for BCS

 

We partnered with Brooklyn Community Services, a 150+ year old organization that helps underpriveledged children and adults with mental and intellectual disabilities throughout Brooklyn.  Our generous Open Heart Community supplies gifts for many of the children enrolled in their afterschool programs.

We got together at Tottown, where Nobella generously donated the use of her space. Everyone channeled their inner artist, shared some laughs, and worked together to create beautiful wrapping paper, and then we wrapped and labeled all the gifts.

The next day they were delivered to the amazing, hard working team at BCS.

Thank you everyone who donated gifts and everyone who came to wrap them.

Community Dinner with Friends

We joined the Brooklyn Friends Community Church in Brooklyn Heights to help out at their monthly community dinner. They serve dinner to aprox 80-100 in need adults and children the last Sunday of every month. It was such a pleasure to work with them and see the tremendous job they do.

Before our guests arrived we prepared cookies, sliced and buttered bread, made welcome notes and set tables. When the guests came in we greeted them at the door, served food and beverages, chatted, delivered gift bags, and then helped clean up.

It was a long day for many of our younger volunteers, so we also took breaks, and met new friends in the adjoining playground.

The Brooklyn Friends Community was so welcoming and accomodating of our little helpers. They would love to have volunteers come by any last Sunday of the month to help out. Location is 110 Schermehorn Street

Apple Picking for City Harvest

Our hard working and very dedicated apple pickers met up at Outhouse Orchards on a very hot fall day! We wish they had a swimming pool, but instead we drank lots of cool apple cider. We read “The Growing Tree” to remind ourselves to thank the trees for their nourishment.  We explored the orchard, got lost in a corn maze, listened to live music and hula hooped. We collected apples, and sampled, so many apples!  The next day the crispy fresh apples were donated to the Bowery Mission.

 

Park Cleanup in Bed Stuy

After reading one of my favorite Dr Seuss books, “What was I afraid of ?”…..Our park cleaners got to work with brooms and gloves cleaning Von King Park in Bed Stuy. We were happy to report that there was not as much trash as we expected. Our older kids counted the cigarette butts and did find a lot of those, along with some remnants of picnics and bbq’s.

We finished off out day with a picnic if our own, but we made sure not leave any of our trash behind!

Visit to Bushwick City Farm

After getting a tour of the farm, and learning about all the produce that is grown and donated for free to the community, we got to work!

We had various jobs such as turning the compost piles, cleaning the chicken coops, re planting some of the seedlings to larger beds and picking up litter. The farm lets neighbors in the community pick their own herbs and veggies, and gives away all the eggs collected from the chickens.

A group of our familiea caught fish from the aquaponics tank and transfered them to another tank. The remaining dirty water is used as fertilizer for the plants.

If you missed this project but want to volunteer on your own, you can stop by 354 Stockton Street any weekend from 1230- sunset.

Sean Casey Animal Shelter

On an unexpected cold and snowy day in March, we met at the Sean Casey Animal Shelter in Windsor Terrace to meet some shelter animals and share some love. We snuggled the smaller dogs and fed them treats

Along with dogs we had a great time playing with Turtles that were roaming freely, we looked at lizards, spoke with birds. Thanks to the helpers at Sean Casey for a wonderful day!

Valentines Bags for the Homeless

In honor of Valentines Day we learned about sharing love with our community at the Brooklyn head quarters of “Repair the World”. We listened to a representative from Camba teach us about the homeless population in NYC. We talked about how it feels when you see someone who is homeless and you want to help and don’t know how to. We learned that sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is acknowledge someone, look at them, say hi, smile.

We read some books about love and helping our neighbors, and ways to share love and show love. Repair the World provided the supplies together we made Valentine gifts bags with snacks and essentials to take home with us. Next time we see a homeless person on the street or subway we can give them our bag and say hello.

 

Visit to Cobble Hill Health Center

We had a great time with the residents at Cobble Hill Health Center. Thanks to BloomAgain for donating flowers and supplies. We met in their community room, sang and read stories together with the residents. After that we all worked together to make flower arrangements. Some of our children handed the bouquets out to the residents that were less mobile, some even went upstairs into their rooms to say hi and hand out flowers. It was so much fun to spread warmth and sunshine and make new friends! We can’t wait to go back and visit them again soon