Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Farmers Markets in the Bronx
(Now through November)

La Familia Verde Farmers Market, East Tremont & LaFontaine Avenue,
East Tremont/Crotona, Tuesdays, 8am – 2pm

Learning Tree Farmers Market,
Barnes Avenue just south of East Gun Hill Road,
Williamsbridge, Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm

The Market at Bissel Gardens, Baychester Avenue just south of 241st Street, Wakefield, Saturdays, 9am – 4pm,Wednesdays, 8am – 4pm, Sundays, 8am – 4pm

South Bronx Community Garden Market, 139th Street at St. Ann's Avenue, Mott Haven,Wednesdays, 9am – 6pm

Taqwa Community Farm-stand, Ogden Avenue and 164th Street,HighbridgeSaturdays, 8am – 4pm

West Farmers Market, Just east of the intersection of East Tremont & Boston Road,West Farms, Wednesdays, 9am – 4pm

Poe Park, Grand Concourse and 192 Street, M, W, F, 8am—3pm

Bronx Borough Hall, Grand Concourse and 156 Street, Tuesdays, 8am—6pm

Lincoln Hospital, 149th St. and Morris, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8am—3pm

Farming, Stewardship, and Fresh Foods

Over the past five years I have been thinking a lot about how farming is so much about stewardship, especially organic farming. The amount of time and care organic farmers invest in their land to offer us healthy foods resembles a stewardship relationship involving human beings tending to the earth, having reverence for it, and understanding that the earth offers us life.

After visiting and volunteering on organic farms, I have a deeper appreciation for fertile healthy land that give us organic fruits and vegetables and for organic farmers. Their decision not to use pesticides or other toxic agents tells us they not only care for their land, but just as importantly care for our health and well being.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Welcome to Turf News, a space designed to highlight the work of Turf, a new environmental stewardship project located in the Parkchester neigborhood of south central Bronx. Turf's mission is to provide residents tools and resources to improve the health of their communities.

In many urban neighborhoods health issues are often link to the lack of fresh affordable foods and farmland that produce healthy foods. Unlike rural communities, many urban neighborhoods have few or no farmlands to offer residents fresh food daily. Instead, they depend heavily on small grocery stores, supermarkets, and restaurants for the food. In Parkchester these food systems are valuable to residents. However, if a resident buys fruits and vegetables from their neighborhood grocery store, there is no guarantee that the produce is fresh or has the same amount of nutrients as farm fresh produce.

Fortunately, there are groups throughout the city that are addressing the lack of farm fresh foods in urban communities by creating urban gardens, local greenmarkets and CSAs, but we need more.
From December 2008—June 2009, residents in Parkchester and Turf volunteers will make an assessment of the community’s current food system to begin the process of creating healthy sustainable food systems in Parkchester. Turf is inviting friends to describe their neighborhood's current food system and let us know if it is satisfactory (a healthy system). If not, still describe it and let us know if you would be interested in getting some help from Turf. Please make sure you mention your city and state. Thanks!