There aren’t many things to get excited about around this time. Summer is ending, and with it are the hopes and dreams of all the summer things you wanted to do and kept putting off. The leaves will turn, and they will be glorious, but not as glorious as an ice-cold mojito at a roof-top summer shindig.
Today, while manning the post during a shift for our grow-nyc produce box pick-up, I got excited. Not by the rain that came before we could take shelter, and not by the beautiful and alluring array of farm fresh food amidst a sea of wilting and depressing produce that is found in our neighborhood grocery stores. I got excited by a woman, or better yet, by what she taught me today.
During our pick up times, we like to spice things up with cooking demos for the masses of people who appreciate a little kitchen knowledge sharing and today was no exception. Today our amazing chef KalaLea of Why Did I Eat That? prepared a deceptively filling dish of chia seed pudding topped with cooked apples and plums, leaving me swelling with excitement to go and try it at home!
And in the tradition of knowledge sharing, I now bring this recipe for the chia seed pudding to you:
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional, if you like chocolate pudding)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup preferred milk (cow, almond, soy, WHATEV)
2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
1teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix all of the ingredients in a jar, shake vigorously till well blended.
- Cover the jar with a lid and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
- Top with whatever fruit, nuts or other pudding toppings you want!
- Eat and Enjoy!
SATURDAY, MAY 3RD NOON-6PM: SPRING KICK OFF PLANTING PARTY
JOIN 462 HALSEY COMMUNITY GARDEN AS WE OFFICIALLY KICK OFF SPRING WITH A FULL DAY OF EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! COME GET DOWN AND DIRTY AS WE PLANT CROPS FOR THE SEASON FOLLOWED BY A FULL OUT BBQ! BRING A DISH OR NOT, WE WELCOME YOU JUST THE SAME!
NOON-1PM GARDEN ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS
1PM-3PM CROP PLANTING AND WATERING
SATURDAY, MAY 10TH 11AM-4PM: WORKDAY
THERE IS STILL A LOT TO GET DONE AT HALSEY TO PREPARE US FOR AWESOME EVENTS AND A PRODUCTIVE GROWING SEASON. DRESS TO GET DIRTY! WE WILL BE FINISHING THE BUILDING OF OUR BEDS, CLEANING UP GENERAL AREAS AND GETTING A HEAD START ON CREATING NEW SIGNAGE AROUND THE GARDEN!
SATURDAY, MAY 17TH 11AM-4PM: “GARDEN CIRCUIT WORKOUT” WORKDAY
WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE THE GARDEN (AND YOU) IN TIP TOP SHAPE BY THE END OF THIS WORKDAY. DURING THIS DAY, WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW GARDENING CAN GET YOUR SUMMER BODY READY TO BE SHOWN OFF WITH “THE GARDEN CIRCUIT WORKOUT”.
DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES WORK OUT DIFFERENT MUSCLES IN YOUR BODY AND WE WILL SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE WORKING OUT AS YOU DO DIFFERENT TASKS IN THE GARDEN.
WANT TO BUILD THOSE BICEPS, TRICEPS AND SHOULDER BLADES? WELL START SHOVELING SOME SOIL!
NEED TO ADD SOME RESISTANCE IN YOUR SQUAT ROUTINE? WE HAVE SOME CINDER BLOCKS THAT NEED LIFTING!
ALL THAT AND MORE, SO COME IN YOUR GARDEN WORKOUT GEAR TO GET FIT IN THE FRESH AIR!
Happy Spring! After a seemingly endless winter, spring is finally here – seeds are in the ground and April showers are falling.
Big changes are happening at 462 Halsey. This year, 462 Halsey is transforming from garden to urban farm (don’t worry – we’ll still have plenty of space for kickin’ it! Hammocks here we come!). The majority of our garden will be dedicated to communal plants. The small beds are being replaced with 4’x24’ rows that are 30” deep. This remodel gives us much more space to work with. Additionally, we will be able to plant our crops where they will thrive. Our garden is shadier than would be ideal and the communal planting plan will maximize our sunlight.
Chances are, if you walked by the garden in the last few months, you saw over a dozen giant pallets of soil. Last summer, 462 Halsey participated in a soil testing study and we were not happy with the results. Facing toxins all around – from passing buses and lead-filled soil on the ground, we learned that our dirt was not very healthy. Because healthy soil equals healthy food, we implemented an ambitious plan last fall. We are growing a living wall of decorative perennials at the front of our garden to capture pollution from the street. We built up our raised beds and added organic material to the soil, to keep toxic soil out and to prevent heavy metals from leaching into the water system. (If you are interested in the science behind this process, leave a comment – I am happy to explain!).
The bigger deeper beds will also make our plants very happy. The new beds provide ample root space and will retain moisture better than the shallow beds. Each bed is filled with a rich mix of our existing soil, horse manure from Kensington Stables and beautiful, rich compost from 462 Halsey. We got a tremendous delivery from NYC Recycles this winter – 13 pallets of NYC compost/topsoil mix. This rich, nutritious soil, deep beds and communal planting plans will greatly increase our production!
There’s still a lot of work to be done and we’ve changed the way we are doing that as well! Inspired by our kick-ass compost crew, we created six committees to run the garden: Finance and Legal; Outreach and Public Relations; Education and Events; Maintenance; Compost; Communal Beds. Every garden member is free to choose the committee(s) that appeal to them. We hope this new model will encourage a diversity of leadership, encourage participation and build friendships.
If you’re interested in joining us, we would love to have you! Please check out our membership page for more information.