Our blog has been quiet for a while, but don’t worry, fall semester has started, so we’re back to show you some of what CommAg has been up to this summer and what our plans are for the next couple of semesters.
Filling up the beds with fresh soil
Maggie and Alex assembling our new bench
A few dedicated members and a very committed advisor have been working hard all summer to beautify and update our Washington Square Village garden. The wood of a lot of our beds had completely rotted through, the soil we had was so nutrient-depleted after many years of use that it hardly grew anything (even weeds!), and the space in general needed a lot of loving. Alex, Christina, Maggie, Morgan and Nick began meeting weekly to update the garden in May. We requested some new beds and fresh soil, built some new beds and lined them, redid our compost area in the back, added a bench and planted tons of flowers and veggies.
Cherry tomatoes and basil, with sunflower sprouting in the back
Some of our new beds with happy sproutlings
Spinach and beans
A midsummer lettuce harvest
The garden is already blooming with big tomatoes plants, zinnias about open and bean stalks climbing up their trellises. We can’t wait to spend a lot of time in the garden with you all this fall semester and to continue working on the garden. We’re even hoping to use some of the produce to make delicious snacks for our meetings and use the garden to learn about agriculture in the city. We’ll be sending out meeting information over our OrgSync list (join here), on Twitter and on Facebook. We hope you’ll join us this semester!
At last week’s CommAg meeting, one of our members (who I happen to be madly in love with) talked about the importance of the word “community” in “Community Agriculture”. The club revolves around agriculture and food, but it’s really about something much more: the comradery and love that blossom when our interests bring us together and propel our the development of our relationships. In honor of today, Valentine’s day, I made a list of things that are relevant to my conception of love, whether amongst a group, between two friends, or a boy and his boo.
– Listening to a great song and staring out the window of a subway as it goes over a bridge while thinking about someone cool.
– The first hug for a long time.
– Sharing an orange.
– Icebreakers with a group of great folks.
– Snowball fights.
– Good deeds, like giving up your seat on the subway or buying a sandwich for someone hungry without a home.
-Yesterday I saw a man drinking a King Cobra on the stoop around the corner of the Tisch building. I greeted him and we shook hands and I told him that I love Cobra too. It was really nice.
– Persevering through hardship. If you have only have one bowl and one spoon and a half cup of rice, sharing it with your best friend will make it great. Love is the best spice.
-Two people laughing together who don’t speak the same language.
A big part of love is realizing that we all are, to some degree, the same. We each have our own relation to the human condition, and when people find that their reference points to life are similar, they connect. And that’s awesome.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Come to our first meeting of the semester
THIS THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM IN KIMMEL 901
for good company, some updates on the garden, upcoming events, and moreeee!
Keep an eye on agrowculture, they are supporting urban farmers by connecting them to their communities. Find a farm near you, petition for one, or start your own!
Watch this video of an adorable 11 year old boy talking about what’s wrong with the food system.
And grab a student discounted ticket for the 2012 Just Food Conference with food talks, workshops, panels, a Good Food Jobs Fair, and a keynote address from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen A. Merrigan. Read more here!