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NYRP Community Garden To Host ‘Lunchology’ Event

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Helping kids make healthy food choices is a challenge, especially during back-to-school time. It’s natural to seek the most convenient options for the sake of saving time and sanity. But with a little extra help, the convenient choices can be healthier, too!

Thanks to Fidelis Care and lifestyle expert Evette Rios, that extra help is here with the new initiative Lunchology: The Basics of Healthy School Lunches.

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Need some healthy meal ideas from the garden? You’re good to GROW!

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As summer comes to a close, gardens are yielding a bounty–and five New York Restoration Project community gardens near and dear to Fidelis Care are no exception.

Whether you’re getting fresh produce from one of these Fidelis Care-sponsored community gardens, or growing your own in your backyard, balcony or windowsill, you can never have too many ideas for what to do with your healthy harvest. That’s why we took stock of our NYRP community garden crops, and scoured the web for great recipes to give you a little inspiration in the kitchen.

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What You Don’t See

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Walk past any of the hundreds of parks and gardens in New York City and look around. What do you see? Perhaps you see an array of red oaks or London planes, towering over small apartment buildings like giants. Or rolling meadows, filled with families and friends all enjoying a beautiful beneath the blue sky, far away from the smog and noise of the urban jungle. Or maybe you see hidden paths, winding through perfectly maintained brush, towards vales unknown or forgotten to time. Look around and you will see a park, a garden or even a forest, emerald islands amidst a sea of asphalt and concrete.

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Bathgate Community Gardeners Conserve Rain Water for their Garden

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We Grok It! is a fantastic organization dedicated to social and environmental justice. They foster health and sustainability through science, empowering residents to act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past 2 seasons, Bathgate Community Garden in the Bronx has been working with We Grok It! to support their space.

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July Plant of the Month: Hardy White Water Lily

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As we enter into the dog days of summer our sweltering bodies tend to gravitate toward anything resembling an oasis. An outdoor space fitted with an aquatic feature is your salvation. Complete with aquatic plants, this space is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoor garden experience. Water features, whether a small pond or aquatic container, offer so much in increasing the diversity and ecosystem in an open space. They not only attract birds, beneficial insects, and pollinators but also can be a habitat for fish and reptiles. One of my favorite times of year is when our native hardy water lilies come into bloom. I can’t think of a more stunningly beautiful, symmetrically perfect flower one can come across in a garden setting.

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The Walt Disney Company Celebrates 103rd Street Community Garden Expansion

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On Tuesday, June 14th we celebrated the expansion of the 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem. The Garden re-opening showcased the additional 2,200 square feet of space, bringing the total size of the garden to 17,600 square feet, approximately ½ an acre! This expansion was made possible from sponsor The Walt Disney Company and through materials and volunteer labor provided by The Home Depot, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Old Castle/Belgard.

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K-6 Grade Garden Growers Got Their Hands Dirty this Spring!

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Summer is here! For some, this is a time for graduation, trips to the beach, and depending on your neighborhood, the classic New York City block party where folks come together for BBQs, games of dominoes, and double-dutch on the sidewalk. For NYRP's environmental educators, the beginning of summer signals the end of our spring Garden Growers program.

Our environmental education team aims to introduce hundreds of children a year to New York City’s nature and ecology by turning the city’s parks and community gardens into outdoor classrooms. Since late March, NYRP environmental educators engaged 15 classes across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn in multiple garden sessions. K-6 grade students met every 2 weeks, for a total of 5 sessions per school; totaling 75 sessions in all! Students joined us outside and got dirty in NYRP garden beds raising vegetables from seed to plate while gaining valuable lessons in environmental science and stewardship.

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Chicken Enthusiasts Gather in Crown Heights

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Tell someone you want to raise chickens in New York City and you'll likely get a glaring side eye and a slew of objections. Urban chicken keepers often face questions about space, safety, smells, and sounds. Luckily City Chicken Institute is dispelling the myth that there’s no room for chickens in our cityscape.

New York Restoration Project, partnering with Just Food, presents monthly workshops with Lydia Schmidt and the happy hens of Imani Community Garden in Crown Heights.

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Gardening Tips & Tricks: Water and Mulch!

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At NYRP, our staff is comprised of dedicated, motivated, and green-minded individuals. These folks include experts in the field of horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental education, and community relations that are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you. We asked a few of our resident gardening experts for their top tips to help you get the most out of your garden this season! Read on to learn about watering and mulching from Rosemarie Miner, our Citywide Volunteer Programs Coordinator, and join her in the field at our next volunteer event!

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May in Northern Manhattan

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May has been a fantastic month for volunteers in Northern Manhattan, from Sherman Creek Stewards to our partner-led Children’s Garden programs! Despite the often dreary weather last month, folks were eager to get into their local parks to act as stewards of their environment. We were just as eager to give them the opportunity!

Here’s a quick recap of what happened in May...

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