Remember Eat the View, the campaign asking the Obamas to create a White House vegetable garden to feed the staff? Well, the campaign worked and Michelle Obama is busily creating an amazing organic garden at the White House. Feel like a little dirt under your fingernails or eating amazing home grown veggies? If you live in New York City, the New York Restoration Project along with Amy Goldman will be hosting the Vegetable Starts Seed Giveaway in community gardens around the City. So what’s the dirt on the event?
On Saturday May 30th from 1 – 4:00 PM in three community gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, the Seed Savers Exchange will distribute over 2000 heirloom seeds to registered community gardeners and local residents, to make gardening more accessible to New York communities. Experts will be on site to answer any questions and provide gardening tips and tricks. The selection of vegetable seeds that will be available was determined through suggestions submitted by the community. From tomatoes and corn to parsley and oregano, all of the seeds being given away are organic, untreated and have not been genetically engineered, exceeding industry standards and bringing high quality produce into the homes of New York residents for free. Amy Goldman, writer, passionate gardener and advocate of heirloom fruits and vegetables, has generously provided a majority of the seeds for the event.”
Target Community Garden (pictured above)
931-933 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
103rd Street Community Garden
105 East 103rd Street
New York, New York
Bronx Community and Cultural Garden
143rd Street (Willis Avenue)
Bronx, New York
Want to get involved? Local gardeners can register on the NYRP website to become a member and enjoy the many membership benefits, including receiving free seeds.
Many of you know that I am a gardening addict and grow heirloom seeds. My Lemon cucumbers and funny heirloom tomatoes are amazing. With the high price of food along with its huge carbon footprint from grower to table, this is the time to consider joining a community garden if you don’t have a plot of land to grow your own veggies.
My advice? For free seeds and to bend someone ear asking gardening questions? I would be hopping on the next subway or bus to go to this event.
Let me know if your area of the country has a similar event. Also, if you attend this seed exchange, let me know which seeds you picked.
If I attended this event, I would be like a pig in mud. My hands would be outstretched in true “Oliver” character saying, “Please sir. Can I have some more?”