Bushwick Events This Weekend

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#BLACKLIVESMATTER

This march is going to be massive and is organized in a very short time, we can use all the support we can get. So we would like to reach out to all of you who are able to step up and fill support roles.

TODAY 6-9 PM

RSVP HERE

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For those art lovers. Come on out and support a dope underground Graffiti Movement by Brooklyn Artist

All art will be for sale.

1 718 Collective will be donating 25% to Educated Little Monsters Youth Group

All info on Flyer

*Music

*Drinks

Join The EVent on Facebook

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No one should spend the Holidays Alone

Swerve Church a local ministry will be putting a community potluck together

Saturday December 13th at Express Yourself Cafe 

82 Central Ave, Brooklyn New York

Join their Facebook Event Page

Click Here 

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#FeministsOnTheMove Contingent at Millions March NYC

Led by AF3IRM NYC and the Sister Circle Collective.

The meetup location is at Washington Sq North and 5th Avenue at 1pm. Wear as much purple as you can!

All signs, chants etc should be in honor of the women, girls and LGBTQ, gender non-conforming folks who have lost their lives to state and police violence. In particular, we will honor Black women, girls and LGBTQ folks such as Aiyana Jones, Kayla Moore, Nizah Moore, Rekia Boyd, Shantel Davis and more.

RSVP HERE

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Halloween Weekend Events

Friday October 31st

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Tomorrow evening between 5:30 and 8:30 pm Swerve Church will be at Maria Hernandez Park giving away bags of candy to the first 200 kids and taking free photos. You will be able to see your pics on the Swerve Church Facebook page for you to like, tag, share and save. They will also be taking down emails to send the pictures.
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Things To do This Weekend

Saturday October 18 2014 

Bushwick Vendors Market

Come check out some amazing vendors for the Bushwick Vendors Market happening this Weekend at The Silent Barn venue.

603 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn NY

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Here are some of the vendors you can expect to see at the market. Support this community driven market that aims to build and create opportunities within the community.

From Vintage, to designers, artist, crafters, jewelry, and more.

Click on pictures to see websites!

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Come out this weekend and have some fun with the booth pics

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JcorpTm Brooklyn Based Illustrational Artist

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JcorpTm Bushwick Based artist

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Good Fly NYC

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SIlk Worm Studios

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High Style Bold Fashion

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This is only sneak peak make sure to come out and check out some amazing creators.

Email BushwickVendorsMarket@gmail.com

Sunday October 19 2014

1st ANNUAL KIDS’S STUFF SWAP

CLICK ON FLYER TO RSVP

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1ST ANNUAL KID’S STUFF SWAP

Behind the Scenes of Bushwick’s Most Inspiring New Mural

by Sarah Quinter

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This summer, “Guided Gateways,” a 22’ by 109’ mural designed to spark dialogue about reproductive health in was unveiled on Wyckoff Avenue and Putnam Street. The mural was a project of lead artist Crystal Clarity in partnership with teen participants in Groundswell’s Voices Her’d Visionaries leadership development program.

I visited the mural site several times and spoke with the young women working on the mural. They told me that they started in the spring by discussing issues of teen pregnancy and women’s empowerment. They came up with five issues they wanted to address through the piece: consent, the restriction of access to reproductive care, the shaming of teen pregnancy, accessing knowledge around women’s well-being, and communication between generations of women. They then did word association sketches to generate images for the mural. Crystal then helped the young women unify their ideas into a single composition, and the team got to work. They told me that the feedback they got from passers-by was mostly positive, though some males questioned why there were no males on the team or depicted in the mural. This sparked dialog about how women’s perspectives were rarely given center stage, and the importance of providing venues for those perspectives. The teen artists spoke to me about how the project not only helped them strengthen their skills, but gain confidence in their voice and community. After the unveiling ceremony on August 28th, I interviewed Crystal via email about her work as an artist and educator and her connection to the neighborhood:

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What’s your connection to Bushwick? What are your feelings about this neighborhood?

I started teaching at the El Puente Bushwick Center around 2002. It was my first art teaching gig and I found there a community I had been looking for for a long time. I taught there for about five years and watched a lot of young people grow up there. I grew up there too! My first apartment as an adult was in Bushwick on Jefferson Street – it is a very special neighborhood to me. It’s full of families and people like my parents who are here in the US trying to raise their babies the best they can. Working class mostly Latino peoples – my peoples. I feel very much at home here.
The first large-scale community mural I ever painted is here in Bushwick – “Time Flies: A Brief History of Bushwick” on Knickerbocker Avenue and Woodbine Street. I was part of a huge crew of amazing community-minded artists working with El Puente. My mentor Joe Matunis, a serious muralist, gave me the centerpiece to rock and it was everything! I became a muralist here.  I became a teaching artist here – this was the foundation for the rest of my life’s work. Now I feel I have come full circle with this mural I have led and given other young artists space to rock – it is my/our best work to date.  I will always have tremendous love and respect for Bushwick.

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Please describe your current project. What has been the process for the mural, and what do you hope to communicate?

This project is a Groundswell Program called Voices Her’d . It was started by Katie Yamasaki and is designed to give voice and stage to critical issues that young women are dealing with. It is led by women artists with a theme chosen by youth. This year’s theme was teen pregnancy and female empowerment. We started by looking at how this conversation is being held in public space. We looked at the recent PSA’s of crying babies with shaming narratives blaming young mothers for the ills of society. We talked about how this conversation is held at home and in schools if at all and concluded the base of all these conversations was coming from a place of shame, fear and judgment. We decided to construct our narrative addressing that and also expanding the narrative socially, personally and politically. The politics of men making decisions for women’s bodies is addressed — advocacy for reproductive justice is encouraged. Access to sex ed, contraception and abortion should be issues where women have full autonomy. Shaming is present in the mural because it’s a reality, but it’s dwarfed by images depicting the kind of positive and powerful relationships young women need to have with older women to initiate safely into womanhood. Conversations with partners and consent and mindfulness is encouraged. A young woman is shown balancing a child with her school books and talents while standing on an alarm clock, and conversations with families about sex is encouraged.

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In fairness – art has a way of meaning different things depending on the viewer. I’ve noticed people on the street pointing and talking to each other – they talk to us and tell us what it means to them. Some get precisely to the letter what we are saying, some misinterpret, some are offended (mostly homophobic men petrified of being excluded in a woman’s vision of power). Or just afraid of women’s power.
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What themes have you explored in your work over the years? Who are your audiences and what kinds of messages have you aimed to convey?

My work primarily serves and celebrates women of color – women of the Afro-Caribbean and indigenous diaspora. I aim to decolonize the image of black and brown bodies and return us to the throne of our original power and dignity. I want to create images that counter the spiritually and mentally damaging visual culture that surrounds us and programs us everyday.
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You’ve worked with young people for a long time as an artist and an educator. What values and skills do you try to impart to them? What principles or values inform how you interact with youth?

It is important to me when working with young people – especially youth of color – to first create a safe space and a place of mutual respect and appreciation. Non-judgment and gratitude and respect are foundation.  But best practice in anything is emphasized. They need to be prepared to work hard and I don’t give a lot of space for lame excuses that we are programmed with from birth to tame our limitless potential. They have to show up and they have to try and they have to be honest, not for me or for a program, but for themselves. I lead with them as leaders beside me. I value their ideas and objections and respect their concerns and fears, as long as they are not excuses to stop looking for a solution. My major principles are reciprocity and each one teach one and I let them know at any given moment that I have something to learn from them and that I’m not the only one with valuable knowledge and experience.
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Do you have a memorable story to tell about being an educator?

I always tell this story about the first big mural I worked on, the one in Bushwick on Knickerbocker with the two spiraling birds on the corner. I was so intimidated by the scale, it was the biggest thing I had ever been responsible for designing. I was about to start working on the gigantic feathers with one other youth. I looked at him – we looked at each other and he says,” It’s so big, I’m scared to paint this, I’m scared to mess up.” I said, “Me too, all day, but let’s do it anyway.” We just started rocking out and overcame that together. I think it’s important to show kids that it’s ok to be scared or vulnerable and make mistakes. But it’s not ok to let it stop you from pushing forward.
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What artistic and cultural influences have shaped your style and aesthetic?

I’m a NYC baby – an 80s baby – a child of hip hop and of the inner city. I’m a Boricua – all of these modalities shape my expressions, visual and lyrical/ poetic, etc.
What media have you worked with and what have made them important to you? (murals, printmaking, etc)
Drawing is fundamental, but I regrettably don’t do it nearly enough. Murals have been a huge part of my creative practice over the past ten years and sometimes I feel the need to expand inward from the community to my individual voice. I’m working on giving myself permission to do that. I always feel such a harsh sense of responsibility and obligation to the greater voice and vision of people in struggle. Murals are important to me as a people’s art – a democratic art form.
Printmaking is my second love for similar reasons, but I love its ability to still be a people’s art and tool for disseminating information but while retaining a space for the individual artist to flex. I love printmaking and murals – I could do it till I’m done!
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Where do you hope to take your work as an artist and educator in the future? What’s on the horizon for you?

I really want to create for myself the kind of artist residencies that take what I love doing and help really amazing people and organizations with their visual presence. I want to work more on my printmaking and teach silkscreen 😉

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Is there anything else you’d like to add? Some advice to aspiring artists?

Do what you love and love what you do. Make purpose primary and everything else will line up. Don’t chase money – it’s not real. What you do and leave behind is the wealth you seek. Everything leads to the next thing.  Be generous with your talents and heart but don’t let people exploit you. Be disciplined but live your life! Have fun. Dig deep. Integrity is everything. Say yes a lot but learn when to say no. Hydrate. Exercise. Love abundantly, create constantly.

Love ,
Clarity

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Bushwick Vendors Market

Come out tomorrow September 14th to The Bushwick Vendors Market happening at the Silent Barn. 603 Bushwick Ave From 12-7pm.
BVM is a new community  oriented market hoping to attract people from all walks of life. While creating opportunities within the neighborhood.
Here are a few photos of some of the vendors you will see tomorrow.

        Scented Candles

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               Jewelry

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            Home Decor

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        Stuffed Animals

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DRTY SMMR, BUSHWICK NIGHTS

by Jaz Colon

Ok, so we know that there are a bunch of boutiques, galleries, and cafes popping up in Bushwick. With four coffee shops on one block, it’s all becoming over-rated. Some people have even said that it’s no longer feeling like a community. Why is there a huge disconnect between the new community that is being built and the pre-existing one that has been around for thirty-plus years? It’s not the new businesses that are creating this feeling. It’s the people who run them. However, this is not the story with every new venture in Bushwick. There are a lot of genuine people doing amazing things through all forms of art, from music, dancing, fashion, and more.

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Alfredo Leijia (29, born and raised in Texas) and Shock Vintage (29, born and raised in Atlanta, GA) are among the many talented. They run a collaborative boutique called DRTY SMMR (DS), which lies on 1198 Myrtle Ave. Being under the loud and constantly running M train gives their storefront a chic, yet edgy look. From the outside you can see at least two racks filled with treasures: evening gowns, vintage findings, and punky, avant-garde styles. Inside are enough beautiful accessories to leave you with a completely new outfit.

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Beautiful murals, along with paintings, dress their walls. DS has it all, but the thing that struck me the most was the vibe I got the minute I walked into the space. It felt inviting. Alfredo and Shock were very warm and vibrant and filled with genuine personality. You could sense their joy in having you there. Their whole essence and how they carry themselves represent community. They really have a passion to build bonds with every one who walks in and out of their shop. Alfredo and Shock are very connected to the local youth group, Educated Little Monsters. Shock came and spent a day with them talking about fashion and design. Alfredo created the costume for their first dance showcase. He took care of them. Knowing that this little shop not only offers unique fashion, but also helps the community is a win for any town. Make sure you come out and give them a visit.

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Here’s a little info about the designers:

Bushwick Bridge (BWB): How long have you lived in Bushwick and what made you choose Bushwick?

Alfredo Leijia (AL): Actually, my first apartment was in Bed-Stuy, in 2010. I left there at the time, because I felt like it wasn’t coming up fast enough. You know, that young creative life. The Bushwick art scene was a lot stronger than it was in Bed-Stuy at the time.

Shock Vintage (SV): I’ve been in Bushwick, on and off, for four years. I chose Bushwick for the prices and distance to the city.

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BWB: How long have you been designing?

AL: Wow, I was about fifteen. I designed four girls’ dresses and my suit for our high school prom. I was sketching at seven years old. I always knew that I wanted to make things with my hands and at fifteen I knew it was my passion. I still have the sketch of an off-the-shoulder jacket I made in red.

SV: I’ve been designing ever since I was about 12-years-old.

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BWB: How would you describe your designs?

AL: They are edgy and elegant. I always feel like I’m dressing up a vampire from the 1920s. I wish I grew up in the 1920s and the 1940s. I love [those eras]. [They] inspire my style.

SV: My designer style is a mixture between urban-wear and athletic-wear. And [it’s] slightly couture, due to the authenticity.

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BWB: How has your experience been overall in Bushwick?

AL: I really like it a lot. It’s one of the best communities I’ve been to. So many mixtures of people. I love the diversity. We get a lot of good feedback from people who come by our shop. We had this one lady–who happened to be a native–who told us, “Thank you for bringing some beauty to our community.” It felt amazing to hear her say that. It’s also an overwhelming feeling to see how happy a new client is when they get something custom-made specifically for them. It always feels like my first piece.

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BWB: Do you think Bushwick fits your style?

SV: Bushwick, like most areas, don’t necessarily fit my style, because I’m extremely unique within my style. It’s never planned. It’s inspired by culture and art and fashion.

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BWB: What do you love most about designing clothes?

SV: Designing clothes is very therapeutic. It’s also exclusive, because you are the only person who creates that design. There is nothing like originality.

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Una Granja Crece en Bushwick

por Sarah Quinter

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La intersección bulliciosa de Myrtle Avenue y Broadway es el último lugar donde uno esperaría encontrar huertos lleno de frutas y verduras orgánicas, pollos y patos picoteando en el suelo, o niños aprendiendo sobre el abono y las abejas. Sin embargo, a sólo dos cuadras de en una pequeña calle llamada Stockton, usted puede encontrar todo esto y mucho más.

Bushwick City Farm se encuentra en 354 Stockton Street y Lewis Avenue, que sería siendo técnicamente Bedford-Stuyvesant, ya que esta en el otro lado de Broadway. Sin embargo, el nombre sigue debido a que había originalmente dos jardines, uno que se encontraba justo dentro de las fronteras de Bushwick y que ya no existe. La granja, que comenzó originalmente en 2008, tuvo que cerrar cuando el propietario del lote, donde este localizado, decidió construir un edificio residencial/comercial en ese sitio. Aún así, el jardín más grande en Stockton permanece.

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Al acercarse a la granja, uno pone atención a los girasoles que emergen poderosamente con los edificios de ladrillo como fondo. En el interior, hay un gran kiosco con mesas de picnic, una parrilla, y hasta una biblioteca. La estructura fue construida a mano el pasado invierno del 2013 por estudiantes de intermedio y la secundaria a través de un programa llamado Taller Urbano. Hay huertos hexagonales, un gallinero grande,  contenedores de abono, una colmena, y enrejados para las vides. Todos han sido construidos principalmente con materiales de segunda mano o reciclados. Jason Reis, uno de los voluntarios mas involucrados con la granja, me mostró los tomates, maíz, berza, hierbas, arándanos, y otros cultivos. Una mujer del vecindario, Elsie, estaba cuidadosamente quitando las pequeñas semillas de las vainas de la berza ya que iba a guardarlo para que sean cultivados el próximo año. Los niños jugaban en el centro de la granja, salpicándose el uno al otro en la piscina y inventando sus propios juegos.

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Hablé con Jason mientras rodrigaba los tomates un domingo caluroso por la tarde. Él describió los objetivos de la granja Bushwick City como:  proporcionar comida gratuita para los residentes de la comunidad, crear un espacio comunitario, y promover la educación y el aprecio a la agricultura ecológica en un entorno urbano. Todo en la granja es comunal ya que personas cultivan lo que pueden, cosechan lo que les gusta y si pueden donan su tiempo a colaborar en la granja. Los domingos,  se regalan los huevos de las gallinas. A través de un par de subvenciones del Citizen’s Committee for NYC pueden cubrir gastos como el alimento de los pollos y alquileres del taller de carpintería pero casi todo lo demás se sustenta con puro ingenio.

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La granja ha avanzado mucho viendo que hace tres años era un lote lleno de basura. El propietario de la parcela permite que la gente lo utilice pero también es una realidad que puede optar por venderlo o construir sobre el sitio en cualquier momento. Como muchas cosas en Bushwick, la finca es hermosa, pero también precaria ya que a simple vista parece que la mayoría de los voluntarios son blancos y no originalmente del barrio. Aunque está claro que ellos están dedicados a crear un espacio inclusivo para todos dado que hablan en español e inglés y parecen conocer muy bien la mayoría de los niños.

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Jason explicó que la granja estaba definitivamente allí para servir a los niños, sin embargo, a veces se sentían abrumados cuando muchos de los padres dejaban a sus hijos y no había suficientes voluntarios para supervisarlos. Regrese el siguiente fin de semana durante una parrillada para el día de los Padres, que también funciono como un esfuerzo para conseguir más participación por parte de los padres. Algunos padres estaban allí al igual que algunos voluntarios, pero todos coincidieron en que más padres tenían que involucrarse. Hablamos de las dificultades de hacer que la gente se ofrezca como voluntarios en comunidades donde se vive muchas adversidades pero con el acuerdo en que todavía era importante intentar. Los padres con los que hablé dijeron el estar agradecidos que sus niños puedan aprender y vivir la experiencia del “círculo de la vida” al cuidar de los animales y las plantas en Bushwick City Farm.

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Los niños y adolescentes con los que hablé expresaron claramente su entusiasmo por pasar tiempo con las plantas, los pollos y poder jugar con sus amigos en un lugar seguro. La mayoría de ellos han estado viniendo desde la creación de la granja y animan a otros a disfrutar y apoyar el proyecto. Hablé con una visitante de Alemania, quien dijo que no había nada que se le parezca de dónde venía. Ella se inspiró para ver el lugar por sí misma cuando ella estaba planeando su viaje a los Estados Unidos y vio un programa de televisión sobre Bushwick City Farms. Hubo una gran cantidad de diversidad aquel día en cuanto a la edad, la etnia, la religión, y más, todo en un ambiente muy familiar.

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Los voluntarios me dijeron que también estaban trabajando para apoyar otras iniciativas de huertos comunitarios en el barrio, específicamente de el jardín en la calle Jefferson, Juan el Bautista Jardín, así como una iniciativa por parte de algunos residentes de NYCHA en Myrtle Avenue. También expresaron su interés en apoyar esfuerzos a favor de los derechos del inquilino y otro activismo local. Mirando hacia el futuro, ellos tienen la  esperanza de organizarse mas aun (aunque las cosas parecían estar funcionando bastante bien), conseguir voluntarios más comprometidos, producir más alimentos y conservar más semillas. Bushwick City Farms está abierto desde las 11:30 am hasta el atardecer los sábados y domingos. Venga y disfrute de ella, y si puede ser voluntario, sería mejor aun.

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Corrupted Minds

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Ariel age 15 Bushwick Native

My life in motion pictures so you know how I was raised/
Worked hard to be where I’m at so you probably amazed.
How hard I worked and the stress having to get here/
Yeah that was ignorant but still what does it matter?/
When you seen friends leaking away like blood splattered
My melon leaking knowledge to educate these fruits/
Know my history before you realize bumps in the produce.
Section where I’m from, a place where lives get taken/
But when I’m gone my spirit always reawakens.
And I reincarnate to build another mindset/
And 26 bodies as much as the alphabet.
But really I’m about making the music and show my movements/
Of how much I changed matured so you can see my improvements.
Please choose him, the pokémon’s you never noticed/
And find better drum kits than the flying lotus.

A Farm Grows in Bushwick

By Sarah Quinter

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The bustling intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway is the last place where one would expect to find garden beds of organic fruits and vegetables, chickens and ducks pecking in the soil, or children learning about compost and honeybees. Yet, only two blocks away on a tiny street called Stockton, you can encounter all this and more.

Bushwick City Farm sits at 354 Stockton Street and Lewis Avenue, and is technically in Bed-Stuy because it’s on the other side of Broadway. However, the name sticks because there were originally two gardens, and the one that no longer exists was just inside Bushwick’s borders. That smaller location–originally started in 2008–had to close when the owner of the lot decided to build a residential/commercial building on that site. Still, the larger site on Stockton remains.

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Approaching the farm, one notices the heads of tall, strong sunflowers emerging against the backdrop of brick buildings. Inside, there is a large gazebo that shelters picnic tables, a grill, and even a bookshelf. The structure was hand-built by sixth to twelfth grade students through a program called Urban Workshop in the winter of 2013. There are hexagonal garden beds, a large chicken coop, compost bins, a beehive, and trellises for vines, all built primarily from salvaged materials. One of the main volunteers, Jason Reis, showed me the tomatoes, corn, collards, herbs, blueberries, and many other crops. A woman from the neighborhood, Elsie, was carefully removing tiny collard seeds from their pods and saving them to be planted the following year. Children played in the center of the farm, splashing each other in the swimming pool and inventing their own games.

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I spoke with Jason as he staked tomatoes on a hot Sunday afternoon. He described the goals of Bushwick City Farm: to provide free food for people in the neighborhood, to create a community space, and to promote education and appreciation of organic agriculture within an urban setting. Everything at the farm is communal; people plant what they can and harvest what they like, donating their time as they are able to. On Sundays, free eggs from the chickens are given away. They have received a couple of grants from the Citizen’s Committee for NYC to pay for things like chicken feed and wood shop rental, but almost everything else is sustained on sheer resourcefulness.

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The farm has clearly come a long way from being a trash filled lot three years ago. The owner of the lot is permitting people to use it, but may choose to sell or develop the site at any time. Like many things in Bushwick, the farm is beautiful but also precarious. Though it appears that most of the core volunteers are white and transplants from outside of the neighborhood, it is clear that they are dedicated to creating a space for all. The spoke in both Spanish and English and seemed to know a lot of the children really well.

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Jason explained that the farm was definitely there to serve children, however they sometimes felt overwhelmed when many parents dropped their kids off and there weren’t enough volunteers to supervise. I ended up returning the following weekend when they were holding a barbeque for Parent’s Day in an effort to get more parents involved. Some parents were there, and also some other volunteers, but they all agreed that more parents still needed to get involved. We discussed the difficulties of getting people to volunteer in communities that experience a lot of hardship, but agreed that it was still important to try. The parents I spoke with said they appreciated that their kids got to experience the “circle of life” in caring for the animals and plants at Bushwick City Farm.

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Young children and teens I spoke with clearly expressed their enthusiasm for spending time with the plants and chickens and playing with their friends in a safe place. Most of them had been coming since the farm was first created, and said they encouraged others to enjoy and support the project. I spoke with a visitor from Germany, who said there was nothing quite like it where she came from. She was inspired to see the place for herself when she was planning a trip to the States and saw a television program about Bushwick City Farm. There was a lot of diversity that day in terms of age, ethnicity, religion, and more, all in a very family-friendly atmosphere.

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Volunteers told me they were also working to support other community gardening initiatives in the neighborhood, specifically El Garden on Jefferson Street, John the Baptist Garden, and also an initiative by some NYCHA residents up on Myrtle Avenue. They also expressed interest in supporting tenant organizing and other local activism. Looking to the future, they are hoping to get more organized (though things seemed to be running pretty well already), get more committed volunteers, produce more food, and save more seeds. Bushwick City Farm is open from 12:30PM to sundown on Saturdays and Sundays. Come by and enjoy it, and if you can volunteer, that’s even better.

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