Nine Years of Chickens

Looking back, we’ve been hosting chickens on the garden since the fall of 2008. Time to look back at the fun we’ve had. Here’s what was posted by Elizabeth after she found a new home for the rooster in 2011.

  

From: EH
Subject: The Rooster I call Chicken
Date: September 26, 2011 9:19:51 PM EDT

Hello everyone,

Please meet the fantastic Lady Farmer, Ms. Elizabeth Ryder from Ryder Organic Farms!  She happens to have 25 chickens who were all hoping so hard a rooster would show up that one finally did – our gorgeous Rooster #2.  And we came to meet at the Union Square Market, where I just asked her if she wanted a rooster and she just answered, well, yes. Here he is in all his glory, and with Elizabeth Ryder holding him in her arms. She says her chickens are beautiful, and resemble his breed, so all are happy and visually coordinated.  It seems that she kind of ended up with those chickens by accident, kind of like the MFK Garden way of having roosters. What a relief to have a home for our dear friend!  We were both delighted and hugged and cried and a good time was had by all including the photo oppers snapping away. Below is a link to Elizabeth’s farm and I hope you will all be sure to stop by her stand at U SQ Market on Saturday to buy some of her absolutely radiantly healthy produce to take home.

Many many grateful thanks, Elizabeth, for taking in our beloved friend ! I will be sending you a care package and some info, and I look forward to coming for a visit soon !

http://www.ryderfarmorganic.com/

Love from,

EH

Halloween Photos

Halloween 2017 was great! A sunny crisp afternoon. Children and parents were greeted by our friendly neighborhood scarecrow (and Jim). They got treats, played beanbag toss, had their palms read, made popcorn hands and guessed the gross and gooey guts.

Thanks to Jane for organizing the whole thing, after having to postpone the event because of rain on Sunday. And thanks to the gardeners who helped prepare on the weekend and set up on Halloween. And thanks to the student volunteers from Millennium High School.

We're Not the Only Beautiful Garden on the Lower Eastside

Debra and I found ourselves looking for citibikes today at a stand on Ave C and 9th St, an intersection framed by two large community gardens. They were both created in abandoned empty lots by dedicated residents of a poor neighborhood forgotten by the city. They were also defended by the same gardeners against later development and exist today, as does our garden, as green space testimonials to the perseverance and hard work of many people.

Take a walk and visit them. It was fun to compare our experience with other gardeners.

La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

 

9th St Community Garden

Childrens' Book Festival

This past weekend, as part of the LUNGS Harvest Festival, Jane, with the help of Jen and her daughter, Molly, and other gardeners, hosted a children’s book give-away. Many families sat in the garden reading with their kids, visiting the chickens and feeding the fish and turtles.

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Turtle Medicine Part II

This Saturday, the turtle crew will be conducting the second treatment of our turtles for whatever the bug was that infected one of our large female Cooters. She’s back in the pond now and doing better. But doctor’s orders are that we dose all the turtles again with the medication he provided. The pond will

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We Memorialize Bob's Brother

We gathered under the BRC eaves out of the rain to memorialize Bob’s brother, Ronald. Steve played a lovely piece.

Family members came from Philadelphia and Baltimore. Bob spoke eloquently about Ronald, their childhood and their family.

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