6 Months ago the Cooperative Gardens Commission selected this name, carrying the spirit, but not the name of the Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII,…
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg…
Action Alert! USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has distributed billions in aid, but the program has left out thousands of producers. That’s largely because…
Our hearts go out to our gardening friends in the west with beautiful gardens under orange and smoke filled skies. The day is hazy all…
SOIL HEALTH 3D// SALUD DEL SUELO 3D September 24, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:30 p.m EST / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m PST “If the yam…
We invite you to join in later this evening! Sometimes it feels like gathering round the radio to hear what's happening in cities all over,…
"Some projects aim to rewrite entire lanes of our food system: seeds and gardening advice distributed to hubs around the country, a quickly growing network…
Epic! "In March, members of these groups came together under the banner of the new Cooperative Gardens Commission, a “grassroots collective working toward food sovereignty…
6 Months ago the Cooperative Gardens Commission selected this name, carrying the spirit, but not the name of the Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII, when 20 million gardens were going strong and America had some sustainable locally managed food security. We chose the name Cooperative Gardens Commission because we chose to adopt the knowing that we are capable of coming together and accomplishing great things, only by doing so conscientiously. Then, the imprisonment of Japanese Americans led to the first big food shortages of the war, 40% of Californian veggie farmers were of Japanese descent.
Part of what we are doing in this time involves dismantling systems of racism and white supremacy, and where/how our food is grown is central to many ongoing exploitative practices. Our goal remains steadfast since launching a public campaign to increase community food production in every community. We still aim to connect those with food-growing resources - including seeds, soil, tools, equipment, land, labor and knowledge - with those who lack such resources, and ultimately to get as much land as possible producing food during this time of uncertainty.
We have added to these goals in response to our times and crisis of this year. Find out more by visiting our website, linked in the profile at CoopGardens.org or CoopGardens.com.
You can get involved from there, registering to join our Monday night calls, and/or browsing the site to see what we’re up to and how you might want to join in this fun & fulfilling work!
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020
As things are going mighty sideways, there is a sense of security in the food coming from the garden.
How has your garden been growing?
If you got seeds from us, please share some of your favorite pics and tag us!
#CoopGardensSeed, #CGCSeed #SeedCoopGardens
USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has distributed billions in aid, but the program has left out thousands of producers. That’s largely because payments to farmers are calculated by a pricing index that uses national average prices for products, rather than the actual costs that farmers selling directly to markets and customers have incurred during the pandemic or the actual prices of their crops.
U.S. Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced the Local and Regional Farmer and Market Support Act (HR 8096) in the House of Representatives. The bill is a comprehensive approach to help small and mid-scale farms, farmers markets, and local food businesses cope with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Local and Regional Farmer and Market Support Act would:
Create a COVID-19 relief payment program for farmers, who sell in local and regional markets, based on their lost revenue.
Ensure Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) producers and low-income communities of color receive equitable access to COVID-19 relief programs.
Provide emergency response grants for farmers' markets and local food enterprises to implement public health protections and COVID-19-friendly marketing practices.
Invest in the restoration and enhancement of local and value-added agriculture markets.
Our hearts go out to our gardening friends in the west with beautiful gardens under orange and smoke filled skies. The day is hazy all the way over in New Jersey from the smoke.
So we are reminded of one of the reasons that we save seeds, and that is to preserve genetic diversity, and work with those seeds that have adapted to our areas. We can also save seeds and connect with our gardens as they have been at the height of the season. Check out more ideas via seedsavers.org/why-save-seeds #coopgardens #seedcoopgardens #cgcseeds #buildcommunity @seed_savers_exchange
SOIL HEALTH 3D// SALUD DEL SUELO 3D
September 24, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:30 p.m EST / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m PST
“If the yam does not grow well, do not blame the yam. It is because of the soil.” ~Ghanaian proverb
Our intimate relationship with soil stretches back millennia, encompassing Cleopatra’s reverence for the earthworm, the carbon-rich raised beds of the Ovambo people, and Dr. George Washington Carver’s nitrogen-capturing legume fields. We are people of the soil.
In this virtual workshop we will learn how to restore the health of the soil and the health of our relationship with the soil, by delving into specific soil-care skills:
How to make and use compost
How to make and use inoculants to increase biological activity in soil
How to interpret a soil test from a lab
How to conduct “do-it-yourself” soil tests to determine texture and carbon levels
How to use purchased amendments, like rock phosphate, bone char, alfalfa meal, and dried manure
How to select and use cover crops
How to address lead contamination in soil
How to select and use mulches, like leaves, straw, and woodchips
How to collaborate with living beings that comprise the soil to steward soil health, sustain plants, maintain ecosystems, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthen climate resilience
How to apply learning on the nitrogen and carbon cycles to foster carbon sequestration and plant and soil microbiome vitality
How to connect with the soil ancestrally and spiritually
We invite you to join in later this evening!
Sometimes it feels like gathering round the radio to hear what's happening in cities all over, except it's two way!
Click this link to register and join our organizing call! We meet alternating Monday nights at 8pm EST/5pm PST.
"Some projects aim to rewrite entire lanes of our food system: seeds and gardening advice distributed to hubs around the country, a quickly growing network of free fridges to store fresh food, and fleets of cyclist couriers ready to fill in the gaps. The new movement is also centered around food dignity: letting people eat according to their preferences, rather than subsist on whatever donations are available at a food bank that week."
“Seeds are at the root of all food security. This is a ‘teach a person to fish’ kind of issue,” he says. “If we’re giving people what they need to actually grow food themselves, that’s going to be much more sustainable in the long term at addressing food security.”
"In March, members of these groups came together under the banner of the new Cooperative Gardens Commission, a “grassroots collective working toward food sovereignty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and persistent injustice.” Of that collective, five members started to collaborate on a plan to rescue the defunct crates from JFK and redistribute them to would-be gardeners who, strapped for cash amidst record unemployment, wanted to take food production into their own hands. That core team was made up of Luz Cruz of Cuir Kitchen Brigade, a food/agro project in solidarity with Puerto Rico’s sustainable agroecology movement; Jacqueline Pilati of Reclaim Seed NYC, a seed library and education resource; Candace Thompson of The Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet, an urban foraging project; Sajo Jefferson, an urban farmer at Farm Clout; Sawdayah Brownlee of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust; and Lucy Lesser.
Milk Crate Gardens was born. The core team set up an Instagram account to share a Google form NYC residents could fill out to receive up to five milk crates, as well an option for community gardens and organizations. In just a day, the form received a staggering amount of requests and was closed down. As they sorted through the asks, the Milk Crate Gardens team realized that the Google form might have excluded those in communities without much access to the internet. So they reassessed their outreach."