Articles and Other Items of Interest
How to Make a Water Pump from a Bicycle
Designed for a rainwater harvesting system, a bicycle powered pump from Lenny Librizzi:
Organic Flower Gardening
Mrs. McVey and her 5th graders found this link for us. She said, "My class and I just wanted to send you a quick note about your community supported agriculture page. We've been working on a class gardening project and using your resources quite a bit! We all thought it would be a great idea to shoot you a thank you.
"A couple of my students and classroom helper found this page about organic gardening and thought maybe you would find it as helpful as we have!"
To Mrs. McVey and Students: We're glad you like our site and we thank you very much for your link. Many of our members are gardeners, and it's a great piece of information.
—Lenny Librizzi for the SICSA
A fun slide show of old food posters, suggested by Andrew Blancero:
Chuck Roohr Brings Food to Local Pantries
See "A snapshot of 'good news' on Staten Island" about food for the local pantries from our original farmer.
SI Advance Writes about Our Eggs and Meat Project
See "Members Sought for Farm Fresh Group." Thanks, Maura Grundlund!
New York Times Articles about CSAs
The Aug. 24 New York Times regional section had articles about CSAs and local gardening. If you missed them, go to
- After the Harvest, Claiming the Bounty
- Thinking Globally, but Growing Locally
- New Jersey Farm Shares
- Eat Your Veggies (slideshow)
What Lenny Does...
For those of you who might be interested, there was a nice article in the New York Times Home section about Lenny's rainwater harvesting system and the work he does in community gardens: Raindrops Keep Falling in My Tank.
The Staten Island Advance wrote an excellent article about the seniors receiving organic vegetables through the SICSA. The Citizens Committee for New York City provided grant money for five full shares, which are divided among 15 or more seniors living at the Parkside Senior Housing Development.
Click here for a press release about the Citizens Committee grant (in Word).
Community Health Action of Staten Island also got some good press in the New York Nonprofit Press. The organization won the New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence. Read more...
The organization has two connections with the SICSA: One is that long-time SICSA member Diane Arneth is Community Health Action's executive director. The other is that participants of the Living Room, which is sponsored by the organization, receive the vegetables left over at the end of the distribution. (Leftovers occur either because we got more than we expected or because shares were not picked up.)
Living Room receives the extras on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, which is when they meet at the church. The Richmond Senior Services food pantry receives the extras on the remaining Tuesdays.
So What About those Reusable Bags?
New York artist Joshua Allen Harris has crafted inflatable animals by tying plastic bags to subway grates in Manhattan. Watch the video...
For Greenmarkets, See:
New Amsterdam Market at South Street Seaport
Council on the Environment of New York City: Greenmarkets page
For more on organic farming, see:
Organic Consumers Association: http://www.organicconsumers.org/
The National Organic Program: http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexNet.htm
Just Food is a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.
We build partnerships among diverse groups to advance dialogue and action on farming, hunger and nutrition.
We also conduct training, leadership development, outreach and organizing to address these issues.
Christ Church New Brighton is located at 76 Franklin Avenue, two blocks south of the Terrace. The SICSA group meets in Christ Church's parking lot on Fillmore Avenue every Tuesday afternoon during the season.