The Magic Seed 6.29.17
Summertime in East Harlem will be constructive and fruitful this year at Lydia’s Magic Garden. We have work days set up for Saturday, July 15th at 9am and Saturday, July 29th at 9am, weather permitting. Please feel free to join us in the garden this summer, all are welcome! If you are interested in becoming a member please send request to LMG@oriosdesigns.com
Plans for composting
Lydia’s Magic Garden hosted local politicians including Gale Brewer (Manhattan’s Borough President) and Robert Rodriguez (our New York State Assemblyman), representatives from Citizens’ Committee for New York, and members of the press to celebrate the renewal of our garden and to participate in a workshop on community composting.
Lydia’s Magic Garden was celebrated as a select winner of a city-wide composting grant to foster the composting of coffee grounds into organic material that can be added to our vegetable and flower beds. Our garden has a 3 year plan for composting. In our first year we are going to partner with local cafe to compost coffee grounds and other organic waste. In the second year we hope to accept garden members’ organic waste. And, in the 3rd year, we hope to work with the broader community around Lydia’s Magic Garden to encourage community composting so we can augment and enhance the soil provided by Green Thumb.
Lydia’s garden has served the community for many years, and our goal is to further and foster that relationship with innovative programs that help build a healthier East Harlem.
Harlem Coffee Co. is proud to partner with Lydia’s Magic Garden to support local, community based, sustainable agriculture.
We are particularly proud of the fact that a byproduct of something that helps keep Harlem residents going will also be used to help feed Harlem residents and provide them with joy. Just like the garden, we look forward to watching this relationship grow, flourish, and benefit others. Harlem Coffee Co.’s is located on Lennox at 117th st. Visit us at www.harlemcoffeeco.com
Lydia’s Magic Garden was recently featured in DNAInfo, New York’s leading neighborhood news source. They deliver up-to-the-minute reports on entertainment, education, politics, crime, sports, and dining. Shawn Hill (LMG), shows how a makeshift bike attachment helps to transport coffee grounds. Thanks to Mark O. Thompson, Founder and CEO of Harlem Coffee company, Shawn utilizes the coffee grounds to improve soil in the garden.
Children making a difference
The Children of Pono, visited Lydia’s Magic Garden in late May to help clean up and remove weeds in the garden. Thanks to Maysaa Bazna, MA, EdM, EdD Director and Founder of Pono and her staff for making time to visit our little garden.
We hope the kids enjoyed themselves.
Pono offers school-age children an independent, democratic, and outdoor educational program where each child’s interests and innate desire to learn are cherished and nurtured as the children are immersed in a harmonious learning community and authentic world learning environment, and guided to becoming life-long thinkers and balanced human beings. For more information visit www.pono.nyc