Sat, Mar 25, 2023 06:00 AM

Hosts: Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert, J.K. Canepa
  • community gardens: benefits, history, organization; crops (6/15 Green, El Jardin de Paraiso) -
  • parks: open space, different from gardens -
  • San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Freedom of Information Act victory for activists -
  • New Mexico legislature passes bill against Consolidated Interim Storage facliity until federal government has a location for permanent storage -
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In the news section that starts our show, we have news about 3 recent victories: a pipeline declared unnecessary, a court decision requiring the NRC to release information about a San Onofre serious near-miss, and the New Mexico legislature’s opposition to bringing nuclear waste from across the country to “interim” storage in environmental-justice communities.

There are so many different kinds of gardens and parks in NYC. The varieties come from different sociological factors. The creativity comes through in the way each of the gardens came to be. Creativity also comes from who is working on the garden at any given time. The spirit of East Harlem, Park Slope, East New York, the Bronx and the Lower East Side endures.

Our guests:

Paul Wasserman The president of the 6/15 Garden, which has an ethos of stewardship, not ownership, of the land that they tend. Even after people move away, they come back to maintain the plot of land they tend.

J.K. Canepa of the Eco-Logic Collective, and member of El Jardin del Paraiso which includes a medicinal garden as well as other diverse areas such as a natural spring-fed pond, a native plant project, and a children's discovery zone

Gardens pop up in unexpected areas. In parts of Brooklyn, such as Bensonhurst, you can see little gardens on every front lawn - flowers and food both. Tear up the concrete and plant wildflowers! A lot of backyards that were flowers are becoming food.

Learn how you can join a community garden. Learn how gardens affect quality of life wherever they are. Learn how gardens connect generations, even through gentrification.

Gardens are for everyone; from school groups to seniors, for active growers and those who simply stop by to enjoy being in Nature, everyone can appreciate a green oasis. Gardens and parks connect people with the changing of the seasons in ways that the rest of life in the City does not.

It's so beautiful how resilient life is. So complex. A lot of people are aware of planting for butterflies, for example, now people are starting to become aware of planting for caterpillars.

Gardens take many forms; traditional community gardens have individual plots, but some are better considered as farms, with crops grown collectively. Either way, they are largely run by volunteers, not government (although there is sometimes government support).

Do you know where to find a local community garden? Is there an abandoned plot you know of that would make a good community garden? Join us to hear from some experts about the hidden green spaces in our city.

We also have environmental and protest songs: “Our Community Garden” written by Jenny Hurwitz, and Creative Natives’ cover of “Nuclear Waste” by Herbs, a New Zealand reggae band.

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JK Canepa, Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert and Charlie Olson/TheEnvironmentTV

  • Paul Wasserman - 6/15 Green
  • Eco - Logic theme medley
  • Nuclear Waste - Creative Natives (cover of song by Herbs [New Zealand reggae band])
  • Our Community Garden - Jenny Hurwitz

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