Spoken-word artist Natasha Smalls enthusiastically performed original poetry about the healing power of fresh vegetables and herbs.
It was a spectacular fall weekend, and community gardeners were out in force on the peninsula.
On Saturday, founders and supporters of the Culinary Kids Garden of Far Rockaway gathered in their green space, located at the corner of Beach 30 Street and Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway. The group joined to celebrate the harvest season and the success of the group’s community supported agriculture program, which provides local subscribers with fresh produce each weekend from a farm in upstate Milford, New York.
A potluck table featured dishes containing farm-fresh produce and herbs from the Culinary Kids garden, including fingerling potatoes roasted with aromatic garlic, onions and rosemarythyme oil; homemade vegetarian pizza with blue cheese and portabello mushrooms; and a moist and delectable carrot applesauce cake for dessert.
Solita Stephens of the Olympus Garden Club demonstrated how to harvest herb and vegetable seeds.
Adewole Oduye of the Citizen’s Committee for New York City attended, as well. He is pictured with Culinary Kids’ co-founder, Malisa Rivera, left, of the St. Stephens of Olympus Garden Club. In the background is the rainwater collection system the group installed, with technical assistance from other city gardening groups, including Olympus, Just Food, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. The Garden is reaching out to residents to support their request to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection for installation of a fire hydrant nearby, which can be done by sending an email to Jonathan Gaska of Community Board 14, at firstname.lastname@example.org.