2013-05-17 / Community

Earth Day Dawns On Beach 96th Street

By Dan Guarino


Everyone had a chance to do some hands-on urban farming at the Earth Day in Rockaway event. Photos by Dan Guarino Everyone had a chance to do some hands-on urban farming at the Earth Day in Rockaway event. Photos by Dan Guarino Earth Day came to the Smallwater Beach 96th Street Sandy Relief Center on Saturday, April 20th.

“I don’t care what, I said, we’re going!” said Karen Timmons of Middle Village, who, along with husband , Edward, came to plant and spruce up, after seeing a flyer at a neighborhood Starbuck’s.

“You donate,” she said, “you give money, you give clothes. But to get to come down and actually help, it’s phenomenal.”

Smallwater organizers described the Earth Day in Rockaway as “an afternoon celebrating community and urban environmentalism” to help “install the 96th Street Community Garden” and “interact with sustainable companies and organizations… offering educational and interactive presentations on …all things green and good.”


Even the youngest future gardeners enjoyed Earth Day in Rockaway on Saturday, April 20th. Even the youngest future gardeners enjoyed Earth Day in Rockaway on Saturday, April 20th. Early in the day volunteers like the Timmons’ and groups from Starbuck’s, cleaned and cleared the area around the center and also planted in the garden and other adjacent areas.

Later visitors young and old enjoyed food, music and even getting their hands dirty at an urban farming table.

They also had the chance to talk with ‘green’ organizations about everything from coastal protection to chemical free gardening, and even, for a suggested donation, come away with a 100 percent organic red rebuild Rockaway t-shirt.

Scheduled participants included Tiny Empire, Build It Green, Kind Snacks, Good Water Farms, Patagonia, Loomstate, Waves For Water, The Surfrider, Love Seed Bombs, Veggie Island, Goldies Natural Beauty, Planet Natural, Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck, Cow Pots and others.


Getting green in time for spring, energetic volunteers worked on planting a community garden. Getting green in time for spring, energetic volunteers worked on planting a community garden. The Smallwater Center is located at 183 Beach 96th Street.



Starbucks community service volunteers and others came out to clean up and spruce up around the Smallwater Relief Center at Beach 96th Street. . Starbucks community service volunteers and others came out to clean up and spruce up around the Smallwater Relief Center at Beach 96th Street. .

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