The Open Garden workshops use the garden as a living classroom, laboratory and case study. In each specific case we design and scheduled the workshop tailored to the interests, ages, background and needs of each partner.
The artist Juanli Carrión host the “Open Garden” workshops. On the occasion of OSS#MH we will be collaborating with MMCCC, to develop a workshop on pollinators.
Recovering Ancestral Knowledge
08/05 Families: Adults and children’s of all ages. 10 families.
Community Foodtivist, Natural Foods Chef and Holistic Health Coach Yadira Garcia will work with community residents to use nature, observation, and hands on cooking demonstration and participation in the Outer Seed Shadow garden located in the Bronx’s Marble hill to curate a nutritious, delicious and educational experience for appropriate for younger and older residents that live on the property Using the items planted by residents we plan to have the following stations for residents to participate in during two workshops
In each workshop a group of 20+ people meets at the garden to participate in the workshop with the following structure (Amount of participants can be adapted to the necessity of the partnering organization):
Workshop #1 DIY Sofrito /Sazon and Herb Lab
One of the biggest problems plaguing our community is not only food accessibility but also the preparation of these foods. Many of our traditional cultural seasonings such as Sofrito, Recao, Sazon have been culturally appropriated by large manufacturers and corporations who have since filled these seasonings with high amounts of sodium, preservatives, sugar or artificial fats and unhealthy oils.
These seasonings directly contribute to the propagation of disease states such as hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol, early onset of diabetes and Obesity.
We will have a demo table showing these manufactured seasonings and display the amount of sodium, sugar, salt, fat as compared to RDA (recommended daily allowance) to help illustrate to community members how harmful they are.
Through this workshop community member will have the chance to prepare their own food seasonings, much based upon what is growing in the garden. They will learn the art of blooming spices to extract maximum flavor and we will use a blender and food processor to show how to prepare Sofrito, Sazon, Adobo. Residents will then be able to bottleand take their seasonings with them, in labeled mason jars.
We will showcase delicious traditional preparations of using garden made sofrito, sazon, and adobo recao. Such as a whole grain Moro using brown rice, fresh herbs and pigeon peas.
Asthma, Common Cold, Cough, Hypertension & Blood Sugar.
While Western Medicine has brought us many advancements and pharmaceutical medicines, there is no denying that the root of medicine began with holistic, natural and home remedies. Together as community we will explore home remedies we grew up as well as revisit some of the most tried, true and oldest forms of self-healing. Alchemy and extraction of herbs to create healing medicines, tinctures and infusions.
Through a series of stations set up with Pilones (Mortar and Pestle) residents can move to each table to learn and make remedies for prevailing chronic health issues such as Asthma; which produces a large amount of absences in the youth of our community. Immune boosting for prevention and treatment of common cold and cough. As well as how to naturally aid your body in maintaining normal blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
The Power of Herbs
Learn how to use the power of Herbs for common ailments. Have natural cures at your fingertips. Headaches, cuts, bruises, beauty aids, aromatherapy, and many more. Learn how to spice up your meals, prepare healthy energy booster simply using herbs and spices.
OSS#MH is a community garden built with edible plants selected by people with many different cultural backgrounds, Oregano, onions, okra, peppers, spinach, plants with curative properties that will be explained to you in this workshop while learning about its cultural heritage. In this hands-on workshop we are providing participants with knowledge on medicinal herbal remedies using the edible plants at the OSS#MH garden as well as other plants/herbs. Participants will prepare their own remedies to take home.
Learn to mindfully use all your senses, to experience nature’s nourishing and curative bounty. Informative and interactive this workshop provides the opportunity for participants to learn and practice cultural secrets of Herbology from one of its masters.
– Participants will learn introductory material on how herbal plants have medicinal benefits through fully interactive, hands-on, step-by-step informative session.
– Participants will take home 2 remedies in a jar made during the workshop.
– Participants will be provided with a handout explaining the name of herb, its function, and when it is season.
About Sebert Harper
Sebert Harper, B.S. in Horticulture and Agricultural Production, and a certificate in Agriculture and Horticultural Therapy respectively. Mr. Harper is an Environmental Educator and Garden Consultant who currently works with Grow NYC, and consulting with local and International Clientele such as The New York Housing Authority, McAndrew’s & Forbes, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Green Thumb NYC, and many community gardens.
He was also a writer for the Children’s Hope Newspaper’s Environmental Corner. His work has been featured in the City of New York Park & Recreation Green Thumb Magazine as well as many others. Prior to working with the entities above he worked as an Environmental educator at Drew Garden in NYC, and as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. Furthermore he is also an inventor and patent holder.
Peace Poets Concert
Artists: The Peace Poets + guests TBA. Place: OSS#MH @ Marble Hill Houses Cost: Free Participants: All ages
This concert will be presented in coallition with Marble Hill day celebration. The event will take form as a 2 hour concert in which three local artist will perform in an open mic to welcome the main feature of Peace Poets, who will perform songs addressing specifically the ideas of OSS#MH.