The Open Garden

Outer Seed Shadow - MH - Public Program
Date: July 10th – August 30th window.
Time: Day and time to be determined by partner organization.
Facilitators: Juanli Carrión, visual artist + Guest expert.
Place: OSS#MH Garden. Located on Broadway at 228th St (Marble Hill Houses).
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Cost: Free
Participants: General public. All ages 3-99. No previous gardening knowledge is required. In case of schools, summer camps or other groups of children under 12yo they must be accompany by adults or their teachers. For groups between 12-18yo they must be accompanied with one or two adults from their organization/institution.

Description

The Open Garden workshops are OSS#MH’ flagship program to engage directly with the community. This program establishes partnerships with local organizations and institutions, to 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 and one expert guest host the “Open Garden” workshops. On the occasion of OSS#MH we will be collaborating with Sage Project, to add a nutrition and technology aspect to the workshops.

OSS#MH is a community garden built with edible plants from all over the world. The survival of these plants in the garden through the season relies on the community. Each plant in the garden needs very specific care coming from such diverse places of origin, like the people who selected them. We will have herbs growing next to carrots and tomatoes, or romaine
lettuce growing next to peppers—a botanical and horticultural challenge that works here as a metaphor of the reality of the people who selected the plants, and that can be used as a conduit to address other cultural values trough gardening.

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):

  • An introduction to the garden/installation, in the form of a dynamic activity, carried by the artist to put them in perspective with the project as a whole. (15 min).
  • A gardening workshop in which the group will “get down in the dirt”, tend to the plants that require care. Learning about origin of plants, specific facts about their care and interaction with the weather, soil, water and other plants. At each workshop we develop a building activity to construct vertical gardens, self-watering devices, etc. Assistants will be able to take home/school with them the results of the workshop to keep working, observing or building there.(45 min)
  • An activity or craft using the plants present in the garden, essential oils, lotions, spices, etc. (45 min).
  • Finally for this workshop, Carrion will use The Sage Project application, that will be launched in partnership with OSS#MH this summer, to provide participants with a fully educational and interactive experience about nutritional values of the plants in the garden and the food we eat.
To reserve a workshop, please get in touch with us by:

E-mail: project@outerseedshadow.org
Phone: 646-246-0877
Outer Seed Shadow - MH - Public Program
Outer Seed Shadow - MH - Public Program

Recovering Ancestral Knowledge

Outer Seed Shadow - MH - Reclaming Ancestral Knowledge
Date: July 17th—22th – August 7th—12th window.
Time: Day and time to be determined by partner organization.
Facilitators: Yadira Garcia. Happy Healthy Latina.
Place: OSS#MH Garden. Located on Broadway at 228th St (Marble Hill Houses).
Duration: 2 Hours
Cost: Free
Participants: General public. All ages 3-99. No previous gardening knowledge is required. An adult or their teachers in the case of schools must accompany children younger than 12yo. Between 12-18yo they must be accompanied with one or two adults from their organization/institution.

Description

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.

Station 1
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.

Station 2
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.

Station 3
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.

Natural Remedies

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.

To reserve a workshop, please get in touch with us by:

E-mail: project@outerseedshadow.org
Phone: 646-246-0877
Outer Seed Shadow - MH - Reclaming Ancestral Knowledge