Talking the Bronx 03.13.13

Talking the Bronx 03.13.13

“Waking up the Farm!”Days


Finca del Sur
La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers, was founded in 2009.

On Sat., Mar. 16th and on Sun., Mar. 17th, La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers will host their “Waking up the Farm!” event, where they’ll seek for volunteers to help clean up, start seeds, plant bulbs and learn about their community-based programs.

La FInca del Sur/South Bronx Farmers is an urban farmer cooperative led by Latina and Black women and their allies. Their mission is to build healthier neighborhoods through economic empowerment, increased nutritional awareness, training and education and advocacy. Founded in the late winter of 2009, La Finca del Sur was the brainchild of a number of individuals and organizations working in the South Bronx. These groups had a vision for a lot on 138th Street and Grand Concourse, which they transformed into a community-led farm.

In 2010, La FInca del Sur/South Bronx Farmers was incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, with the goals of addressing issues of food access, environmental justice, and community empowerment – and to tie these issues to broader systemic inequalities and global justice.

For more information, please visit

Bronx Teens for Green Jobs

Van Cortlandt Park’s Green Jobs for Youth program is seeking hardworking and enthusiastic Bronx teens for paying jobs this summer. All are encouraged to pass along word to friends and local guidance counselors.

Teens interested in working with the environment and in earning free college credits, together with a paying job in Van Cortlandt Park, are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for application is April 13th.

For more information, please visit or call Program Director Paulina A. Mohamed at 718.543.1429.

The Battle of the Boroughs

WNYC’s Fourth Annual Battle of the Boroughs will continue with The Bronx Battle. Photo:
WNYC’s Fourth Annual Battle of the Boroughs will continue with The Bronx Battle.

The Fourth Annual Battle of the Boroughs will continue with The Bronx Battle at WNYC/WQXR’s The Greene Space on Fri., Apr. 5th at 7 p.m. 14 musical acts in all genres from The Bronx vie for the chance to compete in the Ultimate Battle on June 21st against the winners from the 4 other boroughs. Judging The Bronx Battle are jazz musician Geri Allen, Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Pageot, and Assistant Producer of WNYC’s New Sounds, Caryn Havlik.

The Greene Space is located at 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY, near 1 at Houston and C,E at Spring Street. Tickets are $15 with a complimentary glass of wine or beer or $30 for open bar; available at

Participants representing The Bronx:

I Am B13 (Rap)

Captains of Industry (Free Jazz)

Tee Dot Ohh Liya Marie (Singer/Rapper)

Blue Meadow (Rock)

marie-claire (Jazz)

Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse (Reggae/Ska)

Daphya (Hip hop/ R&B)

Bill Santen (Folk)

Flow Freequan (Rap)

Yurby (Folk/Alternative Rock/Blues)

Al-Lisha Burns (R&B/ Pop/)

Corky Has a Band (Hyper- Vaudevillian Performance Art)

Tyrone Birkett/Emancipation (Postmodern Spirituals, Jazz, Soul, Gospel)

Emily Angell (Folk-Pop)

Bronx Tree Giveaways

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is partnering with community organizations throughout the Bronx to host NYRP’s Bronx Tree Giveaway. NYRP will give away trees to Bronx residents for free.The NYPR will also teach those interested how to plant and care for their new trees. Those who are interested in participating in the Bronx Tree Giveaway must agree to plant the tree in one of the five boroughs, to keep tree properly watered and maintained and not to plant trees along streets, in City Park, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.

Registration will be posted no earlier than three weeks before a giveaway date. If registration is closed, a limited quantity of trees will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The Bronx Tree Giveaway will take place on these following dates and locations:

Sat., Mar 30th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Partner: Sustainable South Bronx

Location: Hunts Point Riverside Park, Lafayette Ave., Hunts Point

Sat., Apr. 6th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Partner: New York Botanical Garden

Location: River Garden, East 180th St. and Devoe Ave.

Sun., Apr. 14th from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Partner: Woodlawn Cemetery

Location: Entrance at Jerome Ave. & Bainbridge Ave., Woodlawn

Sun., Apr. 14th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Partner: Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Mosholu Ave. & Broadway, Kingsbridge Heights

Sun., Apr. 28th from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Partner: Wave Hill

Location: Visitor Parking Lot, 249th St. & Independence Ave., Fieldston

For more information, please visit

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