I spent many summers on a farm with my family and cousins. We watched large machines pulled by tractors turn fields of waving tan coloured plants into sturdy bales of hay.
So it was with great fondness that I read in the New York Times about a movement to use bales of hay to grow gardens in places like Harlem New York City where concrete reigns or soil is not otherwise available or suitable. http://nyti.ms/WJFOmD
I was even more pleased to read that Harlem (specifically East Harlem) is once again at the forefront of something new: one of our very own local businesses has bales for sale!
According the New York Times: “The Urban Garden Center on Park Avenue in East Harlem charges $12 for a bale, with a $25 delivery fee to the street. Dimitri Gatanas, whose family owns the store, reported that last fall, “we sold more than we have in 50 years.” When straw is a hot commodity in Manhattan, something strange is blossoming.”
If you are in Harlem and a part of this movement we would love to hear from you and and help share pictures of and promote your efforts.
You can sign up for the 5 class course – or you can attend individual classes ala carte at the individual links:
Starts on Sat, May 19th, 2012 through Sat, Jun 23rd, 2012
Bryan Ogden is the editor for http://www.metropolitangardening.com. He is co-teaching this course with Dimitri Gatanas the lead designer of the Urban Garden Center. Bryan has been gardening in the city for the past three years in environments ranging from residential rooftops and balconies to restoration work for the city at the Parks Department.
Dimitri Gatanas is a professional plantsman who is a third generation retail garden center owner. Dimitri brings the knowledge of a 50 year family tradition. His expertise is in the design building and maintenance of city backyards and gardens.
Urban Garden Center is a newly founded (1 yr) enterprise focused on gardening and green lifestyle.
It’s located in the heart of Harlem beneath a train trestle.http://www.UrbanGardenNYC.com
If you’re surfing through Facebook daily like I am, you can find some deals. I just came across this deal/coupon shown below by Urban Garden Center located at 116th and Park Avenue. If you like/follow them on twitter, Facebook, or tumblr, you can receive a 15 percent discount. They are giving out this coupon through their social networks as a way of saying “thanks” to those who interact with them. Not a bad way to say “thank you.” Check out Urban Garden Center on Facebook!
It ain’t easy being green in New York City. However, it just got easier for us Harlemites! We have the Urban Garden Center right in Spanish Harlem at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. This week Urban Garden Center is celebrating its Grand Opening May 4! They are a part of La Marqueta!
For the Grand Opening, there will be drinks, rice & beans and roasted pig! And for those that want to come up for this from downtown, take the 6 train to Lexington Avenue and 116th Street or drive! Urban Garden Center offers free parking to its patrons on Park Avenue between 117th and 118th Street. Discounts will be offered as well.
So it looks like Spanish Harlem is the place to be this week, i.e. May 4 for Urban Garden Center and May 5 for Cinco de Mayo! Que suave!
Urban Garden Center Grand Opening
Free food Great music and big discounts.
116 Street Park Avenue
May 4 2011 from 4pm to 8 pm