What a wonderful Saturday in Brooklyn! I couldn’t have choreographed a better contemporary, urban experience on many different levels. Because we had plenty of time this morning before our volunteering, I had a chance to visit the farmer’s market in Williamsburg with my sister. They formally shut down the street and local venders and growers set up tents with all their wares. As you can see in the pictures, you can get any kind of produce and baked goods you can think of, in season of course. Milk and eggs are also available, and to top it all off, there is a composting station so you can dispose of your food waste and help the farmers add to their compost stockpile.
Then we had a really great project to work on with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. The 50%-recycled planter boxes all along three blocks of 9th street were beautiful and fun to plant. They seem like a small green gesture, but the native plants truly will provide some habitat for some living creature, even if it’s just a butterfly or beetle that would otherwise not thrive. And most of all it really was a unifying gesture to the immediate neighborhood. One elderly woman came out of her house to help us water them and was so pleased and excited! She has lived there for 85 years! That’s the kind of community connection these projects strive for.
And lastly the Floyd Bennett Field was awesome! I wish we could just go there in the morning and spend all day, there was so much to see and not enough time. The history of the place is inspiring and the aviation museum would have been fun, but what is happening there now is exciting as well. The fishing, camping and sports recreation are big attractions, and the bikes were great! I thought some of the videos on the bikes came out good, but this panoramic from the bus ride over the bridge was breathtaking!
Landscape / Volunteering / Activism