Due to the COVID 19 crisis, our efforts began with feeding our local community in Kingsbridge. On Friday, March 20th, 2020, we raised $1,400 (mostly through small $10+ donations) and distributed seventy $20 supermarket gift cards to community members. We collected 100+ names of working community residents in the wider North Bronx area who because of losing their jobs due the crisis are now facing food insecurities. These residents all have families with children under the age of 17 and many are elders. To date we served 1000+ meals per month and distributed produce to community members. Our work had been covered by Redfish , BronxNet , Bronx News 12 and Bronx Times. We partnered with Church of the Mediator and their Food Justice Ministries in Kingsbridge to hold weekly food distributions in the Bronx. Along with food, we distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consisting of masks made by artist Laura Barbata. Our goal is to help continue this distribution as long as it is needed.
Since August 2020, we have been working with Friends of Tibbett’s Tail and the Lehman College Gardening Club to build an open community green space. Our mission is to create an acre-long green space on which to hold educational programming on food liberation work focused on healthy eating, composting, monarch and migratory bird waystation, and medicinal plants directly serving local residents, schools, and senior centers. This work is part of our long-term work extending beyond COVID-19, to preserve this very important green space and be an educational hub supporting green initiatives across the borough. We will continue our partnership with WOKE FOODS to create healthy plant based grab-and-go meals to distribute in our communities hit hardest. Healthy food being essential for people’s bodies to stay healthy and fight COVID.
We really need your help to continue our work feeding and in meeting the immediate needs of our community.
Our goal is to maintain the land and ensure that it is unaltered in any way that will adversely affect the health of the community and ecosystem. The benefits will directly impact both children and adults in the immediate area who are deprived of direct access to nature and green space in order to mitigate disorders affecting their learning and working abilities as well as their emotional and physical well-being addressing what journalist Richard Louv identified as “nature deficit disorder.” Benefits directly impacting the ecosystem will be the preservation of migratory path for birds and butterflies, prevent further soil erosion and depletion due to chronic disinvestment by local government, and preserving the continued health of the 80+ year old Birch, Locust and Oak trees. These benefits work in tandem with one another. We see the community as an immediate part of the ecosystem (defined as trees, water, land, air, and wildlife) and ecosystem as part of the community.
Your donation has the potential to help us meet immediate mutual aid needs. It will go towards buying PPE for distribution, dry and fresh produce to make healthy plant based grab-and-go meals with our partners and help us with our work on Tibbett's Tail. A few things your donation would help us get are the following:
Continue work catalyzed on the soil remediation in order to prevent further soil erosion.
Maintain the 80+ year old Birch, Locust, Oak and other trees.
Maintain the planters and green space for migratory birds and butterflies.
Hold educational programming for local residents with environmental, food justice, and BIPOC cultural organizations to create free and accessible educational programming in Tibbet’s Tail that emphasizes plant-based food and medicine.
Document the history of TT.
Hold naturalist-led walks and talks that provide community members with knowledge of how to identify trees, grasses, medicinal plants, birds, and mammal species; and skills-shares.
Continue clean up and maintenance of the interior of TT inside and outside along Bailey Avenue to reduce the health hazards of pollution and create a healthy public space for the children using Bailey Playground.
Hand sanitizers or alcohol sprays
Bags to distribute produce (paper, cloth only)
Fabric for Laura to continue to make masks!
Will you help? Any small amount makes a difference. From $5 to $10. We will make it work for the community.
The work in the Bronx is growing. As we do it, we are helping to transform the cultural landscape of New York City working in tandem with liberation movement.
No amount is too small. Help us meet our goal. Help us build a strong and healthy community. Help us feed our neighbors. Every dollar makes a difference.