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About the 6/15 Green Blog

Brooklyn, NY
Welcome to the 6/15 Green community garden blog. This is a place where our community can share stories, poems, photos, memories, recipies, and all other experiences of the garden. For information on 6/15 Green, please see the official website. To share information on the garden or communicate with members, please use the member Google Group.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Future of Food Documentary Film at the Garden



A documentary film by Deborah Garcia

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today. [Running Time: 88min.]

Come out to the 6/15 Green community garden for the film showing followed by a discussion and Q and A with garden member and the creator of the educational curriculum for the film, Joshua Muldavin.  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Gardening Workshops in the City

Check out these workshops that the parks department is offering this summer:  

Herbal Tea Making:

Making Recycled Planters for the Home and Garden:

Companion Planting and Gardening with Native Species:

Aerobic and Anaerobic Composting:

Container Gardening in an Urban Environment:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Three Sisters

I've always been very curious about people in the garden who have tried the three sisters method for planting corn, beans and squash in the space space.  I decided to do a little research to learn how to do it.

On the webiste, Runee's garden, she says, "According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American farming societies, is a sophisticated, sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet to generations. Growing a Three Sisters garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry."  (

Most websites advise to plant the corn seeds once we've finished having frost at night.  Once the corn has grown several inches (advice seems to go from 4 to 8 inches), the plant the bean and squash seeds around the corn plants.  As the corn grows, the squash and beans will grow around it.  

Would love to hear comments from any one in the garden who has tried this--were you successful or not?  How does it work in an urban setting like 6/15 green?