May 28, 2010

"DIRT! The Movie"

At the Urban Meadow we are interested in all things having to do with the environment and gardening, so "DIRT! The Movie" is right up our alley.  This documentary cleverly tells the story of that thin crust of earth we call dirt and which makes life on our planet possible. A humorous and touching complement to Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," DIRT brings us up close and makes us feel an affection for dirt and all the miraculous and beautiful things it brings to human life.

May 25, 2010

Live at the Urban Meadow: The Tumble Weeds

A video shot this past Sunday at the Brooklyn Folk Festival! This video features the Tumble Weeds, who flew in from New Orleans to play at the Folk Fest.

May 24, 2010

A square dance grows in Brooklyn

Skies were so gray and threatening all morning that we wondered whether Jalopy would want to set up their stage, but they were brave and risked the rain. And, for their efforts they, and we, were wonderfully rewarded with a beautiful show, a big audience, and a warm communal feeling - and THEN came the square dancing - tooooo much!

First up was performer Rashad Brown, who, with his cap and solo guitar harkened back to Woody Guthrie. 

May 20, 2010

Upcoming events at the Meadow

There is a lot going on in the Urban Meadow's neck of the woods and a couple of wonderful events are coming up on Sunday May 23, 2010.

The Meadow will be hosting Brooklyn Folk Festival events sponsored by Jalopy Theater (including a square dance!).  It's only $5 for all the events at the Meadow on Sunday, $15 if you'd like to attend more of the Folk Festival (see link above for details).

May 19, 2010

Kids and gardening

This picture shows two children from the neighborhood helping out with the gardening in the Urban Meadow.  Someone called the pulling of the mugwort a "Sisyphean" task - but these kids were doing their best to join in.  They were helped by several other children whose conversations were delightful to listen in on while we sweated over our weeding.  The kids were exclaiming over the butterflies, ladybugs, snails, roly polies and other little creatures they were coming across while they worked.  And I heard one four year old explaining to two other children that they were pulling out the mugwort because it was choking the other flowers.  Gardening is a wonderful way to educate kids about nature and give them the satisfaction of working toward a common goal.

May 3, 2010

Humans are still useful!

The Urban Meadow plant sale was a big success in more ways than one. Not only did it bring funds to the garden that we will invest in plants, supplies and equipment for gardening and to support our events, but it brought more people into the Meadow for recreation, picnics and fun.

While gardening over the weekend several volunteers worked hard in the Meadow pulling out mugwort, an invasive weed that more than one member has said sounds like a villain out of Harry Potter. We were talking about how therapeutic it is to get our hands into the garden as a respite from the day to day of living in the city. No matter how much technology moves ahead, will there ever be a machine or computer that can do the delicate job of weeding when the weeds are mixed in with lovely plants that we want to keep?  A machine can dig up a whole garden, sure. But can it reach in among the daisies to pull out the mugwort? No. And its comforting to know that this work can only be done by humans.