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Archive for September, 2014

Sunday, September 28th, 1 pm

153 Grand St., Albany

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Great News!

Welcome Laurie Kirchman, our new Entrepreneurial Coordinator! As such, she is taking over the weekly vegetable/microgreens production and distribution service we have been running called our CSE, and is turning it into a youth entrepreneurial training program.

Laurie brings expertise in non-profit earned income ventures within the setting of an urban farm and also expertise in youth employment programming. Plans are underway to weave our CSE project together with the existing Youth Organics program. Youth will be trained in all aspects of the CSE project including growing and harvesting food, packaging and marketing, customer service and bookkeeping.

If you know any high school age youth or college interns who are interested, please contact us!

We will be accepting new members in upcoming weeks. Members receive up to $10 or up to $20 of produce, eggs, and/or mushrooms weekly. Please contact laurie [at] radixcenter.org if you are interested.

 

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We have been collaborating with other organizations in our neighborhood – the Trinity Alliance, Grand Street Community Arts (GSCA), and AVillage, Inc. – to support healthy food practices in the South End of Albany. AVillage, Inc. has been running the South End Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 1-5 pm. The Market is in Lincoln Park on the east side of Eagle St. and will continue into October. Volunteers are needed to help set up and staff the market, and donations from organic gardens are greatly appreciated! Please reply to this email if you are interested.

This collaboration dovetails with the transition of the CSE into a youth entrepreneurial training program. Radix will continue working with Youth Organics, a program of GSCA, as part of the program.

This collaboration will also be hosting nutrition, cooking, urban food production, and sustainability workshops during the year – details to be announced. If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, please let us know. We have received a grant from the United Way to begin funding these activities – but your help is needed! All donations are greatly appreciated. Click here to make a donation and become a member of the Radix Center.

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Capital Region Sustainability Educators’ Working Group

Meeting Sunday, October 5, 2014. 2-4pm.

Radix Center/Campus South Center
Grand St and Warren, Albany

Meetings of sustainability educators in the Capitol Region are opportunities to make new connections, learn about initiatives in the region, and discuss potential collaboration. All interested in environmental and sustainability education are welcome.

For more information click here.

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Local high school students converged at the Radix Center in May to construct a DIY floating island river restorer.  Made from recycled plastic bottles inserted into a mesh tube, the island had the roots of water plants zip-tied on to it.  The island is presently incubating in the fish tank inside the Radix greenhouse, where its biotic community is maturing.  The intention is to eventually deploy it near a sewage outfall in the Hudson River, where beneficial microbes living on its roots will assist in remediating water-borne pollutants.

 

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On July 30th, Youth FX filmed a workshop given to members of Youth Organics at the Radix Center. Henry Spliethoff, a Research Scientist with the NYS Department of Health, and Scott Kellogg of the Radix Center gave a presentation on the health effects of lead exposure, and best practices for gardening in urban soils. The students learned how to take soil samples, and analyzed mock results from 3 different sites and came up with plans of how to proceed with gardens under the different scenarios. Special thanks to the Brownfields Team at the Center for Environmental Health, NYSDOH for their help.

It was a fantastic day!

We will post the movie when Youth FX have finished production.

Click here to see more pictures.

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Saving pollinators!

One day, when we arrived at Radix, neighbors alerted us that there was a beehive in a tree next to the adjacent Lincoln Tower that was about to be destroyed.

We donned our tyvek suits and bee hats, clipped the branch the hive was on, put it in a bin and relocated it to the woody overgrowth area next to Radix.  The wasps were saved, neighbors were removed from stings, and our gardens continued to benefit from their presence.

We believe the hive was made by paper wasps, beneficial pollinating wasps that feed on  insects pests.

It was a spectacle!

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