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Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…
M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.
In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.
The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.
Yesterday the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program hosted a Job and Resource Fair featuring: the 2020 Census, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS), Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park Library, SUNY – Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC), University Settlement Human Resources, and Workforce 1. Enjoy the video above and the pics below: