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FW: [tb-greencityevents]: Tues. 5/25 -- Joy Carol at Liberty Community Gardens

  • Subject: [cg] FW: [tb-greencityevents]: Tues. 5/25 -- Joy Carol at Liberty Community Gardens
  • From: "Kirby, Ellen" <ellenkirby@bbg.org>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 14:23:47 -0400
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Subject: [tb-greencityevents]: Tues. 5/25 -- Joy Carol at Liberty Community Gardens


Author Talk
Post 9/11 Renaissance of Liberty Community Gardens

DATE:      Tuesday, May 25
               (Rain date: May 26)

TIME:       5:30 PM

PLACE:     Rector Park, Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan
               (access: Rector Street Bridge)

SUBWAY:  1, 9, N or R to Rector Street,
               2, 3, 4, 5, J, M or Z to Wall Street

INFO:       212.267.9700

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Behind today's world-shattering headlines are spirited men, women and children -- ordinary people for whom uncommon events have propelled them on a journey of courage.  The rebirth of Battery Park City's Liberty Community Gardens, following the 2001 attacks on the World Trace Center, is a story of hope and inspiration. 

Recounted by community gardeners in both New York City and Seattle, their path to renewal becomes a fitting opening chapter for the new U.S. edition of Journeys of Courage: Remarkable Stories of the Healing Power of Community by JOY CAROL (Sorin Books, March 2004; originally published in London as Journey of Courage by Veritas Publications, 2003).

On Tuesday, May 25, Joy Carol will read excerpts and introduce the gardeners from the chapter "Community Gardening: Tending Our Gardens."  She will also speak about and offer insight on other instances where communities come together to overcome trying times, both giving and getting support. 

The two Liberty Community Gardens were badly damaged by tons of debris and dirt from the collapse of the World Trade towers and, later, by clean-up operations.  The construction of a pedestrian bridge over West Street, which terminated on the site of the northern garden, led to its relocation and recreation, and also to a complete restoration of the southern garden. Writing of those difficult days, Michael McCormack recalls, "When thing started getting back to 'normal,' I was amazed to see how many plants were still alive in our gardens.  That gave us encouragement to start talking about the future." 

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, which operates the 36 acres of BPC's open space, assisted the gardeners with a new location, wrought-iron fencing, water hook-ups, plants, tools, cobblestones and its own organic compost-rich soil. 

BPCPC's soil was augmented by a loving gift from Seattle -- over a cubic yard (1,400 pounds!) of the Million Flower Compost made by hundreds of P-Patch community gardeners from the million flowers collected at the Seattle Center memorial, a spontaneous vigil honoring the residents of a stricken city over 3,000 miles away.  (The remaining compost was distributed among Seattle's community gardens.) 

One of a contingent of eight that accompanied the compost to New York for the gardens' rededication in September 2002, Jon Rowley says, "How gratifying and uplifting it was to see the Million Flower Compost from Seattle, a living metaphor of hope and renewal, mixed with the soil of the Liberty community gardens in New York City."

BPCPC Executive Director Tessa Huxley, a co-founder in 1979 of the American Community Gardening Association, which helped broker the compost exchange, has long understood the power of community gardens. "Community gardens are a terrific way to bring people together and strengthen neighborhoods," she states.  "It's a simple equation: flourishing gardens = strong relationships = healthy neighborhoods = vital cities."  

Joy Carol adds, "The Earth has an amazing capacity to heal and, with the long anticipated arrival of Spring, gardens serve as a common metaphor for rebirth.  The actions of these community gardeners in downtown Manhattan and Seattle embody the reserves of strength we draw on to create a hopeful future."

Following the talk, audience members are invited to visit the Liberty Community Gardens for an informal reception.  The community gardens are located just steps from Rector Park, in front of the residential building Liberty Court between Rector and West Thames Street. 

Joy Carol, author, speaker, spiritual director and counselor, leads retreats and workshops on healing, spirituality, caregiving, and death and dying.  Holding an honorary doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University and master's degrees from General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York and the University of Maryland, she is the author of the acclaimed Towers of Hope: Stories to Help Us Heal.

Journeys of Courage includes several other 9/11 stories (e.g., Firehouse Engine 217, St. Paul's Chapel, the Fire Department's bagpipe band) as well as stories about surviving trauma in Northern Ireland and abuses within the Catholic Church.

Copies of Journeys of Courage will available for purchase.  Joy Carol has dedicated a percentage of the revenue to the American Community Gardening Association.


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