Local Bronx Konuko (Garden) Gets NY City Council Support

Photo: From left Harry Bubbins, NYC Council member Melissa Mark Viverito, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Roberto Mukaro Borrero.

South Bronx, NY (UCTP Taino News) – New York City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn visited Brook Park in the South Bronx on Friday October 6th 2006.

The visit was an opportunity for community members to meet with the Council members as well as for the Council members to express their support for Brook Park and its environmental education, and community based programs. 5th Grade Students from PS. 30 were on hand to greet the Council members as well as demonstrate the harvesting of several varieties of vegetables grown right in the park’s konuko (Taino word for garden).

“Friends of Brook Park” board members, Harry Bubbins and Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Boriken Taino) were also present to welcome the distinguished guest. Both Borrero and Bubbins took the opportunity to highlight the connection between local indigenous community support and environmental education.

Friends of Brook Park is a leading commuity based environmental organization in the South, South Bronx. The organization engages youth and adults in organic gardening, community supported agriculture, arts and indigenous cultural events and activities that convey a deep respect for the Natural world. In addition, Friends of Brook Park are strong advocates for environmental justice, waterfront access and green space development while leading shore clean ups and canoe and kayak introductions and eco adventure tours.

UCTPTN 10.10.2006

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