North Central Troy is one of the most environmentally devastated neighborhoods of New York State, adjacent to brownfield areas, combined sewer overflows, and seemingly endless litter.
One block from the Hudson River, our environmental education campus — including Collard City Growers (garden, L-Lot and Food Cycle), the NATURE Lab Residency Space and Freedom Square — offers programming including community workshops, public art installations, artist residencies, research activities, and after school activities. We seek to combine global expertise with local knowledge to address the issues that are unique to the North Troy ecosystem and community.
Health Autonomy Clinic‘s goal is to establish a central space in Troy at The NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center to share health skills, provide basic integrative care and explore ways to build networks of community health. HAC embraces model of open sharing of health knowledge, and empower all community members to seek their independent health goals, as opposed to the traditional, hierarchical top-down approach of clinical medical practice. Though caring for our elders, our children, or cooking soul-nourishing food for family or friends may not be deemed ‘real’ healthcare, they know that in fact, it’s what holds us together and keeps us sane. Led by JJ Luceno and Dr. Frank Coughlin, out growing network sharing skills to build a space where creative, joyful health is possible and accessible.
In this current crisis, we are more than even committed to the potential that Health Autonomy Clinic can offer. Everyone it seems is struggling to keep up with the flood of information about the current crisis, the ways those in power are forcing us back to a “normal”, the over-reliance of the economy as a marker of anything lending towards health. And then we have the horrific news from Georgia and Minneapolis, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, a stark reminder of the crisis behind the crisis. Covid has only exacerbated the social oppressions and disparities that mark the “normal” so many of the elites want to return to.
Active NATURE Lab Projects:
- Health Autonomy Clinic
- Next Epoch Seed Library
- Environmental Education Center
- Composting: Troy Zero Waste
- Combined Sewage Overflow
- Ruderal Ecologies (Plants in the Ruins)
- Bio-Mapping (iNaturalist observations & more)
- Troy Residential Water Quality
- Collard City Growers gardens
- Collard City Growers Aquaponics
- Invasive and Feral Pigments