Collard City Growers

No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research


 23 OCTOBER 2018

Projects that recruit the public are getting more ambitious and diverse, but the field faces some growing pains.

Aisling Irwin

 

 

Japanese priest Sadamaru Okano stands beneath a Geiger counter (top left) that sends radiation readings to the Safecast …

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Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

Picks of the week


Published 4:14 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

Jeri-yah Ford, left, and his brother Jerry Ford III, both of South Troy, crush apples in a cider press during StoryHarvest Festival on Sept. 26. The event, sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media, took place at Freedom Square, at 101st Street and Fifth and Sixth avenues …

A Weed Library Grows in Brooklyn


Don’t sneer at these enemy plants: Weeds may help feed, heal, and outfit us in the future.

Arvind Dilawar 09.21.18 5:18 AM ET

 

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

 

On a humid Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons guide a tour group through plant species …

Coopted environmental justice? Activists’ roles in shaping EJ policy implementation


Environmental Sociology

ISSN: (Print) 2325-1042 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rens20

Jill Lindsey Harrison
To cite this article: Jill Lindsey Harrison (2015) Coopted environmental justice? Activists’
roles in shaping EJ policy implementation, Environmental Sociology, 1:4, 241-255, DOI:
10.1080/23251042.2015.1084682

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2015.1084682

Published online: …

Nature-Lab

Media Alliance Center in Troy receives grant funding


 

 

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TROY, N.Y.— The Media Alliance Center in North Central Troy recently found out they received a $250,000 grant to create the NATURE …

Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces New Concerts


September 18th, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg

Chris Pasin will celebrate the music of Ornette Coleman at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced it fall season of …

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Azura Keahi of Collard City Growers on harvesting Troy’s fruit


Publication: The Alt

Published: 06/27/2018

By: Luke Stoddard Nathan

Azura Keahi is currently involved with two unrelated projects in Troy: Collard City Growers, a volunteer-powered initiative of the nonprofit Sanctuary for Independent Media that maintains gardens at five formerly vacant lots in the North Central neighborhood, and …

Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Presenter Bios


Ruderal Ecologies Symposium Presenters:

Julia Cavicchi, Anne Pfeifenberger & Olivia Golden Environmental Studies, Skidmore College ’18

Julia, Olivia, and Anne are Environmental Studies seniors at Skidmore College who have been delving into the capital region’s sewer systems for their capstone research on Combined Sewer …

Food Cycle


Collard City Growers also manages three other previously vacant lots including Freedom Square, an …

Story Harvest


One of our key annual food justice celebrations is “StoryHarvest: …

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Carriage House


We have renovated a former carriage house on the lot, which is used as …

“StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art”


Published: 10/12/2017
Publication: Saratoga Living

StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art

Rebecca Whitehead gives a free chair massage.

 

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy held its seventh annual StoryHarvest: A Celebration of …

I Spy Spanish and Memories at Uptown Summer 2016


 

We began the day as we always do, sitting on the covered patio in the back of the Sanctuary, eating bagels, drinking coffee, and making sense of the day’s work to come. However, as today began the final week of Uptown Summer 2016, we spent some of this time …

Guests and Music Mingle at Spanish in the Garden


 

“Cuando tú me dices a media voz que me amas

Me siento tan sublime como el tibio sol de la mañana

Y esto es lo que tú me haces sentir

Desde el día en que te conocí.”

 

Sounds of …

A Debate in Translation: Are Tomatoes a Vegetable or a Fruit?


 

We don’t always know the things that we think we know. Sometimes, the simplest questions require translation and clarification.


Today, during Week 2 of Spanish in the Garden, we realized a very real gap in our collective knowledge: What is …

A Feast of Fusion: Uptown Summer 2016 and a Puerto Rican Hawaiian Luau


At the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Tuesdays are the first day of a work week of Uptown Summer’s environmental stewardship and neighborhood storytelling activities. Today in particular brought with it a special newness, as it was the first day of our Spanish in the Garden workshop, which will continue on Tuesdays through the rest of Uptown Summer.


Brainstorming and Building Our Stories: Day 3 of Uptown Summer 2016


Day 3 of Uptown Summer left us wondering what we can build with and in our communities, as a morning of working in the garden moved  into an afternoon of brainstorming in the Sanctuary.

 

Our morning began with the beeping sounds of a dump truck in reverse, set to provide us with a ton of gravel to add to the pathway that extends through the L-Lot. We spent our morning there, shoveling gravel into pathways, turning piles of dirt and stone into spaces for walking and moving forward into well-loved spaces. With shovels and wheelbarrows and rakes we turned weeds into walking spaces, fueled by water breaks and laughter.

A Summer of Stories: Day 1 of Uptown Summer 2016


 

Today was a story of beginning. Our 2016 Uptown Summer youth employees began their summer of Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Storytelling with an introduction to The Sanctuary for Independent Media and a tour of Collard City Growers. In doing so, we also shared the stories of ourselves. In our …

"The Sanctuary for Independent Media builds community through food"


Date published: 08/25/2015
Publication: Albany Times Union

The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s radical urban gardening

 Published 6:13 pm, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is housed in a converted historic church in North Troy. …

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7th Annual North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration
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NATURE Lab Workshop– Fruit & Berry Propagation with Collard City Growers

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