It was standing room only, for all who flocked to the RJ Café for “Restorative Justice through Community Gardening” at Art on 51st Street, last Friday. The gathering provided a forum for our neighborhood gardeners to network and to learn how community gardening can be restorative.
Featured speaker and Master Gardener, Mary Harkenrider, shared her experience of creating a rooftop community garden at a juvenile detention center and its restorative effect on the youth involved in the planting and caring for the garden.
Another highlight was the delicious, healthy food from the Dream Café and Grill donated by St. Barnabas Parish Peace and Justice committee. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a great success!
If you missed our RJ Café, stop by our Community Garden to see the fruit (and vegetables!) of the labor of our youth and Sr. Carolyn!