“Harvest” on Heritage Radio Network!

Hear me read an excerpt from my epic poem, “Harvest,” on Heritage Radio Network!

Darkness in the Red Hook Houses

Sharing food connects us to our primal urge to gather together, to rebuild our tired, weary bodies while sitting around the proverbial fire. If nothing else, that is what makes us human: feeling the need to join others, to find restoration there. We can rise even further than that, by recognizing that we all belong … Continue reading

Visions of McCarren Park Urban Farm

  Last Thursday, my friend Ryan and I (and a group of other North Brooklyn residents) attended the participatory budgeting meeting for the 33rd District. It was a chance for community members to voice concerns about problems in the neighborhood, present ideas about how to fix those problems, and start the process of deciding how … Continue reading

Fresh Food in Queensbridge Houses

In a city of great wealth and a seeming abundance of food, there are still many people and entire neighborhoods that don’t get the equal access – whether for geographic or economic reasons –  to healthy, fresh produce as others. A new program by GrowNYC that starts next will attempt to address this access problem … Continue reading

The Corner of the Field: First Harvest

Note: This article was first posted on Construction Lit Mag. See the original article here. It is the first article of my column, entitled The Corner of the Field, which will be posted monthly.  Leviticus 19:9-10 commands: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not fully reap the corner of your field, … Continue reading

Corporate Influence in Organic Food

Last Sunday, the New York Times ran an article asking whether the organic food industry has been oversized — whether corporate influence in the industry has changed the meaning of organic beyond its initial intent and purpose, both co-opting and corrupting the process of setting organic standards and of shaping the direction of the industry. … Continue reading

Finding Community at the Brooklyn Food Conference

Activists, advocates, writers, students, and foodies all converged on Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Saturday for the Brooklyn Food Conference, a day dedicated to discussions of food justice, food policy, and the way that food unites us all. As we filed into the main auditorium for the opening session, the sounds … Continue reading

Smart Policies for Food Deserts

We live in a political culture that looks at big problems and (provided we can bring ourselves to admit that the problem exists in the first place) says “nope, too big” or “too expensive.” We howl about big government and worship the false idol of the free market. In effect, by defending the status quo … Continue reading

In the Desert

This weekend, Jews will hold seders to celebrate the holiday of Passover by retelling the story of their exodus from bondage in Egypt, their odyssey from exile to redemption. This is a story universal in scope, as it applies not only to Jews over 3,000 years ago but to anyone who has ever been enslaved. … Continue reading

Candle to Candle

Even in New York City, in amongst 8 million people, amongst infinite ideas and energies swirling all around, it is possible to feel isolated. It is possible to feel the fundamental loneliness inside our own brains, alone with just our thoughts. I can feel it in side street stillness, when I suddenly realize there are … Continue reading