Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Farmers Markets Open! Summer Soccer/Basketball for Kids!

Join us!
Farmers Markets 
Fun Fitness for Kids and Adults 
Crown Heights Farmers Market 
TODAY 1-6 pm, Hamilton Metz Field
 Prospect Park markets Friday & Saturday
$2 Free Health Bucks for $5 EBT spent
TODAY - welcome RH Farms to Brooklyn!
EBT, SNAP, WIC, FMNP, Health Bucks accepted at all markets! Get $2 free for every $5 EBT spent.
Fresh-picked kale, corn, carrots, beets, spring onions, potatoes, plums, peaches, tomatoes, lettuces... more.
We're in Crown Heights, corner of Albany & Lefferts Aves. Click here for location
Kids, teens! Sign up for summer sports camps & activities. Come for soccer and basketball. Ride the blender bike. Enjoy fresh juices at the Hip2B Healthy Market. Free health screenings with Dr. Vida from SUNY Downstate.
3:30 TO 6:30 PM
Parkside Plaza Farmers Market

Prospect Park Farmers Market 
Featuring Brooklyn's own
Isabahlia Farms,  Mom and Pop's Natural Shop of Crown Heights and more....
Youth Soccer and Basketball Starts Today
Registration Always Open. Register here or at the market!

Hey, Mr. Long made it only a few blocks on the bike for Tour de Brooklyn! But our 340-lb Heavy Pedal Pusher has not given up his campaign for fresh food and fitness for kids!
Join guests this week for fitness every day at the markets!
Featuring Kaylan on Friday 12-3 - All ages! 

Did you our markets this week in the news? Click here!
See Brenda of Isabahlia Farms below.
Sign up at the market or online here.
crown Heights Farmers Market c/o

CH Farmers Mkt - Cabbage Tomatoes  peaches
Dear Nancie,

    Crown Heights Farmers Market opens today from 1-6 pm at Hamilton Metz Park. Please support our wonderful RH Farms, trucking in two hours from New Jersey. More growers join Fridays and Saturdays.   Enjoy also fresh 50-cent snacks from our Hip2B Healthy kids.
      Kids! Play basketball today with the NYPD from 3:30 to 6:30 at the Crown Heights Market. Play soccer 3-6 pm. Parents, register here.
     We have exciting plans for our markets, powered by summer youth! We start with sports today. We'll add tutoring, cooking demos and all kinds of healthy, family and community fun activities at our markets. We'll soon welcome back Jamerican Farms with Rodrick's callaloo. Welcome, this Saturday,  Isabahlia Farms of Brownsville, BROOKLYN! See photos of their farm here! Along with vegetables and plums, they'll have farm fresh eggs!
Also - welcome Crown Heights' very own Chanel Cumberbatch with products from Mom and Pop's Natural Shop. Go, Brooklyn! More to come...
  • Thursdays - Crown Heights, Hamilton Metz Park, 1-6 
  • Fridays - Parkside Plaza at Parkside/Ocean Ave. 11-6  
  • Saturdays - Prospect Park at Empire/Flatbush Ave. 9-5 
  • Saturdays - Maybe Bed-Stuy! Stay tuned.                        
APPLY NOW at the NYC Dept. of Health. IT'S EASY.
Call: 718-637-5220 or email:
 CLICK HERE FOR INFO. Share flyer with every school, community group, places of worship, summer schools, daycare centers, anyone you know!

THANK YOU, GROSSE POINTE MEMORIAL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS, PS 770 AND PS 221 for the beautiful farmers market banners. Come see them & color them in!
THANK YOU, Summer Youth Employment Program for sending us this wonderful young people to power our markets! You'll see them at the markets.
We thank all our Soccer for Harmony - Crown Heights Cup players for a grand day of soccer. Who cares about the World Cup when you got the Crown Heights Cup?

Viva, Argentina!
(Okay: Go Germany, too!
 All donations go to all THREE farmers markets in Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts, plus our Hip2B Healthy youth programs. All for harmony and beauty ... not violence.
Play soccer or basketball or.... join our first
Basketball/Soccer Camp: ages 8-12
Come to markets to register or
Call: 917-756-4202  
Soccer: Thursday (today) 3 pm, Saturdays 1-3 pm, Sundays 4-6, pm, ages 3 & up, and Tuesdays 3 pm
We can add Tues/Thu/Fri ams, on demand! 
Basketball for grades 3, 4, 5, 6 - Tu., Th., Sat. 3:30-6:30 pm
You can also like each market on Facebook for updates.

These words are from Mr. Solomon Long,  340 lbs. He got on a bike to ride for fresh food. Soon, Mr. Long will be leading a weekly walk every Thursday for farmers markets & programs for underserved kids and against violence. 
Mr. Long is the retired principal of PS 91 in Crown Heights and he doesn't want kids today to grow up with NO access to fresh food or healthy activities so they die young from preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease. 
Our markets feature not fresh produce and activities to build community. EBT/SNAP, WIC, FMNP, Health Bucks accepted. For as little as $20, we'll feature your name on our banners at our markets. Pledge more and we'll blast your business.  
 Folks Take Action for Their Community!
YES! For PS 221, they deserved more pre-K and thanks to the Dept. of Education, they got it! 
They are seeking one more class!

Yes, we agree education and employment and healthy youth activities fight gun violence!

Questions? Email us at or call 917-756-4202.

Thanks to Assemblyman Karim Camara, Prospect Park Alliance, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Dept. of Parks, NYC Street Activities Permit Office, USDA, NY state Agriculture and Markets, City Councilwomen Laurie Cumbo and Darlene Mealy, Public Health Solutions, Chef Saul Bolton, all our chefs and gardeners, the summer youth and the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church volunteers of Michigan and all who are helping us in every which way to get our markets up and our kids active and healthy. We are so very, very grateful to you.

See you at the markets and the field!

Seeds in the Middle
Crown Heights Soccer Eagles
TWITTER: @seedsnmiddle and @soccer4harmony

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Seeds in the Middle and Tour de Brooklyn in the News

Solomon Long, retired principal of Crown Heights' P.S. 91, grew up in the projects on a diet of fast food and convenience stores. He doesn't want the same for the kids in his neighborhood.
So, he's riding in the Tour de Brooklyn on June 1. 
Join us - Call today at 917-697-3745
They're riding for farmers markets! Here they are!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Calling 100 Bicyclists! 120 Soccer Players! Move for Fresh Food! Open our Farmers Markets!


Seeds in the Middle invite
Crown Hts Cup, Soccer for Harmony - June 8
Yes - Kids can do it, too!
Ride, play soccer for kids!
Youth Soccer - Sign up! Saturdays & Sundays
Thanks to Yale Club NYC, Johnny's Seeds, Transportation Alternatives... more....

Friday April 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
510 Albany Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Hamilton Metz Field
Albany and Lefferts Avenues
Brooklyn, NY
Soccer for Harmony Logo

You're invited to empower kids to play ball, eat fresh, and get access to new nearby farmers markets. Sign up your children (ages 3 & up) for soccer, and youth basketball for grades 3-6.
 You bike, play ball AND support healthy kids.
We're raising food and fitness health experts.  
Job openings! Minimum age: 4  

Thank you, Transportation Alternatives,  for coveted spots in the popular 20-mile Tour de Brooklyn bike tour on June 1. Tickets go on sale May 14 and sell out in 48 hours!
Hold your spot. Get pledges and reserve with us. 

Wanted! 100 bicyclists!

Crown Hts Cup - Soccer for Harmony 
Enjoy NYPD 71st Precinct Community Council Family Day and play ball.
Sunday, June 8 - after 1 pm
7 v 7, $20 free agents - two free practices per team.

Here's what biking and playing ball can do! Create FOUR farmers markets in underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods from Prospect Park at Empire Blvd. to Parkside Plaza in Prospect-Lefferts to Crown Heights to Bed-Stuy, maybe more.  
Our markets feature not fresh produce and activities to build community. EBT/SNAP, WIC, FMNP, Health Bucks accepted.  

THANK YOU, YALE CLUB CHEF KEHRLI for hosting PS 335 of central Brooklyn for an extraordinary tour and cooking class at the Yale Club, NYC.


Teen Dancers - Manhattan class 
Designed for teens with little or no training.  
Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm, 150 w. 46th St. Contact us.

BK Youth Soccer, ages 3 & up 
Saturdays 1-3 pm
Sundays 3-6 pm open May 18
Register, Info. Click here

Our family-friendly, fun, active, learning clinics are led by skilled players and assisted by volunteers and parents.
Follow blogspot here.
See photos on Facebook here. 
No experience necessary. Registration always open.
Grades 3-6 at the courts at Hamilton Metz Field. Come to orientation on Tues., May 27, 3:30 pm, with Coach Jerome.
Questions? Email us at or call 917-756-4202.
P.S. News from Seeds in the Middle  
  • HIRING! Farmers Market Manager needed. Want
     to help your community eat fresh? Contact us.
  • BIKE for Good! Join our team for Tour de Brooklyn. Download our donor form here. Raise $300 per rider. 
  • FARMERS MARKETS/FARMSTANDS: Want one in your neighborhood so kids and you can eat healthy, too? Email us at
  • FOOD ARTISANS/FARMERS: We can sell and promote your brand & products. Contact us.
  • RUN! Want to run/walk with kids or adults at our field on Saturdays/Sundays? Or at schools?  
  • PREK- Believe underserved public schools deserve preK?Sign online petition here for PS 221 and PS 161. 
Thanks to Johnny's Seeds for donating to our dear farmers, the Hildebrants at RH Farms, so they can grow more for us.

Look forward to hearing from you or seeing you on the field!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Join Seeds in the Middle Martin Luther King Day of Service 2014 - 5k, Farmers Mkt, Oratory Contest

      5k Walk/Run, Farmers Market, Oratory Contest!
This event is about empowering students in the obesity epidemic - the tale of the other city of the two cities - to create their own healthy environment.

  • There are NO winter farmers markets in the obesity epidemic areas of central Brooklyn, Bronx and Harlem. 
  • There are 25 in the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • We are changing that!
  • See article in Daily News: Nutritionally, a Tale of Two Cities
  •   BONE MARROW REGISTRY FOR 9/11 responder, retired NYPD Sgt. Wanda Davis 9a - 2p at PS 221
  •   FARMERS MARKE, produce from more than a dozen DONATING farmers at PS 221 - 9:30 -2 pm
  •   5k Walk/ Run against violence and for healthy kids from PS 221 to PARK SLOPE, BK - kids and   volunteers start at PS 221, Crown Hts (NOON) ending at Da Nonna Rosa Restaurant, 140 7th Av., BK
  •   ORATORY CONTEST - I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH - 11:15 - dignitaries judges invited, 14 and under 

SPECIAL MLK DAY Jan. 20 EVENT in Crown Heights features first-ever 5k starting in Crown Heights obesity epidemic to Park Slope
-  Pop-Up winter Farmers Market in obesity epidemic
- "I Have a Dream" youth oratory contest by family of teen killed over iPod
AND bone marrow drive to find a match for 9/11 minority female responder with same disease as Robin Roberts

Brooklyn - Scores of volunteers - farmers, runners, college students, teens and more - from across the city are merging on a Crown Heights elementary school - Seeds in the Middle's first Hip2B Healthy School - on Jan. 20 to give kids in the obesity epidemic a chance at quality health and education. Seeds in the Middle, a small 501c3 charity.founded by a journalist and an African-American principal from Crown Heights, are staging the:

first 5k family walk/run against violence and for healthy kids from PS 221 in Crown Heights to Park Slope's Da Nonna Restaurant

- Pop-up Farmers Market in highest need area - featuring generous farmers and growers like Tree Licious Orchards,Union Square Grassman (of Gowanus) and more (following Daily News column by Nancie Katz - Nutritionally a Tale of Two Cities

- Fun, healthy, active workshops for kids - dance, soccer, relays, tutoring and more - all led by volunteers!

- Oratory contest for ages 14 and under by Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign

Bone Marrow Registry to build minority pool for donors for sufferers of blood cancer, like 9/11 responder, retired NYPD Sgt. Wanda Davis - see

WHEN :Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 to 2 pm (and 3 pm at end of run at Da Nonna Rosa in Park Slope)
9:30 -10 am: Healthy breakfast 
10-1 : Fun workshops for kids
11:15 Oratory Contest of an abbreviated "I Have a Dream" speech
12: Run/walk starts: Here's the route!
 9-2 pm - Farmers Market and Bone Marrow Registry Drive

INFO: Email or call 917-756-4202

LINK TO REGISTER WITH SCHEDULEHere is the link to sign up.

Seeds in the Middle pilots holistic Hip2B Healthy schools, farmers markets and sports tournaments to give all children a chance to be healthy. We are  trying to raise funds to save programs in the obesity epidemic and open more farmers markets. Event is free. We are asking for pledges of $20 to support healthy programs for kids and open more farmers markets in the NYC obesity epidemic. Students in public schools can get 20% back for their own school programs. Volunteers are coming from St. Ann's School, Baruch College, New York University Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech,, Americorps and just New Yorkers! 
American Apparel, Modells and chefs and farmers are sponsoring too.

Kind farmers are donating or coming to sell. We welcome more vendors, especially those who want to sell handmade items - jewelry, etc. See our newsletter to see the featured farmers:Damico FoodsCato Corner FarmBread Alone,Union Square GrassmanTree Licious OrchardsRace FarmBeth's Farm Kitchen,Ronnybrook Farms, Lavender by the BayDiPaola Turkey (cooked on site), Raw Food Brooklyn,,Lynnhaven Goat Dairy , and more. Vendors - artisans, crafts, food - welcome!
This is truly an event when "little black boys and girls" will be holding hands with "little white boys and girls" - all to effect positive change, healthy kids and a greener, healthier environment for ALL New Yorkers - especially those in the highest-need areas like central Brooklyn, Bronx and Harlem.

Editors: please post event. Special possibilities for before event stories:

Seeking young minority men to register as bone marrow donors to potentially safe the life of a retired NYPD officer and 9/11 responder and others. They are her only hope.

American Apparel, Modells, and the Big Apple Circus and all our chefs and restaurants.
 Dr. Kracker, Union Square Grassman, Bread Alone, Cato Corner Farm, Damico Foods, Race Farm, Tree Licious Orchards, Beth's Farm Kitchen, and many more...   Da Nonna Rosa Restaurant (718) 788-6225, for welcoming our walk/runners at the finish line.Great Food. Class Act. What more can I ask for? 
      Run4Fun Youth Running Club, a USATF youth running club, is dedicated to promoting self-esteem, confidence, team building, and fitness at each level. Run4Fun Youth Running Club - empowering youth through running! Thanks, Nicoletta, for designing the route and more.
Here's our Modells' 15% off coupon!