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!