32 people attended the workshop on the 21st and learned how to tie certain knots, how to cast, and different safety precautions to take. The lessons connect residents to a local greenspace and underutilized community fishing site and allow community members to build a coalition invested in the ecology of local waterways. Fishing is a great outdoor activity for the whole family and we have it right here in Newhallville! if you are interested in scheduling a fishing course with Doreen, call her at 203-415-3646.
Doreen and Haley also began working closely with Newhallville resident and gardener extraordinaire Mr. Alonzo (pictured below) in the Learning Corridor garden (also known as the Hazel St. garden). At 90 years old, Mr. Alonzo still tends to the community garden almost every day. He sowed the bounty flourishing in the garden this season: collard greens, callaloo, kale, tomatoes, corn, squash, and herbs. In partnership with the Learning Corridor, Mr. Alonzo will work as the Learning Corridor Garden Keeper. He will continue to manage the garden and oversee plantings. His lifetime of gardening wisdom and knowledge of urban horticulture in New Haven will inform the lessons Doreen and Haley teach to visitors and student groups. Mr. Alonzo already gave Haley tips to ensure the pumpkin patch she planted with students on July 11th will be successful. On Monday (July 23rd), rain prevented Haley and Doreen from hosting an Explore.Discover.Create session at the Learning Corridor so kids were taken to the Harris and Tucker school.
Adam coordinated the delivery of a truck-load of wood chips to Sherman Forest on Wednesday (July 18th). The wood chips will be used to cover trails in the forest and protect trees from weeds along the tree corridor that runs parallel to Sherman Parkway. Adam will work with volunteer groups to lay the mulch.
The group met with Kwadwo Adae, the artist behind the Women’s Empowerment Mural, to discuss the motive for the mural and the role of art in shaping social development. After meeting with Kwadwo, the group walked down the Farmington Canal Trail to the Learning Corridor to discuss hosting a workshop on ceramics for Newhallville residents. The meet-up demonstrated the potential for the mural to inspire future programming and catalyze public art elsewhere in the community.
The unveiling ceremony has been postponed until early September when Kwadwo returns from Ecuador where he will be working on another project.