It was a lovely weekend. Dinner in Darien with my dear college roommate. Brunch at ABC Kitchen with Connie and Alex. A meeting with fellow sweet freak Kathy Chan. But today was just a great day.
I had signed up to do some volunteer farming at the Added Value Farm on Governors Island, giving me the opportunity to not only get earthy and earnest for a few hours, but also to see this island, which used to be a military base, for the first time.
It was a priceless view leaving the city. I still miss those towers, but at least have my memories of them.
And once on the island, it was a great juxtaposition to see greens and sculptures with the city skyline as a backdrop.
In fact, there are sculptures and views all over the island.
Added Value works in conjunction with the three-acre Red Hook Community Farm to support a CSA, weekly farmer’s market and four local restaurants. We were tasked with tilling some new plots, weeding some old plots and transplanting flowers between the two.
I know it sounds dorky but it was really rewarding to see the nice, fresh rows we left behind.
As luck would have it, it was one of the two jazz age summer weekend lawn parties on Governors Island. For years, I’ve seen the amazing photos coming out of this event and finally got to see it up close (sort of; I was filthy and felt chagrined to even be near all this loveliness).
Sorta makes you want to get all dolled up and dance, doesn't it?