project leader
Roseanne A
2093 Vyse ave
(Bronx River )
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Divest From Fossil Fuels

the project

Bronx River is not what is was thousands of years ago when indigenous Algonquins lived in the Eastern Woodlands.  Today, SUNDAYS@11 volunteers haul out garbage at the annual Riverkeeper Sweep, engage in Bronx butterfly counts, and create enhanced habitat for native species that call the river home.

Our project begins in November with greenhouse seed starting to generate plant materials for restoration, plant share events, and street tree care planting days.  When weather warms up we start the 'growing season' by opening up community gardens to rebuild raised-beds, plant vegetable starts, build tree guards, and share the glory of spring flowering beds & borders.  SUNDAYS@11 greening group outreaches to help at gardens, compost sites, and select communities near Bronx River.  This effort improves the quality of life through pruning street trees, removing litter, and adding landscape beautification.

Our impact statistics include pollinator counts for Monarchs, Swallowtails & other Bronx butterfly species, bagged litter by the pound removed from Bronx River watershed, number of street trees stewarded, and number of perennials, trees & shrubs planted each year.  Special thanks to Bronx River Alliance, Riverkeeper, American Rivers, NYC Parks Department Super Stewards, and hundreds of participants for ongoing support and donations to continue the Bronx River wildflower corridor each year at workdays on Sundays starting at 11am!🐻

the steps

Funding will go toward the purchase of growing medium for seedlings, food & beverage for volunteers at planting days, greenhouse pots & trays to transplant germinating seeds, and hardware & lumber for constructing tree guards.

Most seeds are donated by Burpee, American Meadows, and Greenbelt Native Plant Center.  These seeds require seedling soil mix, small pots, humidity domes, and within 90-180 days fruits and flowers of peace yeild the seeds of hope!  SUNDAYS@11 participants meet at outreach locations and plant in cool temperatures during spring & fall to steward underserved neighborhoods.

why we're doing it

Teddy Bear Project's mission is to help individuals unite and pursue DIY projects:  Of all the programs, SUNDAYS@11greening outreach is the most favored activity of attendees.  The longterm goal is to become the 'greenest borough' in New York City. 

Bronx River is one block from a community garden in which much of the project preparation for planting days occurs & where outreach via bike and cart mobilize environmental conservation while avoiding fossil fuels at all costs.  These goals meet a clean air, water, and soil environmental justice standard in order for everyone to benefit.  Beautification at outreach sites connects resources for clean-ups and promotes pride in both youth and adults.  Our movement advocates for health, safer streets & sidewalks, tree health, unity in the community, transportation alternatives, civic pride, and bringing back pollinators.


Disbursed budget 4.16.2021

Hardware $865.45

Soil & Fertilizer $1000

Pots & Seeds $400

Food and Beverage $500

Volunteer Giveaways $300

TOTAL RAISED = $3,295.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $164.75
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $64.80

Updated budget 4.7.2021

Additional $2,250 for 50 Tree Guards ($45 each)

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $182
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

* $90: Fafard + Jiffy for seeds

* $800: Johnny's for seedlings

* $210: pizza for volunteers

* $180: pots + carrying trays

* $20: humidity domes for unheated greenhouse germination.


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $73
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.


Divest From Fossil Fuels

Luckily the NYC Environmental Justice funds match panned out!  My project now has Bronx River Wildflower Corridor E-Cargo Bike transportation to haul plants and tools to Bronx River worksites.



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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