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A Day at an Urban Community

  • Ganas Community 135 Corson Avenue Staten Island, NY, 10301 United States (map)

Ganas Community, located in Staten Island NYC, will host a 'Day at an Urban Community'. This will include a tour of the Ganas residences, a visit to each of our 3 Every Thing Goes stores, dinner, and discussion about the history of the community. Interested individuals will be able to stay overnight and be part of breakfast on Sunday morning and a rain catchment project. Feel free to come to as much or as little of the event as you can. Meet at 135 Corson Avenue unless noted otherwise.

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RSVP and inquires to Susan Grossman -

Saturday, Sept 21
Welcome to Ganas Community & Residences Tour 1pm - 2:30pm
135 Corson Avenue (*Wheelchair access from 48 Scribner)
➤Learn about the history of one of the longest-running urban intentional communities in the US and the rewards and challenges of living in community from Ganas Community founders and long-time members. We will share our formation and history, our ways of communication, decision-making, and self-governance, as well as our commitment to creating a culture of sharing experiences, living and working together.

Every Thing Goes Stores Tour 2:30pm - 4pm
135 Corson Avenue - meet and walk to stores (limited wheelchair access on parts of tour)
➤Take a one-mile stroll through Tompkinsville and St. George while learning about the Ganas businesses and visiting the ETG Stores which have been serving the community for 35 years on the mission that that every person and every thing has value - our job is to find that value and celebrate it. Our stores - ETC Clothing, ETC Furniture and ETG Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage - are designed on the sustainable ethic of adding value to our workers and the communities lives through creating unique experiences and keeping unique and beautiful items out of the waste-stream.

Ganas Community Regenerative Gardenscape Tour 4:30pm - 6pm
135 Corson Avenue - meet and walking tour (limited wheelchair access on parts of tour)
➤ Join a guided tour with Kevin, the Ganas Community garden manager and learn about our current Permaculture and urban gardening initiatives. We will share our developing systems that are based on regenerative agricultural and ecological practices, and our own particular implementations of no-till beds, hot composting, urban soil remediation, perennial plantings, water catchment and more. Our practices aim to improve topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, increase resilience to climate change, and strengthen the health and vitality of both the human and non-human urban ecosystem.

Community Dinner and Discussion 6:30pm-8pm
135 Corson Avenue (*Wheelchair access from 48 Scribner)
➤Join in a shared meal as we meet-and-greet, get to know you and discuss questions you have about Ganas community, sustainability and community-building. We will share our purpose to bring reason and emotion together in daily problem solving, in order to create our world the way we want it to be with love. We find open minds make it possible to talk together and understand each other better. Ongoingly, we are learning how to cooperate, care for each other and share resources. We welcome those who want to join us in this endeavor.

Relax and chat, visit ETG Book Cafe 8pm

*Stay at Ganas Community
(For those who wish to stay overnight there are several overnight accommodations available on a limited basis at Ganas Community for Sunday events - for details contact

Sunday, Sept 22
Discussion: Community and a Sustainable Future 10:30am - 12pm
135 Corson Avenue (*Wheelchair access from 48 Scribner)
➤Join in a facilitated discussion with Ganas Community members over brunch and reflect on the roots and future of the communities movement and how our own individual and collective decisions impact the role we each play in the creation of a sustainable community and society.

Rainwater Catchment Project 12 - 2pm
Meeting Location tbd
➤Take part in a rainwater-harvesting and catchment construction project to improve the water-cycle of the gardenscape, enhance ecosystem services, and increasing resilience to climate change, while reducing our ecological footprint and water-consumption. Learn tips and hands-on skills to take with you to construct your own rainwater-harvesting system.

Earlier Event: September 21
Oak Park Fix-it Cafe: September Gathering
Later Event: September 21
Open Farm Day