Encounters with Nature in New York City Apartment: A Conclusion
As a final entry in this three part series, I’m writing to say that as of the end of May, Michael and I ceased to reside in our small New York City apartment. After skipping around to other temporary homes in Manhattan, Berlin, and currently Brooklyn, at the end of August we will be making the four-day train journey back to the west coast. There, we will settle indefinitely, and will reside in a not-quite-as-small Vancouver apartment.
I felt it necessary to report that before vacating our New York City apartment, I managed to find good homes for our worms. The preschool students at Hollingworth (at Teachers College) are now caring for the bin and the vast majority of the worms. I also helped a friend - who was eager to start composting - to set up his own worm bin, and passed a smaller portion of the worms on to him to get him going. Unfortunately, he recently informed me that these worms perished in the heat wave that’s hit New York this summer. Despite this sad news, though, I’m confident that since he’s got the bin set up and knows the ropes, he’ll continue his composting endeavours at the end of this hellishly hot summer (he’s already starting scheming up cooling mechanisms for the worm bin for next summer).
As for the sprouted avocado plant (and other house plants), it’s also been passed on to the preschoolers. The window farm, on the other hand, has been disassembled and will be making the journey back to Vancouver with us. We’ll eventually put it back together and will hopefully manage to establish a more ‘fruitful’ farm out west.
And with that, I conclude the ‘Encounters with Nature in New York City Apartment’ series - as I look forward to the big move. I anticipate having more encounters with the natural world outside of my apartment on the west coast, but will assuredly continue my indoor endeavours and experiments as well.
To be continued.