Woodbine in Ridgewood holding fundraiser to finance its educational and cultural programs

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An “experimental hub” in Ridgewood for political and social movement is raising funds for another year in their space after being in the community since 2013.

Woodbine has raised $4,700 of their $10,000 goal to cover the expenses of rent of their space on Woodbine Street, along with insurance and other overhead, according to the organization. The group is also selling merchandise.

Some of the programs offered by Woodbine include research groups, a farm share of produce from Ironwood Farm in Columbia County, a monthly poetry reading series called Crush and meditation classes.

“Over the years, we have seen any number of political campaigns and movements come and go, which has proven again and again the necessity to maintain a consistency and sensibility within a ruthless world. For us this has been our space, the community that maintains it, and the spirit that circulates within and around it,” Matt Peterson from Woodbine wrote in an email.

Renovations to the space were also paid for out of pocket by the organizers, he said.

Peterson is a multi-media documentarian who has produced stories on the lives of people on American Indian reservations as well as Palestinian refugee camps.

Among the items that can be purchased through Woodbine’s IndieGoGo page are tote bags, t-shirts, artwork from Ben Morea and Tony Buczko, books, tarot readings, Reiki sessions, private dinners, cooking lessons and sailing lessons.

The money will help “cushion” the group against further expenses which will help them continue offering programs that help build communities up.

The organization can be found at 1882 Woodbine St.

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