Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Small Green Patch Newsletter 09.20 - 09.27 - Advisory Committee

Saturday, September 22 - (9am - 4ish)
Sunday, September 23 - (1pm - 5ish)
Tuesday, September 25 - (6pm - till dusk)
Community Garden is open any time the gate is open!

Hello All!

Advisory Committee - We need you!:
Taking submission - would you like to help plan next years garden? Please email if you are interested in participating in helping us create next years plan and plans for the rest of this season. The Avisory Group is open to anyone interested. We will make decisions on project people propose, plan out next season and more.

Fall Harvest Party:
Save the Date and bring the kids!~ We need your help October 21, 2012 to hold our first Fall Harvest Party! Please email to let us know if you would like to contribute to the event in any way! Some of the things mentioned so far has been an art event for the kids, sharing of food grown in the lots and hopefully some music!

ioby funds = $801
member funds due = $100

Group happenings:

A Small Green Patch:
Looking for help with all things Admininstrative - I need help with web, newsletter, planning meeting, community reachout, Tree Pit crew and planning for the Fall Harvest party - please contact if you are interested.

Members: Please take a moment to read the signs that were posted around the entrances of each space for your convenience! 

Kellen's Bees:
Lots of activity in the hive, with a nectar-gathering from blooming fall plants. Queen Beyonce's egg laying has slowed down to accommodate honey storage for winter. The bee population will start to decline now and through the winter until laying starts again in the spring. In other news, I just got back from a few weeks in China on vacation and happened upon some neat wooden beehives while hiking in rural Hunan Province. Trying to find out more about how they work. Here's a picture:
St. Lydia's:
St. Lydia's is a dinner church; we meet every Sunday night to share a sacred meal in Brooklyn.  The St. Lydia's Enough for Everyone Garden is an experiment in radical generosity and grows out of our weekly practice of welcoming anyone and everyone to our table.  Our next open hours will be hosted by Shamika this Saturday, September 22 from 4-6 PM.  She'll be harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, beans and chard, and tending to our thriving decorative seasonal gourd crop which is showing signs of bearing fruit in time for the October 21 harvest party! Email if you have questions, or just come on down Saturday for some gardening!

Feedback Farms:
Feedback Farms is your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.  A CSA is a mutually beneficial partnership between a farm and its surrounding community. As a CSA, Feedback Farms relies on the local community for support and in return provides healthy, affordable produce, a direct connection to the food system, opportunities for education and engagement, and a chance to spend time on a working urban micro farm. Email for more info.

Textile Arts Center:
The main goal of the Textile Arts Center is to provide support to fiber artists, designers, and everyday people interested in working with fiber, by acting as a resource facility and creative meeting place.
Since its founding in mid-2009, the Textile Arts Center offers multiple ways in which the public can participate in the textile arts. Through classes, workshops, exhibitions, and special events, the Textile Arts Center aims to preserve ancient handcrafts and techniques, while enabling paritcipants to fit such processes into contemporary life.

Composting info:
A Small Green Patch will be composting organic waste on-site and will start accepting compost drop-offs twice a week - Tuesdays from 6pm to dusk and Sundays from 1-4pm.  Come by with your compost, check out our newly built compost bins and visit the garden.
We would like to extend a big thank you to the Boerum Hill Association for awarding us one of their Greening grants and making this project possible. We would also like to thank Feedback Farms and A Small Green Patch volunteers for helping get the compost built and in working order!
Here is some information on what we can take:
Bring: fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, flowers and houseplants
Don't bring: meat, fish, dairy, fat, bones, coconuts, pet wastes, coal or charcoal, compostable plastics, pesticide treated materials
Avoid odors!  Store your food scraps in the freezer or refrigerator
Stay green! Keep scraps in a reusable container. We do not have trash bins where you can dispose of plastic bags in the garden
  • Remember - members can enter the garden anytime from the morning till dusk - bring your friends and spend some time outside! 
  • Join the google group for more in depth information and discussions!!forum/asmallgreenpatch
  • Reply to this email to be added to the calendar so you can add hours you would like to host, events or other important dates!
  • Garbage goes out on Mondays - we should pull the trash out after 6pm-7pm Monday nights
  • Water - there is water in the big garbage bin towards the front of the lots - this should always be filled but we can give lessons on how to get more if needed!
  • Purchases - We would like to ask that if you buy something you do not want other people to use to please make sure you label it with a sign "Please do not use". Ziplock baggies can be tacked or taped onto the area or materials
  • Windowboxes - if there is a red or orange stick in it someone owns that box! If there is a green or blue stick.. replant the plants already there and then use the soil/compost mix to plant anything you want!! Make sure to put a red or orange stick in it to let everyone know you've claimed your widowboxes.
A Small Green Patch - Special thanks to Rachel, Clare, Isa for their help putting this weeks newsletter together.