Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Small Green Patch News - 10.10 - 10.21 - Harvest Party Details Oct 21

Saturday, October 13 and 20- (9am - 4ish)
Sunday, October 14 and 21 - (1pm - 5ish)
Tuesday, October 1 - (6pm - till dusk)
Community Garden is open any time the gate is open!

Hi Friends :)

Fall Harvest Party: October 21 - the details!

Art - Bring the kids to help paint a mural that we will hang along the fence on the right side of the community garden!
We will have paint, plywood boards prepared and paint brushes - bring clothes you don't mind getting paint on! We will create a mural based off the same design in the flyer above of the Amazon. Aida, Caleigh, Bisi and a bunch of other folks will be helping out and we will have 4-5 painting stations for the kids to paint on. Can't wait to paint!

Music for Harvest Party: Times TBD
Open Acoustic Jam
4pm - KJ Denhert
3pm - Mamie Minch
2pm - Willie Gantrim

Group happenings:

A Small Green Patch:
The shed is on it's way today! If anyone can help keep Lindsey company today (Thursday 10.11.12) around 2:30pm the company for the shed will be coming to install around that time. Hip-hip-hooray! Here's to.. dry tools, papers.. maybe a desk? Orgainization and storage for over the winter. Woohooo!

The compost bin will be upgraded this weekendto reinforce the bottom and around the sides to ensure a solid winter with no house guests.

We are in need of help with all things Admininstrative - I need help with web, newsletter, planning meeting, community reachout, Tree Pit crew , coat drive 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! 

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 Sarah this Sunday, October 14 from 3-6 PM.  She'll be watering and harvesting tomatoes and kale. Email if you have questions, or just come on down Sunday for some gardening!
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:
Textile Arts Center:
It's the end of the season at the natural dye garden, but most of our flowers keep blooming. We started cropping out japanese indigo and did some dyeing experiments - so cool to see the green leaves transforming into the blue pigment! Keep posted for more activities in the garden soon. Textile Arts Center hours for this Fall season will be Monday 11AM-4PM (weather permiting).

Feedback Farms:
Feedback farms had a great time at the 596 benefit. We will be spending the next few weeks cleaning up the bounty from the summer and getting out the rest of the fall plantings in the ground.

Advisory Committee - We need you!:
Taking submissions - 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 Advisory Group is open to anyone interested. We will make decisions on projects people propose, plan out next season and more.

ioby funds = $801
member funds due = $100
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 and Lindsey for their help putting this weeks newsletter together.