Friday, January 25, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - composting saturdays

February Planning Meetings - FEB 9 & FEB 13

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm

The Community Garden is open any time the gate is open.

A Small Green Patch:
Quiet week at the patch - We hope you all are staying warm! Stop on by this Saturday from 11am - 1pm for Compost Dropoff and a hot cup of coffee! Everyone please also welcome Jennifer to the Compost Team!
Organizational Structure: We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:
Compost Saturdays!: We need people to volunteer on Saturdays 11am - 1pm so people can dump their compost off - if you are interested in joining the composting team email us at

Kellen and Beyonce
Checked up on the bees during last weekend’s warm spell. They were active and I saw plenty of honey stores in the hive as well. All will be quiet on the bee front over the next couple months. When temperatures drop, the bees remain in the hive and form a cluster, shivering their flight muscles to generate heat and keep the hive warm. The winter cluster will move through the hive, consuming honey stores until the weather warms and they can begin to forage again. I'll be checking in on them occasionally through the winter, if we have some days that are warm enough for them to be active.
Feedback Farms:
Feedback Farms formed in 2011 around the idea of making temporary farms on vacant Brooklyn lots. While rooftop farming is becoming increasingly popular in NYC, farming on vacant lots has distinct advantages including potentially lower costs, less wind, flexible growth mediums, and ease of access. Feedback Farms is currently working on plans for next seasons crops and events!
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.  Now that we have finished the 2012 growing season, we are working on our plans for 2013. If you are interested in learning more about St. Lydia's or about the Enough for Everyone Garden, please find us at or email Rachel Pollak at
Textile Arts Center:
Whether you are 5 or 85, a designer, an artist, or student, there is something for you at TAC. Stop by one of the studios for more information, or read about our mission. Our facilities include state of the art equipment in a comfortable environment, full of knowledgeable instructors. Visit the artists in residence, browse the library, or check out the latest exhibition. Become amember, an intern, or donate help the textile arts grow. Never hesistate to contact us with any questions!
Intern with us:
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks starting January 31, 2013. Your tasks will include groundtruthing lots, putting up signs, talking to neighbors, distributing materials, developing a plan for marketing our curriculum for schools and other venues, organizational development and generally helping us improve the work that we do. This is an unpaid internship; we can reward you with hours through TimebanksNYC. You will be working out of our Bushwick studio in the Silent Barn at least one day per week (preferably Thursday) plus some hours of field work or research. Please send a resume, a letter of interest and a photograph of the place in your neighborhood that you are most curious about. Application due by 11:59p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2012 to 
Park Slope Civic Council: Fourth Avenue Safety Visioning Workshop
This workshop being organized by DOT, the Borough President, and the Task Force will focus on the avenue from Pacific Street to 15th Street. The goals of this meeting are to identify street safety concerns, gather input, discuss street design solutions, and discuss ways to improve Fourth Avenue.
when: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m. where: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 249 9th St. (in the Parish Hall, downstairs, enter on Fourth Avenue) Visit our website for details.  

Please join NYCCGC's Planning meeting on Thursday January 23rd, 6 PM, Location TBA
"Stand for Our Land!" Mayoral Forum & Grassroots Activism Growing food and justice for this election year and beyond 
Cooper Union Great Hall, April 27th 2013
Please join the forum planning group and be a part of healing of our neighborhoods. This is your opportunity to shape the conversation around the future of our gardens - come to the planning meeting and pitch in. We plan to use our forum to inspire a grassroots movement to preserve, enrich and increase our community gardens and open public spaces where we grow healthy food, provide places for rooted education, celebrate our cultural diversity, nurture our communities and much much more.

News from the Brooklyn Community Foundation:
Brooklyn Bar Night at Prospect 
Fort Greene's hottest new restaurant is making the most of Mondays with the launch of a new charity bar night. Stop by this Monday, January 28th in for drink specials, while all tips go to the Brooklyn Community Foundation! Details and directions
February 21st - Save the Date!
Next month, we're showing our love for Brooklyn with a new fundraiser, "Brooklyn Love". Join us at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights for a one-of-a-kind party to benefit the Foundation's Arts for All Fund. Details to come!