Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Happy New Year! - Meetings and Pictures of the Harvest Party

January Planning Meetings - JAN 9 & JAN 12 next week!

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 2pm

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

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great New Years Eve and Holidays - We took a small break from the newsletter and this is the first one of 2013 - I'm very excited for all the gardens future adventures!

We had over 10 other Gardens pick up bulbs that America the Beautiful Fund donated to us this past month. A couple of our members planted over 200 bulbs around the neighborhood earlier today. There is a new link in the google groups that will bring you to a page where all of our electronic and paper documents are displayed. A website makeover will be happening over the next few days too - if you have any suggestions, plans, projects, proposals for anything please email us!

Click on the image to the left to view the album of Paul's pictures from the Harvest party!

Planning Meetings January: we will continue to hold planning meetings each 2nd Wednesday night and 2nd Saturday afternoon each month until next season. Come help us plan for next year! Meet us at the Textile Arts Center on any of these days or nights.
  • January 9 - Wednesday 8:00pm
  • January 12 - Saturday 1:00pm

Support - They've helped a lot of recent gardens grow! 596 Acres is launching a book this week thanks to you! Please join us for the celebration and invite your friends! 596 Acres, Mohen & Segal, the Silent Barn present "You're So Lucky You Found Me" a book launch & welcome to our new office
Friday, January 11, 2013 This is a private party. RSVP: or on facebook:  I've been told we are in the book!
Some group news: 
Please help support our group members by checking out some of the fun workshops and events they are having. More workshops and farming programs to come!

A Small Green Patch:
Check out all the pictures Paul Zinman took at the Harvest Party - some great shots of our resident artists ;) here: 

Things you can do to help the garden grow!
  • Snow Patrol Team email
  • Vermin Patrol email
  • Planning meetings - come decide what we will do in the community lot next year
  • Are you a part of the google group yet? Please email for more info
  • Admin help email to find out what we could use help with
Textile Arts Center:
Whether you are 5 or 85, a designer, an artist, or student, there is something for you at TAC. Stop byone 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!

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

Kellen's Bees:
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.

Thank you,