Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - meeting details, access and more

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:
Come help plant some of the extra bulbs we have this Saturday from 11am - 1pm. We have a variety of bulbs that are leftover from helping distribute them to other gardens. We had a member suggest we could grow them to sell in the spring to help raise money so “Green Grow Bags” have been donated/acquired and bulbs are being planted in hopes we can sell them in the spring. Stop by the lots this Saturday around 11am to help plant some bulbs!
Planning meetings  have been going well. We have discussed all of the below and we would like to invite you to the next meeting! Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday at 8pm and Saturday at 1pm.
Organizational Structure: We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:
  • Administrative team: Meetings, city, paperwork
  • Community and Events: block party, opening party, harvest party, street tree pits
  • Team Money: fundraising, grants, treasury, ioby, bank account
  • Compost Crew: need volunteers, turner, educators
  • Gardening Group: food, floral
  • Steering Committee: discussions in the google group, vacant lots, 1 person from each group member team, ⅔ consensus, anyone can vote if they attend a monthly meeting, will discuss any ideas submitted in proposals and ideas form from site.
  • Working groups: Manual Labor, Garbage, Snow, Rats/Vermin
  • Communications: newsletter, website and social, phone calls to members and interested volunteers
Green Thumb and HPD: Our license has been renewed! Now we need info from Jay to know more about the upcoming season!
Letter to the Jay to renew our access to the middle lot: This was emailed to Jay and he asked that we contact him again on January 28th when he will know more.
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
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!
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.
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
Brooklyn Museum - WNYC's Annual MLK Celebration
We are proud to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Brooklyn with WNYC's Brian Lehrer and journalist Farai Chidaya on Sunday, January 20th at the Brooklyn Museum. Please join us for an afternoon of discussion and staged readings inspired by A. Peter Bailey’s play, “Malcolm, Martin and Medgar,” an imagined reunion of the slain civil rights icons. 3PM - 5PM. Details and Registration (required).
Park Slope Civic Council: Community Meeting on Fourth Avenue Traffic Issues
In February, the city's Department of Transportation, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and the Fourth Avenue Task Force will host a public workshop to explore Fourth Avenue's future (see below for details). To help take full advantage of the workshop, the Park Slope Civic Council's Forth on Fourth Avenue Committee is holding a planning session in January for all members of the community.
when: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. where: Fifth Avenue Committee office, 621 Degraw St., Brooklyn Learn more about this meeting on our website.
Park Slope Civic Council: Panel Discussion on BK Gateway Vision Plan
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign -- in collaboration with City Councilmember Letitia James, the Park Slope Civic Council, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, and the Boerum Hill Association -- will be hosting a panel discussion on the BK Gateway Plan, a vision of Brooklyn's transportation future.
when: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.  where: YWCA, 30 Third Ave., Brooklyn Read more about this meeting and the BK Gateway Plan on our website.
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.  
New York City Community Gardeners Coalition (NYCCGC): Next Thursday's general meeting will happen in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx simultaneously. Same agenda, multiple locations, all on January 17 at 6:30pm. Please attend whichever is most convenient for you, and spread word to fellow garden members.
Manhattan: Neighborhood Preservation Center - 232 E. 11th Street
Bronx: Berger Jr. High School - Brook Avenue btw 141 & 142 Street (enter on Brook Avenue)
Brooklyn: Offices of Brooklyn Queens Land Trust - 677 Lafayette Avenue (at Marcy)
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.