Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Compost Saturdays - Prepping

March Planning Meetings - MAR 13 & MAR 16

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm

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

A Small Green Patch:
We had a short working day this past Saturday where we organized the seeds packs that were donated last year and we also planted some seeds to get a head start on the growing season! Sunday we had part of the compost team in the garden working as well.

One of our members is caring for the tray of seeds now but we are looking for anyone that might have room with lots of sunlight and the possibility of a fluorescent lamp setup until spring comes! Please email for more details.

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

Organizational Structure: We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:

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 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!

Kellen and Beyonce
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.


596 Acres info!
596 Acres is hiring! We are proud to announce three Organizing Fellow positions for Spring 2013, one each for the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
  • On Sunday March 10, from 3-5pm, 596 Acres will be having its Spring 2013 Brooklyn General Meeting. Join us at the Silent Barn, at 11 Stanwix Street, to get some help and support with your projects, and to meet other folks organizing for control of public land around NYC!
  • GreenThumb's annual Grow Together Conference is happening on March 23rd, from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse - Bronx, NY, 10451. We just found out that there will be simultaneous Spanish interpretation for our workshop!
  • The Just Food Conference will be held on March 29th and 30th, at the Food and Finance High School at 525 West 50th Street.

Please join NYCCGC's

"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.