Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Help us tidy up the lots!

April Planning Meetings - April 10th and 13th

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm

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

A Small Green Patch:
Save the date! Opening Party - April 14, 2013

Working day this Saturday! Please come on out Saturday morning 10am to help tidy up the lots. We will be working on cleaning out the back middle lot and taking down the temporary plywood boards used as a fence over the next couple of weekends.

New Garden Agenda can be viewed here - this will also be printed and hung in the garden shed so any members wondering what needs to be done can view and mark that they have completed any tasks or projects!

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:

Textile Arts Center:
We’ve have started preparing our Sewing Seeds Natural Dye Garden for its second season. We’ve been starting seedlings, planning garden layout, design labels, and planning our free educational programming for the Summer. Additionally, we’re proud to announce that we’ll be offering an artist residency, during the month of August, to an artist for the development of an outdoor art project, involving the Natural Dye Garden, natural dyes, and community interaction.
Learn more about the Garden Residency and other Sewing Seeds projects 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

Kellen and Beyonce (beeeeees!)
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.


Green Thumb
GreenThumb GrowTogether  - 8:30am to 4:00pm - Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hostos Community College 500 Grand Concourse - Bronx, NY 10451 - Click here to register.
You are invited on March 23 to join thousands of community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking and greening inspiration at the 29th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether!
GrowTogether 2013 will offer many workshops you may have missed out on in years’ past, like Bees & Beekeeping, Urban Chicken Keeping, and Basics of Community Organizing and will feature favorite workshops from past years, like Seniors Arts and Crafts and Improving your Soil Quality as well as exciting new topics, like A Farmer's Yoga and many hands on workshops for youth gardeners! Volunteer to help!
Help out our friends at GreenThumb and volunteer for the 29th Annual GrowTogether Conference! Volunteer opportunities include Spanish Interpretation and General Volunteer Help on the day of the event (3/23 all day). All volunteers must sign up in advance and will receive FREE admission to GrowTogether, breakfast, lunch, a T–shirt, and hopefully a fulfilling experience. Please contact Bianca Bockman ( for more information and to sign up.

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.
  • 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

NYCCGC Meetings
Once again, NYCCGC will be hosting three general meetings simultaneously in three boroughs. Come to whichever is most convenient for you. Invite your neighbors and fellow gardeners. This meeting is a great opportunity to meet fellow gardeners and discuss common issues. We'll also be giving legislative updates, membership updates, and, of course, talking about our upcoming forum.
Berger Jr. High School 
Brook Avenue btw 141 & 142 Street (enter on Brook Avenue)
Offices of Brooklyn Queens Land Trust 
677 Lafayette Avenue (at Marcy) 
G train to Bedford Nostrand or #38 bus
Neighborhood Preservation Center 
232 E. 11th Street
"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.