Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Planning Meeting Saturday - Seedlings!

March Planning Meetings - MAR 16 - Saturday 1pm

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm


The Community Garden is open any time the gate is open.
photo by Morgan

A Small Green Patch:
Planning meeting this Saturday at 1pm - See you all at the Textile Arts Center on Carroll Street btwn 4th and 3rd Avenue. Sprouts are upon us! Thanks to Morgan for tending to them as they germinate.

Save The Date! April 14, 2013 -
for our annual Garden Opening Party. Tshirts, Seedbombs and a lot more fun activities are being planned - email asmallgreenpatch@gmail.com to ask how you can help prep for the party!

Help support Green Thumb - they need your voices and support.
Green Thumb has helped the garden and many, many other community gardens acting as liason to the city agencies that help bring us soil, wood chips, compost, shovels, tools and more supplies (hydrant wrench too!) Please support them at this City Council meeting if you can!

You are all invited to come join us and NYC Parks at 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
This Friday, March 15, 2013 about 930am.
FYI...If you plan to testify, remember to ask the City Council to allocate money for GreenThumb.
Bring your families, some friends, colleagues and co-workers in support of GreenThumb.
Be polite and respectful knowing others are still at work and going about taking care of their business. THIS IS NOT a demonstration but a Show of Support for GreenThumb.

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 asmallgreenpatch@gmail.com

Organizational Structure: We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xbcoY8Xd9rS10i7dQ9LuXR0U_WLgQxOjk0kgz29NI0U/pub



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! www.feedbackfarms.com

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 stlydias.org or email Rachel Pollak at rachel@stlydias.org.



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.



UPCOMING LOCAL MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

Green Thumb
Help support Green Thumb - they need your voices and support.
Green Thumb has helped the garden and many, many other community gardens acting as liason to the city agencies that help bring us soil, wood chips, compost, shovels, tools and more supplies (hydrant wrench too!) Please support them at this City Council meeting if you can!

You are all invited to come join us and NYC Parks at 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
This Friday, March 15, 2013 about 930am.
FYI...If you plan to testify, remember to ask the City Council to allocate money for GreenThumb.
Bring your families, some friends, colleagues and co-workers in support of GreenThumb.
Be polite and respectful knowing others are still at work and going about taking care of their business. THIS IS NOT a demonstration but a Show of Support for GreenThumb.

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! http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/news.html?news_id=220%29%21
  • 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.