Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Woodchips - Volunteers needed tomorrow.

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
Events being organized after planning meeting brainstormed some ideas:
  • Bring your own t-shirt - Aida, the artist that helped us create the mural will be helping out again with screenprinting of some of the characters from the mural - bring your own shirt and learn how to screenprint!
  • Textile Arts Center is working on a workshop for the day
  • Seedbombs by Clare!
  • Musical guests - if you play music or know of friends that would enjoy playing some acoustic music in the garden please contact
Woodchips party - Tomorrow! Thursday March 28, 2013 - Help needed! Even one hour would be greatly appreciated!!
We need any extra hands tomorrow morning to help get a delivery of woodchips into the lots. Please email or call to let us know you want to volunteer. Call 917.676.7819 or email for more details.

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!
Lots of hard work done this past weekend in the garden! Photos by Bisi and Sarah.
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:

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:
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

Kellen and Beyonce - Hive Happenings
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.

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!


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.
MARCH 29 and 30: The Just Food Conference will be held on March 29th and 30th, at the Food and Finance High School at 525 West 50th Street.

Green Thumb

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


GreenThumb Seed Giveaway

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Pick up vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb seeds for the upcoming season! For registered…
Location: GreenThumb Office , Manhattan
Cost: Free

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Grow to Learn Grant Writing & Garden Planning Workshop

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Need help applying for a Grow to Learn Mini-Grant? Attend a grant-writing and garden…
Location: GrowNYC Office, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Hattie Carthan Volunteer Recruitment Drive / Rebuilding from Sandy Community Workday

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
The Hattie Carthan community garden welcomes you to join us as we embark on rebuilding…
Location: Hattie Carthan Garden (in Magnolia Tree Earth Center), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Rebuilding From Sandy Community Workday at Hattie Carthan Community Garden

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
The Hattie Carthan community garden welcomes you to join us as we embark on rebuilding…
Location: Hattie Carthan Garden (in Magnolia Tree Earth Center), Brooklyn
Cost: Free
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.