Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Small Green Patch News - 10.24 - 10.31

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


I hope everyone had a great time at the party on Sunday! Check out some of the pictures taken of the Kids Mural and Harvest Party! If you have pictures you would like to share please email them to!

more pictures here

Group happenings:

A Small Green Patch:
Want to help us plan out next year? Please go here and simply check off a day/time in November that would work for you to meet and discuss a Plan A and Plan B of action.
We would like to meet in the neighborhood so if you have any specific places you want to meet please email with suggestions.
We are in need of help with all things Admininstrative - I need help with web, newsletter, planning meeting, community reachout, Tree Pit crew , coat drive and planning for the Fall Harvest party - please contact if you are interested. Members: Please take a moment to read the signs that were posted around the entrances of each space for your convenience! 
Feedback Farms:
Thanks so much for the great fall fest - it was really nice to catch up, eat some of the garden's bounty, and enjoy the beautiful weather with everyone. We pulled out the majority of our summer crops while listening to the beautiful music on Sunday. Stay tuned - we will be planting a two great crops that over-winter soon-  garlic and fava beans. We will send out an invite.
more pictures here

Kellen's Bees:
Lots of activity in the hive, with a nectar-gathering from blooming fall plants. Queen Beyonce's egg laying has slowed down to accommodate honey storage for winter. The bee population will start to decline now and through the winter until laying starts again in the spring.
Textile Arts Center:
It's the end of the season at the natural dye garden, but most of our flowers keep blooming. We started cropping out japanese indigo and did some dyeing experiments - so cool to see the green leaves transforming into the blue pigment! Keep posted for more activities in the garden soon. Textile Arts Center hours for this Fall season will be Monday 11AM-4PM (weather permiting).
more pictures here

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.  Email if you have questions.

Advisory Committee - We need you!:
Taking submissions - would you like to help plan next years garden? Please email if you are interested in participating in helping us create next years plan and plans for the rest of this season. The Advisory Group is open to anyone interested. We will make decisions on projects people propose, plan out next season and more.

ioby funds = $500 (total in progress after spending for party)
member funds due = $100
Composting info:
A Small Green Patch will be composting organic waste on-site and will start accepting compost drop-offs twice a week - Tuesdays from 6pm to dusk and Sundays from 1-4pm.  Come by with your compost, check out our newly built compost bins and visit the garden.
We would like to extend a big thank you to the Boerum Hill Association for awarding us one of their Greening grants and making this project possible. We would also like to thank Feedback Farms and A Small Green Patch volunteers for helping get the compost built and in working order!
Here is some information on what we can take:
Bring: fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, flowers and houseplants
Don't bring: meat, fish, dairy, fat, bones, coconuts, pet wastes, coal or charcoal, compostable plastics, pesticide treated materials
Avoid odors!  Store your food scraps in the freezer or refrigerator
Stay green! Keep scraps in a reusable container. We do not have trash bins where you can dispose of plastic bags in the garden
  • Remember - members can enter the garden anytime from the morning till dusk - bring your friends and spend some time outside! 
  • Join the google group for more in depth information and discussions!!forum/asmallgreenpatch
  • Reply to this email to be added to the calendar so you can add hours you would like to host, events or other important dates!
  • Garbage goes out on Mondays - we should pull the trash out after 6pm-7pm Monday nights
  • Water - there is water in the big garbage bin towards the front of the lots - this should always be filled but we can give lessons on how to get more if needed!
  • Purchases - We would like to ask that if you buy something you do not want other people to use to please make sure you label it with a sign "Please do not use". Ziplock baggies can be tacked or taped onto the area or materials
  • Windowboxes - if there is a red or orange stick in it someone owns that box! If there is a green or blue stick.. replant the plants already there and then use the soil/compost mix to plant anything you want!! Make sure to put a red or orange stick in it to let everyone know you've claimed your widowboxes.
A Small Green Patch - Special thanks to everyone.. all of you!