Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Save the Date - Opening Party!

April Planning Meetings - April 10th and 13th

Opening Party April 14th - Come celebrate!

Compost dropoff - 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! (tentative)
  • 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

A number of members helped move all of the a-frames along the building side of the community lot this past week. We also were given woodchips and there is a fresh layer on the front half of the garden. This weekend we will try focus on some tree trimming to let the sun in and more.

Working day this Saturday and Sunday! More clean up happening this Saturday and Sunday. Come to the lots around 11am. If no one is there you can check the tasks list on the inside door of the shed or check out what the garden needs help with at the link below!

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:

Feedback Farms:
Feedback Farms has been starting lots of seeds in preparation for the coming season. We will have at least 15 varieties of tomatoes and a dozen varieties of peppers this year, along with lots of other things. We will be in the garden this weekend cleaning up the beds in preparation for these rapidly growing seedlings.

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.



596 Acres info!
Come to the Far Rockaway Library on this Saturday, April 6th, at 2pm for a 596 Acres organizing meeting and a screening of the documentary Soul Food Junkies. Learn how to work to support community-based recovery in the Rockaways, how to find the lot in your life and gain access to public vacant land, meet other gardeners and organizers, and find out about projects happening in your community! Here's the Facebook invite. Free MapPLUTO! Check out this article in New York World, and this blog post by Steven Romalewski, Director of CUNY Mapping Service, about MapPLUTO - a city data tool that the Department of Planning keeps hostage. Contact us if you want to help release it from bondage!  
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks starting April 24, 2013. Please send a resume, a letter of interest and a photograph of the place in your neighborhood that you are most curious about. Application due by 11:59p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 with the subject 'Spring 2013 Intern Application.'

Join us at our Manhattan General Meeting on Sunday, April 14th, from 3-5pm. Get help and support for your projects, meet other folks who are organizing to gain access to land, and pick up some seeds! Give us an RSVP so we can plan for

Want to spend a Saturday celebrating worms and composting with your kids? On April 21st, from 10am-2pm, GreenThumb is hosting Worm Fest at the South Brooklyn Children's Garden. 

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

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Garden Lessons with The Horticultural Society of New York

5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Are you ready for Spring in the Garden?  Join us for a hands-on look at how to…
Location: The Horticultural Society of New York, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Saturday, April 13, 2013


How to Build a 3-Bin Compost System

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Get ready for hands-on learning! We will construct a 3-Bin Compost System and learn the…
Location: 176th St Community Garden, Bronx
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.