Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Small Green Patch News - Snow - Planning Meetings Feb 9 & 13

February Planning Meetings - FEB 9 & FEB 13

Winter Compost droppoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm (weather permitting)

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

A Small Green Patch:
Happy Thursday! Due to the storm and depending on what the day looks like on Saturday compost dropoff may be cancelled - please feel free to email to check on whether the compost team will be attending the bin Saturday! If you have a key and want to brave the snow and help shovel please feel free to head on over!

We need help shoveling snow the next few days - we have a shovel right inside the shed and there is also a bag of salt near the community lot's door - if you can commit to a certain time and day to shovel please email and rsvp for the big winter spectacular Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

February Planning Meetings - FEB 9 & FEB 13
We will meet again at the Textile Arts Center to discuss the next upcoming months. We welcome anyone that is interested to come participate!
FEB 9 @ 1pm - Textile Arts Center
FEB 13 @ 8pm - Textile Arts Center

Organizational Structure: We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:
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

Feedback Farms:
Cliff Kaplan, who apprenticed with us last summer, presented at University of Texas-Austin’s conference, Food, the City and Innovation His panel addressed the question -  What will our urban food map of the future look like? Cliff used his experience at Feedback Farms and with NYC’s rapidly expanding and changing urban garden community to pose some possible answers. He did a great job and people were really excited to hear about all the activity! Find out more about what we are up to and how to get involved:

Kellen and Beyonce
Checked up on the bees during last weekend’s warm spell. They were active and I saw plenty of honey stores in the hive as well. 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.
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:
Whether you are 5 or 85, a designer, an artist, or student, there is something for you at TAC. Stop by one 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!

Prospect Park Alliance:
This Valentine's Day, give a gift that shows your love for your Valentine - a gift that will not only make them feel good, but will also help restore the Park after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Dedicate a tree for as little as $75. You can start by planting a sapling for a tax deductible contribution of just $75. With each gift, a special certificate will be sent to you or the gift recipient. For more information or to order, call (718) 965-8965, email, or click here

Gowanus Superfund meetings:
On Feb. 11 the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) will meet with the USEPA regarding the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean-up, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the PS 58 Auditorium, 330 Smith Street, Brooklyn. Members of the public are welcome: if you have questions for EPA, please send them to me by Friday, February 8. 

Feb. 6: CAG Outreach & Engagement Committee, 4:30 pm, 621 DeGraw Street.
Feb. 12: CAG WQ/Technical Committee, 6:30 pm, location TBD.  
Feb. 13: EPA PRAP public meeting, 6:30 pm, PS 15, 71 Sullivan Street in Red Hook.  
Feb. 26: CAG Monthly General Meeting, 6:30 pm, location TBD.  
Feb. 28: NYCDEP Long Term Control Plan Citywide Modeling Workshop, 6 pm - 8 pm, US Customs House Auditorium, 1 Bowling Green.  RSVP:
Park Slope Civic Council:
Fourth Avenue Safety Visioning Workshop
This workshop being organized by DOT, the Borough President, and the Task Force will focus on the avenue from Pacific Street to 15th Street. The goals of this meeting are to identify street safety concerns, gather input, discuss street design solutions, and discuss ways to improve Fourth Avenue.
when: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m. where: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 249 9th St. (in the Parish Hall, downstairs, enter on Fourth Avenue) Visit our website for details.  

Please join NYCCGC's
Planning meeting on Thursday January 23rd, 6 PM, Location TBA
"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.

News from the Brooklyn Community Foundation:
February 21st - Save the Date!
Next month, we're showing our love for Brooklyn with a new fundraiser, "Brooklyn Love". Join us at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights for a one-of-a-kind party to benefit the Foundation's Arts for All Fund. Details to come!  
Willie Mae Rock Camp:
We are pleased to announce the dates for our summer camp sessions. Applications for all sessions will be posted on Tuesday February 12th at
We will offer two sessions of our Girls Rock! Camp for girls aged 8 - 18 this year, with new visiting performers, workshops, and program features alongside longtime favorite activities like band practice. 
July Session
July 29 - August 3
Blue School in lower Manhattan. 

August Session
August 19 - 24
Cathedral High School in midtown Manhattan.