Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In the news April 30, 2013! Tree's, Seeds, Blackboard Charades!

Please share the donation link and image - We've raised $465 so far!

The Community Garden is open any time the gate is open.
Planning Meetings - May 8 and May 10 @ the garden!

Compost dropoff - every Saturday 11am - 1pm

Kellen and Beyonce - Hive Happenings
New bees from Sweet Pines Apiary in Bohemia, Long Island were installed on Saturday morning.

A Small Green Patch:
The garden will be filled with trees and very busy this Saturday. The Boerum Hill Association and the YWCA are working together to sponsor this New York Restoration Project program and we will be hosting the give-away. If you are interested in a tree, go here to reserve your tree. If you are interested in volunteering  or helping out, email clares@gmail.com and Clare will put you in touch with the YWCA
We will be planting seeds this Saturday 11am - till we’re done! Saturday and Sunday we will be working on finishing up a few projects - stop on by to see if you can lend a hand! A group of members worked all weekend to set up the beds donated by Feedback Farms - we also finished the improvements to the 2nd raised bed and kicked the rat couple that was living below that bed out! A few members are unable to make it next weekend so they got an early start on planting some Kale, Snap Peas and Bush Beans. Our friend Michelle, from the Bears Garden, donated some sprouts on Sunday (Thank you!) Compost team - the compost team sifted and utilized all the great compost you have helped create by adding them to some of the community side beds - it’s amazing how beautiful the finished compost product looks! The compost also agreed that if you have been helping compost bring a bucket by to pick up a little for yourself!

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! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I0Vfh28TzlxxPO3QayBrcrBqEQ1omxfdwrS6cgqoH54/edit?usp=sharing
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:

Feedback Farms:
A CSA is a mutually beneficial partnership between a farm and its surrounding community. As a CSA, Feedback Farms relies on the local community for support and in return provides healthy, affordable produce, a direct connection to the food system, opportunities for education and engagement, and a chance to spend time on a working urban micro farm.
If you are interested in our working CSA share - 3 days a month for a June through September share of produce (including honey !) + you learn all we know about farming - send us an email at: info@feedbackfarms.com with the subject: 'working share'.

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:
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 www.textileartscenter.com/sewingseeds

Other local community meetings and events - if you know of any events or groups you would like to share with everyone email us at asmallgreenpatch@gmail.com

American Littoral Society

Help the American Littoral Society Restore Jamaica Bay!

We need volunteers to plant over 30 acres of salt marsh on Black Wall and Rulers Bar marsh islands.
In addition to improving water quality and protecting the salt marsh, the Marsh Restoration Initiative program preserves migratory stopover and breeding grounds for over 330 species of birds, preserves estuarine nursery and habitat for over 100 species of finfish, and improves the recreational environment for anglers, boaters, and community members. Salt marshes also help protect communities from dangerous tidal storm surges.The health of these marsh islands is critical to the well being of the 20 million people that live and work in this urban region.

Volunteers are needed to plant several acres of marshland. We will be traveling the short distance by boats and planting Spartina plugs.
Please sign up to volunteer! Bring neighbors, friends, families, even groups. We need all the help we can get!
We have 3 days planned. To register and for more information, click on the dates:
The salt marsh, shorelines, and upland areas in Jamaica Bay are disappearing at an estimated rate of 40 to 50 acres per year. Join us in the first ever community-led marsh restoration in a National Park.


NYC Community Garden Coalition:

NYCCGC - General Meeting 4/18
Our next general meeting will be Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E. 11th St.. Agenda will include report back from last month's decentralized meetings, legislative updates, forum planning/updates, and hearing from each other about what's happening in our city's gardens.

Brooklyn Community Gardeners Group

What is magical about sundials?
And…how do you make one that you can use in your school or youth garden?
Join the NYC Youth and School Garden Network https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/nyc-school-gardens and the Old Stone House http://sundialmagic.eventbrite.com/theoldstonehouse.org to learn the secrets of the sundial - the most reliable teller of time - so you can have your children/students do the same back at home/school. As you construct a durable sun-directed "watch", you delve into middle and high school mathematical principles that drive a sundial's function. And then discuss ways to integrate this learning task into other subject areas.
Designer and garden educator Ilona de Jongh <http://www.schoolgardenexperts.com> of Sprout by Design <http://www.sproutbydesign.com> leads this fun, creative, and practical workshop. Cost is $20.
TO REGISTER: http://sundialmagic.eventbrite.com/# http://sundialmagic.eventbrite.com

MAY 4th:
to join as models-wear spectacular Earth Celebrations costumes for "Procession of the Urban Gardens & Estuary" at  the NEW MUSEUM -IDEAS CITY Festival.
Earth Celebrations has been invited to join along with Manhattan Rickshaw for IDEAS CITY Festival at the NEW MUSEUM on Bowery with an ecological "Procession of the Urban Gardens and Estuary" featuring giants puppets and spectacular costumes highlighting the importance of the community gardens, river estuary, nature within the urban environment, and the efforts to restore and preserve these oases and habitats as integral part of city life.
Costume Dressing/Make-up: Meet 9am
Location: Sara D. Roosevelt Park bet Stanton and Rivington at Manhattan Rickshaw Booth #136 on Festival Map
Procession/Performance & Festival 11am-5pm
TO SIGN UP - email: mail@earthcelebrations.com

An Evening of Youth-Focused Climate Change Programming
Join the NYC Youth and School Garden Network and GROW to Learn to explore two powerful youth-focused climate change programs - The Alliance for Climate Education http://www.acespace.org and Rainforest Alliance- <http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/> that can benefit the work your students and you do around environmental teaching and learning.
DATE: Wednesday, May 8th
TIME: 5-7 PM
WHERE: GROW to Learn
51 Chambers Street, Room 228
New York, NY 10007
Room 1226
RSVP no later than April 5th to Michele at malamu@optimum.net