Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 2012 - Composter Z - Green Thumb FREE supplies pickup - Feedback Farms CSA Orientation

A Small Green Patch:
This Saturday a couple of members will be driving to Queens for the Green Thumb FREE supplies giveaway - we have room for one more person if you don’t mind sitting 3 in the front of a pickup truck and want to see the Green Thumb HQ in Queens. Sunday we will also be on location finishing up a vertical planter some members started to work on last weekend.

Feedback Farms CSA news! All summer long starting on June 1st, we’ll be having workdays at A Small Green Patch ( 348 Bergen) on Saturdays 11-4
Working Share Orientation:
Announcing the working share kickoff meetings! If you want to participate, please plan to attend: On Saturday, June 1st we’ll be meeting at 348 Bergen St. A Small Green Patch in Boerum Hill. Please email to let them you will be attending. Feedback Farms will go over the share program, schedule, answer questions and get people officially signed up.

Composting Tips from “Composter Z”
Paul stopped by a number of weeks ago and shared the new compost bucket filter method he started using. He and his family have been using an empty pretzel jar to gather their compost each week - it gets pretty smelly and there isn't enough room in the freezer so he updated his compost container with a charcoal filter - below are some pictures of how he cut the “aroma” out of composting!
Step 1 - eat a bunch of pretzels
Step 2 - poke holes in the top of the pretzel jar lid
Step 3 - buy a charcoal filter and cut it so it fits inside the lid of the empty pretzel jar
Step 4 - compost away!
Where can I get the charcoal filter at?
You can get a charcoal filter at most local hardware stores - if it’s too big just cut it to the shape of the top of your compost jar lid.. Here’s a link to one at Ace Hardware:

If anyone would like to bring their school or class into the garden for a tour or event please contact

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. Stop by the garden on Saturdays, from 2-4PM to learn more about the project and for some hands-on-gardening. Or learn more at
Another insider interview between two of our Artists in Residence. This time, Kate speaks to Eleanor Anderson as they lead up to their final crit for their exhibition Sept 17 at The Invisible Dog. (And don't forget the extended June 1 deadline for the 2013-14 cycle!)

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

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: with the subject: 'working share'.
All summer long starting on June 1st, we’ll be having workdays at A Small Green Patch ( 348 Bergen) on Saturdays 11-4 and MVG ( 636 Myrtle ) on Sundays 11-4.
Working Share Orientation:

We are happy to announce the working share kickoff meetings! If you want to participate, please plan to attend one of the following meetings: On Saturday, June 1st we’ll be meeting at 348 Bergen St. A Small Green Patch in Boerum Hill. On Tuesday June 4th we’ll be meeting at 5pm  at 636 Myrtle - MVG in Bed Stuy. Please email us to let us know which meeting you will be attending ( or both!). We’ll go over the share program, schedule, answer questions and get people officially signed up. Also, please come to our workday at MVG this Sunday if you can swing it!

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

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

596 Acres:

  • Chicago! An incredible exhibition is opening tomorrow at the Chicago Cultural Center- it's the second time we've been a part of "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good." Walk in any day of the week, the Chicago Cultural Center is always free, and it's right at the Northwest corner of Millenium Park. Tell your Chicago friends!
  • Bronx River Arts Center Exhibition - Friday, May 31 6-9pm is the opening for an exhibition put on by our friends at BRAC called Process and Progress 5: An Exhibition Where Artists, Designers and Community Engages with Systems of Urban Development in the Bronx and Beyond. Check out the event on Facebook. We'll see you there, with lots of Bronx maps and our organizing flow chart for you to take home.
  • Our Garden & Tea Party & Fundraiser on Sunday June 2nd at the Silent Barn is getting closer! Please join us to support our work and meet your fellow land access advocates in New York City. There will be tea, with or without whiskey! There will be dancing thanks to DJ James Mulry. Cucumber sandwiches. Pay what you can: $10 - $50. We'll also have the last few remaining copies of our book for sale, and some beautiful prints of our Brooklyn map. We like it when you RSVP: but come even if you don't get a chance to. And bring the rest of your garden community!
  • Finally - Our next Brooklyn General Meeting is scheduled for June 9th at Myrtle Village Green. The meeting will run from 3 - 4:30pm, and then we will be using the MVG facilities to have a workshop on composting presented by Jennifer Blackwell from the BBG, from 4:30 - 5:30pm.

Green Thumb:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

GreenThumb Summer Supply Giveaway 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Pick up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your registered GreenThumb garden.…
Location: GreenThumb Compound, Queens
Cost: Free

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is an edible gardening course designed to…
Location: Just Food Office, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Grow Your Garden Group 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Grow Your Garden Group Karen Washington, Just Food Trainer Since the weather is…
Location: Bushwick Campus Farm, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

School Garden Composting Workshop

5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Over the past few years, Columbia Secondary School students have played an integral role…
Location: Old Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Planting with Herbs

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Led by Sara Katz of Bronx Green-Up and Michelle Brown of Community Gardener Explore…
Location: Family Group Garden/latinos Unidos (in Latinos Unidos Garden), Bronx
Cost: Free

Brooklyn Community Gardeners Group
Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) community volunteer certification
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
September 2013 – January 2014
Free! Graduates volunteer 20 hours per year to maintain certification.
Deadline to apply: June 7, 2013
Are you called to garden with your community? The Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) program is an intensive, ten-session, "train-the-trainer" course. A series of interconnected workshops and hands-on site visits this fall covers the basics of sustainable horticultural practices and how to advocate for the creation and protection of community green space in the face of intense urban development.
BUG enrolls an intergenerational, multi-cultural mix of adults stemming from diverse economic and educational backgrounds who represent neighborhoods across Brooklyn. They bring with them varying levels of gardening expertise. From mid-September to early November, participants learn about sustainable horticultural practices as well as methods to engage people in community greening projects Working in teams of 4-5 students, BUGs also partner with selected, Brooklyn-based organizations to complete real-life projects.
To achieve certification, each BUG completes: the weekly required reading, approximately 35 hours of in-class coursework, team-project presentations, and 30 hours of project-based community service. Community project hours may extend into January of 2014 when the BUG candidates are expected to graduate. In-class time is designed to meet the needs of working people and is scheduled for eight Thursday evenings (6-9pm) and two weekend dates (to be determined). Project team members, along with their staff mentor, devise a workable community service schedule. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the resources to become part of a BBG BUG volunteer network to continue to assist community greening efforts throughout Brooklyn.
To learn more about this free course and to download an application, visit
For more information 718-623-7250.

The Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service
Organic Plant Sale: 2-4pm,
Our Go Green! High School Class grew tons of plants and wants to share them with you! The plants were all started from seed by the students and lovingly raised all spring. Tons of different vegetables and herbs available.
Volunteer Day: 10am-2pm,
You can come for the whole day or drop in. Please bring lunch, a water bottle and appropriate clothing. Please note no sandals or open toed shoes. Youth under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. If you would like to come with a group just drop us a line and let us know!

Free Workshop:  Management of Pests & Diseases 2-3:30pm,
Using organic preventative techniques can be essential to maintaining a thriving garden or farm. In this hands-on workshop we will discuss common garden pests, their life cycles, and how to manage them without using synthetic chemical that are hard on the natural ecosystem.
600 Kingston Ave between Rutland and Winthrop Ave.

462 Halsey Community Garden
Calling all Brooklyn kids age 7 to 12!
Do you like making cool things (like rockets and kites)? Do you like learning new stuff just for fun? Then come hang out with other kids like you!
Makers Unite NY meets at 462 Halsey Community Garden this Saturday (June 1st) at 2pm! The club is based around the website  where kids complete challenges to earn badges.
This month: we're making seed balls to beautify vacant lots in our neighborhood!
For more details, visit !

Prospect Park Volunteer Corps

These Weekend Volunteer Corps events occur on certain Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.  We work on sprucing up different areas of the park, weeding, raking, mulching, and generally cleaning up.  We can accommodate any kind of group ranging from just a few people to up to 40 volunteers.

The following events are open for group registration; please take a look and then fill out our NEW online group inquiry form on our website with the dates that work for you:
Saturday, June 15: Meet at Lincoln Road Entrance
Sunday, June 23: Meet at Park Circle
Saturday, July 6: Meet at Grand Army Plaza Entrance closest to the library
Sunday, July 14: Meet at Picnic House parking lot
Saturday, August 3: Meet at Parkside and Ocean Avenue Entrance
Sunday, August 11: Meet at the Wellhouse
Sunday, September 22: Meet at Lincoln Road Entrance
Sunday, November 17: Meet at Picnic House parking lot