Friday, June 14, 2013

Composting fun Saturday and Deisi's Empanadas Sunday!

Please share the donation link - we have $755 raised so far!

A Small Green Patch:
Group & Individual Member Fees: Please go to our ioby project to pay this seasons dues here: Your annual member fees help us buy supplies, hold workshops, throw events and more.

This Saturday the compost team will be taking your compost! This Sunday Caleigh will be passing out Deisi’s Empanadas for a special Father’s Day treat from 2-4pm.
We need your opinion!! ioby has been asked to share some community building results of projects to contribute to the public discussion of neighborhood resilience, and has selected A Small Green Patch, St. Lydia's, Textile Arts Center and FEEDBack Farms as a small group of projects to pilot this research. Please take 2 minutes to answer 6 multiple choice questions. It's easy and helps them a lot! They are grateful to you already!
Fill out the 6 question survey here:
Who is ioby? A Small Green Patch has a project set up on to raise money for the gardens supplies, events and more. ioby also provides the garden with insurance and is a big reason we were able to access the lots in DEC 2012.

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

Kellen and Beyonce - Hive Happenings
The main "honey flow" begins in June, which means flowers are blooming and the weather is nice enough for the bees to begin bringing nectar to the hive. Bees will use a wide variety of plants for honey forage, visiting up to 40 flowers per minute. In the vegetable garden they'll find the blossoms of cucumbers, peppers and squash especially attractive. The queen, who has been laying working bees at a high rate through April and May, will slow down a bit as the hive changes gears toward honey production.
Here's a quick guide to what you seen on the outside of the hive. Our hive is in the "Langstroth" design, which has been in use by beekeepers since the 1850s. Click here to see the parts of our hive labeled:
  • Hive stand: The hive boxes sit atop a pallet and several cinder blocks. This helps keep pests out and allows for air to circulate, keeping the bees cool and dry.
  • Screened bottom board: The bottom of the hive is a wooden frame with screen in the middle. The screen allows for better ventilation.
  • Hive entrance: The enter and exit from a small space between the bottom board and the bottom brood chamber. It is facing away from us in the photo.
  • Brood chambers: Each of these three boxes contains 10 movable sections of honeycomb, called "frames." This is where the queen lays her eggs and where the bees store honey and pollen.   
  • Inner cover: The hive has a wooden top cover with a small hole for ventilation.
  • Telescoping outer cover: The hive cover is the "roof" of the bee house. It protects the top of the hive and keeps out wind and rain.

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
Sewing Seeds is proud to introduce the Garden Residency this season. The Garden Residency will grant one artist or designer the opportunity to develop an art project for the Natural Dye garden during the month of August. The Natural Dye garden is located on Bergen Street, in a previously abandoned lot, occupying 800 square feet with a variety of dyeing plants. The Natural Dye garden is a community space, open for all, that acts simultaneously as a resource for information on natural dyes and as a leisure space. The Garden will host the Residency and serve both as working space and exhibition venue.
We encourage artists and designers to submit projects proposals that integrate the garden space, Sewing Seeds mission, natural dyes, and promote community engagement and interactivity.

Feedback Farms:
We had our CSA working share orientations last week - it’s going to be a great team of gardeners and we are really looking forward to it! We have five members from A Small Green Patch and eight from the garden that hosts our other location, Myrtle Village Green and then a couple of people from 596 acres. The exciting news of the week is that the hakurei turnips and ready and the garlic is getting scapes!

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. We host open volunteer hours every Sunday from 2 PM to 5 PM (unless it’s raining); all are welcome! If you are interested in learning more about St. Lydia's or about the Enough for Everyone Garden, please visit our facebook page 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:
Thursday, June 25: Privately Owned Vacant Lot Network Meeting - Are you working on getting access to a PRIVATELY OWNED lot in your neighborhood? Have access already and want to share your success stories and strategize about how to stabilize your land stewardship? Curious about land trusts and tax liens and other fun things? Are you a private landowner who has loaned their land to the community? Would you like to?  Join us for a networking session Thursday, June 25th at 6:30pm (16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor)!  Bring a drink or a snack if your are inspired and the address or block/lot number of the lot in your life.

Gowanus Studio Space:
WORKSHOPS  -Overview
Gowanus Studio Space has exciting workshops coming up including Bookmaking, Intro to Woodshop and Collagraphs printmaking!   Find out more here:

Intro to Wood Shop with Jason Pickens
Saturday 6/22, 10am-6pm with 1 hour break $195 ; $95 for members
Come learn about using the woodshop at Gowanus Studio Space.  You’ll learn from Jason Pickens, our talented furniture designer and fabricator.
Sign up here:
Collagraphs with Noah Breuer
4 Mondays 7/1-22, 7-10pm $195; $145 for members
A Collagraph is a collage-based way of creating an image for printmaking. Collage materials are glued to a rigid substrate (such as mat board or wood) then varnished and sealed to create a printing plate. This plate (or matrix) can then make many impressions using both relief and intaglio printing methods.  Sign up here:
WORKSHOPS -Facebook Links
@GowanusSS has SUMMER WORKSHOPS in Bookmaking, Woodshop and Collagraph Printmaking!

Green Thumb:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Poppa and Momma Jones Historic Garden: June Sustainable Crafts Event

10:00 a.m.
Please join the garden for a craft event for all ages. Community residents and…
Location: Poppa & Momma Jones Historical Garden, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

The Hattie Carthan 9th Annual Food Heritage Festival: Foods from the African Diaspora

12:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
One of the most interesting things about the food of the African diaspora is how closely it…
Location: Hattie Carthan Garden (in Magnolia Tree Earth Center), Brooklyn
Cost: Meat Plate $ 8 – 3 choices of meat, Vegetarian Plate $6, Home made pies $1.50, Sorrel Drink $1, Roast corn $2, Sage Sausages $2,Chicken foot Soup $3 bowl

Opening Day at Padre Plaza Success Community Garden

2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Please join the Padre Plaza Success Community Garden on there opening day extravaganza…
Location: Padre Plaza, Success Garden (in Padre Plaza), 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.

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