Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bumper crop of cucumbers! Tomatoes ripening and meetings at new location.

A Small Green Patch:
Meeting at 503 President Street
Tuesday - August 20 @ 7:00pm
Saturday - August 24 @ 1:00pm

This Saturday and Sunday:
Please stop by the community side this weekend and help harvest the Kale, Collard Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and eggplants that are ready to be picked!

Textile Arts Center will have another FREE public workshop demonstrating backpack weaving and more - please stop by for the workshop this Saturday and every Saturday in August at 2pm. All Sewing Seeds workshops take place in the Natural Dye Garden (on Bergen St x 4th Avenue) and are all ages, free and open to all. First come first served. Please RSVP to with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Meeting at 503 President Street - Tuesday - August 20 @ 7:00pm and Saturday - August 24 @ 1:00pm to organize the new space.

We need your help!
- need help telling the neighborhood we are moving
- need help raising more funds
- need help continuing newsletter - any kid reporters out there?

Textile Arts Center:
Our Natural Dye Garden is in full bloom -- come check it out! We’re also hosting FREE workshops in the garden during August and September, including bundle dyeing, indigo dyeing, bookmaking and more goodness. And make sure you come check out the work of the first Sewing Seeds Artist in Residency, Neil Goss. More info on  Sewing Seeds workshops/events in the garden at

Feedback Farms:
The farm season is in full swing! Some of the new crops that we are experimenting with are starting to produce, including the okra and the tomatillos. We are planning a fall cropping workshop so keep an eye out for that and we will also be helping to plan an end of season pot-luck! To get involved with Feedback Farms, visit our facebook page or email

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

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.

Have questions? Email or call 917.676.7819 anytime.