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                                 THE OPEN SPACE GALLERY PROJECT

The mission of the Open Space Gallery Project is to promote the creation of art by garden members and visitors. It explores the diversity of our Garden Community in images and encourages the interaction of diverse ethnic and social groups.

 

The Open Space Gallery exhibits photography on fences, easels in garden plots and other structures in May at the Spring Festival  and at Fall Celebration in October.   

 

Long-term goal  of the program is to create a thriving community of artists at 6/15 GREEN.

 

Project has been funded by NYSCA administered by Brooklyn Council of the Arts, Inc.(BAC) in years 2003/2006, and sponsored in part by Neighbors Helping Neighbors,Inc., Optimum Design Inc., Exhibition Prints, Inc., and Streets are Saying Things, Inc.

 


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                               GALLERY WORK PROJECTS SPRING 2018 

-STUCTURE CHANGES OF CHILDREN'S GARDEN                         

-TRELLIS TO BE ADDED TO RASPBERRY PATCH                                   

-REMODEL BENEFICIAL INSECT HOTEL

 

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         NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS                               IN THE NEWS 

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POSTED MAY 18, 2018

Gardens in the News

About Us - New York City Community Garden Coalition

Founded in 1996, New York City Community Garden Coalition's mission is to promote the                                                           preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy,                                                               and grassroots organizing. www.nyccgc.org

 

 

Catch up on the latest about community gardens in the news in our media round-up!

Scroll for On the Radar, Community News, and Garden Stories.

Upcoming Event

Saturday, May 12th, 11am - 6pm - ECOLOGICAL CITY – Procession for Climate Solutions 
Earth Celebrations’ ECOLOGICAL CITY, a climate action, ecological urban pilgrimage and                                                          performance art event - features a spectacular 6 hour procession featuring visual art, giant                                                                puppets and costumes with 20 site performances of dance, music, theater and poetry                                                                              celebrating sustainability solutions throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and                                                                        East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City.

On the Radar

Historic Weeksville willow tree threatened by developers 
"[A]ctivists who have been trying to save the 70-plus-year-old tree now believe they have                                                                               lost the fight." 
Brooklyn Eagle, 5/8/18 
Related: 
Historic Brooklyn Tree To Be Cut Down By Developers: Activists, Patch

Homes Or Gardens? Developers And Urban Farmers Grapple Over Vacant Land 
"Karen Washington, an urban agriculture activist in the Bronx...
NPR, 4/28/18

Cuomo touts $1.4B in new Brooklyn projects 
"The initiative includes 3,000 units of subsidized housing at 11 sites... 
NY Post, 4/26/18 
Related: 
Cuomo Launches Phase Two Of $1.4B Vital Brooklyn Initiative, Kings County Politics 
Vital Brooklyn funding initiative outlined by Cuomo in Bed-Stuy, amNY

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica lacking healthy food options: Report 
"Jamaica had 40 vacant lots, Jackson Heights had seven and Corona had eight,..                                                                              " 
Times Ledger, 4/13/18 
Related: 
Fresh Produce Scarce In These Queens 'Food Swamps,' Study Finds,

Patch 
Report points out certain Queens neighborhoods as ‘food swamps’ for having unhealthy                                                                             meal options, Qns.com

City Council program lets you choose what public projects to fund in your neighborhood 
"That park near your apartment in need of a little TLC; a city-owned vacant lot... 
amNY, 4/13/18 
Related: 
North Shore residents: Which projects should win funding?, Staten Island Advance 
Constantinides Casts His Participatory Budgeting Ballot, Queens Gazette 
Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items Revealed, 5 Options in Woodside/Sunnyside,                                                                                         Sunnyside Post 
PB District 39 Project Expo: Self-Defense Workshops For Muslim Women, Fitness Area For Seniors, Saving Endangered Bats & More, Bklyner

NYSUM suit is in a ‘holding pattern’ 
"The tenants in October alleged DeArruda and other NYSUM officials have tried to                                                                               intimidate them out of the building... 
Queens Chronicle, 4/5/18

Battle Sprouts at Risse Street Garden 
"Elizabeth Carson’s relentless crusade for garden governance (she’s collected nearly                                                                          40,000 signatures in a petition supporting her right to keep her garden beds) ...” 
Norwood News, 3/28/18

Can we green cities without causing gentrification? 
"In neighborhoods where gentrification already has begun, a new park or farmers market can                                                               exacerbate the problem by making the area even more attractive to potential gentrifiers... 
GreenBiz, 3/26/18

Save Our Sunlight: Protesters Rally Against Alloy’s Shadow-Casting Towers 
"Along with 'dwarfing and blocking the view of Brooklyn’s beloved, landmarked Williamsburg                                                               Savings Bank building,' the two proposed towers would also...cast 'enormous shadows over                                                                           the neighborhood,...i
Bklyner, 3/26/18 
Related: 
Controversial Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper Project Gains Support, Jewish Voice 
Pro-Development Groups Push for Boerum Hill Towers, as Brooklyn Neighbors Fight Back,                                                                          Commercial Observer 
‘Too Tall! Too Close! Too Much!,’ Say Opponents Of 80 Flatbush, Brklyner 
Inside the Battle over the Megaproject at 80 Flatbush, The Bridge 
High-rise development threatens future of Brooklyn community garden, Pix11

Can Downtown Far Rockaway Model Development Without Displacement? 
"Allison Jeffrey, a homeowner who lives adjacent to the rezoning area, lead a campaign 
City Limits, 3/22/18

True Sustainability Must Include Social Justice Along With Environmental Protection 
"Building community resilience also means supporting and strengthening community infrastructure                                                                 such as neighborhood associations, churches, schools, day cares, senior centers, community gardens...                                                 
AlterNet, 3/21/18

Community News

Request for community gardens and pleas for protected bike lanes at Sunnyside community board meeting 
"Katherine McTigue, the New Roots program manager at the International Rescue                                                                                Committee (IRC) presented a proposal for community gardens to be built in two 'underutilized                                                                  triangles' by the 69th Street overpass above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway." 
Qns.com, 5/8/18 
City Plans on Licensing Out Land in Woodside For Small Community Gardens, Sunnyside Post

Get A Free Tree At This Jamaica Community Garden Celebration 
"Jamaica's Discovery Community Garden, located at 108-56 Union Hall St., will host the inaugural                                                                event of Greenthumb's 40th gardening season with a community tree giveaway and plant sale from                                                          11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, NYC Parks said." 
Patch, 5/8/18

It’s Lower East Side History Month; Here’s this Weekend’s Schedule 
"Join The Good Old Lower East Side as they cover historic and current aspects of climate resilience,                                                              disaster preparedness and community-based energy solutions in the Lower East Side. Topics                                                          covered during the tours include the impact of Superstorm Sandy, the history of the land, the power                                                            of community gardens from their inception till now, community victories against Con Edison that                                                        changed legislation, and more!" 
Bowery Boogie, 5/3/18

It’s In Queens! (May 3 to May 9) 
"May 5, Tree Giveaway, 11 am to 1 pm. The New York Restoration Project offers free trees                                                                          to those who agree to plant in one of the five boroughs...
Queens Gazette, 5/2/18

Friends Of Pel Pkwy Build Garden 
"Friends of Pelham Parkway and local volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help build their                                                              Community Flower Garden on Saturday, April 14 between Pelham Parkway North and Wallace Avenue." 
Bronx Times, 5/1/18

Volunteers To Fix Brownsville Homes For Free 
"About 200 volunteers will give spruce up four homes, along with community gardens and playgrounds." 
Patch, 4/27/18 
Related: 
Brownsville Got Spring-Ready During Neighborhood Rebuilding Day, Bk Reader 
Rebuilding Together NYC brings much-needed repairs, happiness to 81-year-old Brooklyn resident,                                                       Daily News

Canarsie’s Wyckoff House hosts tree giveaway for Earth Day 
"The people receive the free trees on the condition that they agree to plant them... 
Brooklyn Daily, 4/25/18

These NYC Farms Are Growing More Than Food 
"The farms yielded about 20,000 pounds of produce last year, Chancey said — all of which went                                                          straight to NYCHA tenants. ..
Patch, 4/22/18

Getting in step with Earth Day at Spring Awakening! parade 
"Kids and parents gathered at Green Oasis community garden on E. Eighth St. to fashion costumes ...                                                      
The Villager, 4/20/18

Upper West Side Community Garden To Hold Annual Tulip Festival 
"The West Side Community Garden's annual Tulip Festival is set to kick off Saturday, April 21." 
Patch, 4/19/18

Seeds Planted for Rooftop Gardens to Feed Midtown Needs 
"Can a freshly grown tomato help with homelessness? Ask John Mudd and Andrea Winter, and the                                                     answer is a resounding 'Yes.' ...
Chelsea Now, 4/18/18

Living Lots map helps New Yorkers transform vacant land into community spaces 
"[I]f the lot you’ve found is managed by HPD, you may still be able to advocate...                                                              

  

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TRUST FOR  PUBLIC LAND   www.tpl.org 

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AMERICAN COMMUNITY GARDENING ASSOCIATION  www.communitygarden.org

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BROOKLYN FOOD COALITION   www.brooklynfoodcoalition.org

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NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY GARDEN COALITION   www.nyccgc.org

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DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT?

CONTACT:  IOBY.ORG    info@ioby.org or CALL  917-464-4515

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GREEN THUMB   www.greenthumbnyc.org

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THE BUSHWICK CAMPUS FARM & GREENHOUSE, FARM IN THE SKY at Fire Proof East and BUSHWICK FARMERS' MARKET

Bushwick  Farmers' Market Green Machine will be a model of sustainability, running on waste vegetable oil and solar power.

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CITIZENS COMMITTEE NEW YORK CITY

CLICK BELOW FOR DETAILS FOR GRANTS AND WORKSHOPS!

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CURIOSITY SEEKERS!                                                                                                                 

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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES----ROLLING BASIS

Fund for Public Health in New York:

Apply for a grant to help generate community participation in

Take Care NY Community Consultation events, which is part of the strategic health agenda focusing on achieving health equity and creating healthy communities. 

Organizations that have a strong community base in the neighborhoods where the Community Consultations will be taking place may be eligible to receive funds in the amount of $1,000 - $10,000 to conduct outreach and raise resident awareness and participation in the events.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.  

 

www.citizensnyc.org   |   info@citizensnyc.org   |   212.989.0909          ________________________________________________________________________________________________

 THE WORLD WE WANT FOUNDATION: 

The World We Want Foundation promotes and supports Young Global Citizens making positive social change in their communities and around the world.  

We believe that Young Global Citizens have the passion, talent, determination, and power to create positive social change when given the resources to help them address societal and environmental challenges. 

They offer micro grants of $500-$5,000. 

 APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS. 

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NEW YORK COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES.:

Have a public program idea you want to strengthen?  

Looking to start or expand a collaboration with other groups in your community?  

Apply for a $1,500 Planning Grant.  

These quick grants support the preparation of humanities-based public programs, such as working with advisors, developing community-wide initiatives, and creating interpretive plans.

Eligible groups must either be nonprofits or working with a NYS based fiscal sponsor.                                                                                                      

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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AWESOME FOUNDATION GRANTS:

THE AWESOME FOUNDATION awards grants of $1,000 monthly to "awesome" projects.  

If you or your community group has a great idea, apply for a grant.                

 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON THE LAST DAY OF EVERY MONTH.  

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POLLINATION PROJECT: 

THE POLLINATION PROJECT  encourages applications from people who can envision and lead projects that have the potential to grow, blossom and truly change the world. They want to fund the tangible stuff you need to send your project off on a path for success!

GRANTS OF $1,000.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL OPPORTUNITIES

 FRUIT TREE PLANTING FOUNDATION:

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation strategically donates orchards where the
harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as
community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, and low-income
neighborhoods. Orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to
care for their trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.  

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LET'S MOVE!   SALAD BARS TO SHCOOL: 

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public healtheffort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and nationalevel to support salad bars in schools.

 Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply to receive a salad bar for their school. 

 APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.  

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NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT:

 NYRP's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces.NYRP lends materials, muscle and expertise to communities.

 See the website for more details.  

 APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.

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GARDENS FOR THE CITY:

Is there a community space in your neighborhood you’d like to see transformed?

If so, apply for help from New York Restoration Project. NYRP provide support for project of various scales—from building a few vegetables beds to large-scale restoration work.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS. 

 www.citizensnyc.org/   

Gardens for the City: 

Is there a community space in your neighborhood you’d like to see transformed? If so, apply for help from New York Restoration Project. NYRP provide support for project of various scales—from building a few vegetables beds to large-scale restoration work.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.              

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2018 Neighborhood Grant Application Review

Our next Neighborhood Grant cycle will begin in January 2018.

Click here to see our grants timeline.

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 Cornell Small Farms Program - Guide to Urban Farming

Farming in an urban area?  You'll want to check out the newly renovated Guide to Urban Farming from the Cornell Small Farms Program.

GreenThumb Urban Gardener Profile

Gioya Desouza-Fennelly has been gardening for over 20 years in New York City, first at Penny Harvest Garden and now in a plot at Columbia University, Manhattan.

The garden plays a central role in the neighborhood, bringing together different generations into a common green space.

You can find the storyhere!

 If you'd like to have your story profiled please fill out our Urban Gardener Profile form and we will be in touch with you –Urban Gardener Profile.

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Apply to Farm School NYC Certificate Programs

Want to learn how to grow food sustainably in an urban environment? Interested in becoming a leader in NYC's food justice movement?

Apply to Farm School's Certificate Programs in Urban Agriculture, which nurture social justice leaders and urban farmers who seek to advocate for food justice in NYC. Participants will deepen their understanding through a variety of courses, hands-on training, and apprenticeships, while building strong networks to become more effective community leaders. The comprehensive curriculum covers sustainability and food justice issues, urban planting techniques, crop management, plant health and grassroots community organizing.

Certificate Programs Offered:

Farm School's Certificate in Urban Agriculture 
Farm School's Accelerated Certificate in Urban Farming

Learn more about Farm School NYC by visiting us athttp://www.farmschoolnyc.org/ or at Farm School NYC on Facebook.

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Participatory Budgeting for Schools: 

PBP has developed a free Guide for you to give students a direct experience in civic engagement through Participatory Budgeting.

The Policing Project at NYU has launched an online public comment and questionnaire portal, available at www.nypdbodycameras.org for a limited time, to gather public comments, opinions, and concerns abotu the new body-worn camera program the NYPD is launching this fall. Please share the link with your networks and provide them with a meaningful opportunity to help shape policing policies before they become final.


PORTABLE TOILETS

GreenThumb has updated its policy on port-o-san rentals for registered community gardens.  Portable toilets are available for rental nine months per year only (March through November), and must be reserved and paid in advance during one of three Open Enrollment Periods in February, May and August.  Please contact your Outreach Coordinator for more information. 

Garden Signage 

All community gardens located on NYC Parks property will be receiving new signage this season. 

The current routed signs will be removed, and garden groups can retain them and hang them internally if they would like to keep them. 

GreenThumb Outreach Coordinators will be in contact with gardens in the coming months. 

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CRAFT Day at Friends of the High Line 
Green Council offers paid job opportunities for local youth aged 14-19 in urban gardening and food justice work. Green Council members learn about horticulture, and work alongside High Line Gardeners, collaborate with other youth on issues of food justice, and partner with organizations to care for green spaces. Once m

STEW-MAP is Live!
The STEW-MAP 2017 survey is now live!  STEW-MAP is a map and searchable database of stewardship groups designed to help understand and strengthen our civic capacity to take care of New York's neighborhoods. Your response and input helps support a vibrant, connected, and green NYC. 

Visit our website for more information about STEW-MAP, and contact stewmap.ufs@gmail.com with any questions.

City Parks Foundation
You can view a listing of grant opportunities and other resources on the City Parks Foundation website here.

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CITIZENS COMMITTEE NYC

Community Conversations Toolkits and Grants: 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS promotes thoughtful, engaged community dialogue, using a short text and a facilitator from the local community. 

Hosts of this program bring together members of a group, organization or neighborhood to join in a facilitated discussion of a short reading.  

Online toolkits are available for download according to topic and audience, on themes like democracy, friendship, and immigration.

 In addition, NYS tax-exempt organizations, including schools, are eligible to receive $200 from the Council for hosting a Community Conversation. 
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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES-CITIZENS COMMITTEE

Citizens Committee wants to learn more about quality of life issues that YOU think are most important in your community.

NYC Plaza Program:                                                                                                 

DOT works with selected not-for-profit organizations to create neighborhood plazas throughout the City to transform underused streets into vibrant, social public spaces.

 Apply for a grant     

 FOR:   A NEW PLAZA IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 

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CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR NEW YORK CITY

Have an idea to improve your neighborhood?

We can help! We provide grants and know-how to resident-led projects in every corner of the city.
                                          PROJECT PLANNING ASSISTANCE 

Did you know that Citizens Committee offers Project Planning Assistance to grassroots groups?

We sit down with key members of your group to talk about a particular project or issue, share resources, brainstorm strategies, and create a plan together.

You don't need to be a Citizens Committee grantee to access this resource, simply fill out this form to give us some information about your group, and someone from Citizens Committee will contact you to set up a meeting.

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NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 

For more grant opportunities, check out our Neighborhood Resources list;

It includes a full list of grants available for different types of groups and projects.

Discretionary Funding from City Council: 

Applications are now open for discretionary funding from the City Council for organizations and community groups. 

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 Citizens Committee Grant Applications Now Open!

Do you work at an organization, school, library, or elected official's office and want to help us spread the word?

Get in touch with us and we can send outreach material. 

www.citizensnyc.org/

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ART IN THE PARK:

The Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant will support the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists for 10 designated parks.

The parks are highly visible, but underserved by cultural programming. Grants will be issued to 10 emerging artists with the most compelling public art proposals.

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CITIZENS COMMITTEE LENDING LIBRARY 

Did you know Citizens Committee has a loan library full of equipment for grassroots groups?

And thanks to the amazing platform myTurn, we FINALLY have a list of all the items we have to lend out!

Our items are available to grassroots groups (grantees and non-grantees) for their community projects and events.

Groups pick up and drop off equipment at our office, and can borrow items for up to a week at a time. 

Click here for a full list of our lending library items. 

See something you want to borrow? Contact us to reserve it: sbernards@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9578
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FOOD SPAN:

High School Food System Curriculum: 

FoodSpan, developed by Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Liveable Future, is a free, downloadable curriculum that provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.

Each of the 17 standards aligned lessons includes a warm up, main activity, reflection and options for extension for further inquiry.

Learn more about FoodSpan here.

Download the lesson plans here. 

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Eco Anchor Green Calendar:                                                                            Submit your event to the Eco Anchor calendar to share it with a wider audience of NYC green-oriented folks! 
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Check out Legal Aid Society's series of Know Your Rights videos and brochures

to help inform and educate New Yorkers about a number of legal matters including eviction, pre-arraignment and what to do when arrested     ___________________________________________________________________________________

Queens Arts Council Grants: 

Queens arts fund (qaf) offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the citizens of Queens. 

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Farm School Courses: 

Join Farm School NYC to learn about food justice, botany, carpentry, and more.

Farm school courses are taught by local experts and seek to train NYC residents in urban agriculture to inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues. 

Dates through the winter. 

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NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Join CITIZENS COMMITTEE for our Neighborhood Leadership Institute , a series of free, participatory workshops to build your community organizing skills.

Attend four workshops (including Basics of Community Organizing) and receive a Neighborhood Leadership Certificate.

RSVP to Imani atibrown@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9567.  

All workshops take place 11 AM - 3 PM in Mid-town Manhattan. 

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 GARDENERS SHARE THEIR STORIES...

CITIZENS COMMITTEE STORIES PROJECT:  PAMELA HARRIS  

Our oral history project has added a new story!

Listen to our interview with Pamela Harris of Coney Island Generation Gap, where she discusses growing up in Coney Island, youth organizing, and community development.

Her voice is added to the wall of other community organizers from around the city in this ongoing project to collect, honor, and share their stories. 

www.citizensnyc.org   |   info@citizensnyc.org   |   212.989.0909

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Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS:

Get The Lead Out

Before You Go Back to Your Urban Garden, Get The Lead Out 
Bedford+Bowery, 2/24/17

 

                                        www.nyccgc.org

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GREEN THUMB

BILL LO SASSO

-DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GREEN THUMB

  Carlos Martinez

GREEN THUMB 

NEW MAIN OFFICE:

100 Gold Street
Suite 3100 (3rd Floor)
New York, NY 10038

Tel. 212-602-5300
Fax 212-602-5334

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                   MILLION TREES TREE STEWARD

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 Become a Steward of a City Tree

Attend a Tree Stewardship Workshop and receive free training, tools and a Parks permit to work on street trees!

MillionTreesNYC and its partners regularly host stewardship workshops citywide.

Just check the community calendar for upcoming workshops near you.

You can also contact stewards@milliontreesnyc.org if you would like to host a workshop in your neighborhood.

Can't make a workshop?

DOWNLOAD:

the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Guide which outlines the proper steps to adopt and care for trees in your neighborhood.

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I' M YOURS    2018

BEFORE ATTENDING A TREE GIVEAWAY PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW:

Check:  www.nyrp.org/milliontreesnyc

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Citizen Pruners:                                                                                

Register for a training with Trees NY to become a citizen pruner and take  better care of streettrees in your neighborhood!

 Registration is open now for fall courses.

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 IN THE NEWS...

THIS SMALL FARMS PROGRAM publication consists of a series of fact sheets to guide farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe.

Topics include site contamination, soil renovation, rooftop farming, urban livestock, farming with neighbors, and much more! 

Click here to download the PDF, or here for the online version                                      IMG_6563.JPG

 HOW-TO  DIY 

BUILD, MAKE, CREATE, GROW & HARVEST...IN THE GARDEN

 HOW TO BUILD A RAISED BED

Check out Grow to Learn's new video of how to build a raised bed in your garden, and keep an eye out for more how to videos coming up!

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 HOW TO BUILD A RAINWATER SYSTEM:

Check out Grow NYC video.

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Get helpful gardening tips from the New York Botanical Garden 

through their online resources, from how to handle Japanese beetles, slugs, and mildew to soil care and composting.

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BEE HIVES IN YOUR GARDEN!

HIVE ALIVE!

Keep Hive Alive! Gardners stuck on Saving Bees 
The Villager, 12/15/16

Bee Hives in your garden!
Have you always wanted to have a bee hive in your garden producing fresh honey? 

nycbeekeeping.org is available as a resource for community gardens in NYC.  If you would like to start a new hive or get help harvesting, they can assist you in all of your beekeeping needs.

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BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:  

NYCBeekeepingFacebook@gmail.com.

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URBAN FARMS...

Farming Concrete

We're proud to announce the release of the third and final NYC Harvest Report from Farming Concrete, a grassroots science project to measure food production in community and school gardens in NYC. As we mention in the report:

One of our main goals with this project was to pilot a way for community gardeners to collect and use their own data. While this project focused on measuring food production, similar strategies could be used to quantify food scraps going into the compost pile, rainwater diverted from the sewer system, or the number of people interacting with the garden. We see Farming Concrete as a jumping-off point for answering these types of inquiries in a way that is respectful to the people who are asking and answering these questions.

 Read more and download a copy of the report here.

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NEW! GUIDE TO URBAN FARMING IN NEW YORK STATE 

Are you interested in or currently farming in a city?  Do you wonder how to access land, how to reclaim a contaminated site, how to maximize use of a small growing space, or how to most successfully target your urban market?  

 The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the release of our new "Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS".  The Guide answers these and many other common questions about farming in urban environments, and can help you launch, continue, or expand your urban farm business.

 

The 105-page resource guide contains fact-sheets on a myriad of topics, including tips for advocating for urban agriculture, engaging communities, dealing with contaminated soils, intensive growing techniques, urban composting, site security, urban livestock, direct marking options, accepting food stamps, grant and financial opportunities, and many more!  Also included is an appendix listing services and resources available from several urban farming organizations throughout New York State.

 Whether you’re looking to grow food on your roof top, keep chickens in your backyard, learn more about hydroponics or start an urban CSA, the "Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS" will provide or direct you to the information you need to know.

The Guide is available as a free download [PDF] or you may view individual fact sheets online (good for dial-up or band-width restricted users).                

Check it out at  http://nebeginningfarmers.org/publications/ 

For more small farm news and events

visit www.smallfarms.cornell.edu.    

For beginning farmer assistance, visit www.nebeginningfarmers.org 

 

Violet Stone

Cornell Small Farms Program

NY SARE Coordinator

607-255-9227

vws7@cornell.edu

www.smallfarms.cornell.edu

www.nebeginningfarmers.org

www.nesare.org

 

Received form:  Magali Regis

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RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN URBAN FARMING

RSVP here for the information sessions

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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

KCC URBAN FARM

KCC Urban Farm is a large, high production vegetable & herb farm at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY.

CONTACT:   718-368-5050!

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BOSWYCK FARMS

urban farm education, consulting, and design firm specializing in hydroponics.  Based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

For more Information or to schedule a farm visit, please go towww.boswyckfarms.org or

email info@boswyckfarms.org

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Earth Matter NY accepts and processes food scraps as part of the NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation. 

See   http://bit.ly/nycLORP for more info. 

volunteers@earthmatter.org and make sure that you are registered for the day.

EARTH MATTER COMPOSTING LEARNING CENTER

AT GOVERNORS ISLAND      www.earthmatter.org    

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GARDEN TIPS:

NOVEMBER GARDEN TIPS - GREEN THUMB  

  • Fall cleaning: Tidy up beds with dead foliage and other organics, add the material to the compost pile
  • Mulching: collect fallen leaves and other plant material and place at the base of trees and perennials
  • Clean & maintain tools: Clean, and brush the rust off of all metal tools with sandpaper and/or steel wool, apply WD-40 or white lithium grease to all joints and clean with a dry cloth

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SEPTEMBER GARDEN TIPS - GREEN THUMB  

  • Continue planting fall crops including but not limited to:  cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, chives, sugar snap peas, snow peas, arugula and chard
  • Continue harvesting:  garlic, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, chard, corn and so much more.  Remember to weigh and record your harvested produce.
  • Save seeds from harvested produce, remember to pick out your favorites to do this with – the babies will be like their delicious parents!
  • Deadhead (prune) all summer flowers that have wilted
  • Start looking for fall bulbs to plant in the coming months – a great one is New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project
  • Begin preparing your garden beds for an extended growing season.  Clear out space along the perimeter to make room for hoops or other support devices for row covers to be installed as the nights get cold.

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AUGUST GARDEN TIPS - GREEN THUMB  

August is typically the hottest and driest month of the gardening season, so make sure to keep plants hydrated. Continue water-wise practices such as watering before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. when its cooler, and mulch your water sensitive plants.

Planning Tips.  Now is the time to start to look for bulbs you can plant in the Fall and to pull out any bulbs you have stored for Fall planting.

Fall is a great time to plant woody perennials like trees or shrubs.  It’s a good idea to plan ahead as these plants will grow large and be in place for a long time.

Planting Tips.  Fill in gaps.  As some spring and summer plants begin to fade you will have a chance to fill in the spaces they make available with fall crops including cool crops like broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale and radishes. Provide these seedlings with shade if you can – it’s great if you can plant them on the north side of tall crops that will be harvested in mid-summer like tomatoes and corn.

Now is the time to sow seeds of late harvest root vegetables such as carrots, beets and turnips, these should be seeded directly into the ground.

Maintenance.   Check on your compost.  This is the time of year when the moisture level of your compost will be compromised.  When turning your compost, make sure to incorporate water into drier areas to maximize the rate of composition.  Covering open compost piles with brown materials like straw, wood shavings or leaves, is also a good way to maintain the moisture level.

Fertilize roses with organic fertilizer to encourage last new growth and hardening off before the frost.  Continue to fertilize annual vegetables and flowers in both raised beds and containers each month.

Harvest big producers regularly.  This is the time of year when cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, arugula, chard, green beans and basil, among many others, are thriving and should be harvested on an ongoing basis.  It’s good to have a harvest schedule so you don’t forget – particularly for crops like cucumbers, which can grow quite rapidly in a short period of time.

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JULY GARDENING TIPS - GREEN THUMB  

Water conservation strategies to keep your plants sufficiently hydrated and waste less water and energy:

  • Determine which plants are most important, and water them first.  Many plants do not need to be watered as frequently, examples include rosemary, lavender and peppers.
  •  Water plants early in the day through drip irrigation or a hand-held hose with shut-off nozzle.  Watering later in the day can result in as much as 90% of the water evaporating before it even gets to the plant’s roots!
  • ·Re-apply mulch to plantings to help conserve moisture.  Potential mulches include: cardboard, straw, leaves, sawdust (untreated) and wood mulch and these will keep the soil surface cooler and help plants thrive even on the hottest days.
    • Maintenance Tips

      Here are some strategies to keep you and your garden in full bloom through the heights of the growing season.

    • ·Garden early in the day and take frequent water breaks.  It’s a good idea to stay away from the noon – 3 p.m. hours as this is the hottest time of the day.  The earlier the better, but if your schedule does not allow it early evenings are also good – particularly for watering and weeding.

    • Continue to aerate and moisten compost pile to speed decomposition.  Compost piles tend to sag at this time of year as all the high nitrogen materials melt away in the heat which can lead to a lack of air flow through the pile.  Make sure you are turning at least once a week to make sure you get the most out of your pile this season.

    • Sow seeds of lettuce, kale, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and arugula.  The radishes, arugula and kale will be ready to harvest by early fall while the others will make excellent fall crops because they thrive in the cool weather.  Provide these seedlings with shade if you can – its great if you can plant them on the northside of tall crops that will be harvested in mid-summer like tomatoes and corn.

    • Propagate herbs from cuttings. Your basil, sage and rosemary can provide even more flavor and aroma to the garden if you spread their love around!  Cut at the growing tip 2-4 inches down, at a 45 degree angle. Plant in 4 inch pots and keep in moderate shade and evenly moist. Once established you can transplant these into a planting bed. 

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The Alliance for Climate Education 

 http://acespace.org/teachers/about-presentation

At the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), we believe that young people have the right to know about climate change – the science, the consequences and possible solutions.

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NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

NYCHA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & DEVELOPMENT

Department of Resident Engagement -

Garden GreeningProgram              Kathleen Thomas, Secretary    

                                                           1-212-306-3511

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 RANDALL'S ISLAND LEARNING GARDEN...

More info:www.learninggardenrandalls.wordpress.com

or www.randallsisland.org                                                                                                    IMG_6598.JPG

GARDEN PESTS SOLUTIONS...

 

Listed below are the PEST: followed by the possible solutions

SLUGS

a) Mix solution of baking yeast, sugar and water within tofu container (1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1 teaspoon for sugar, cup of water) place around area;

b) Ducks consume slugs;

c) Spread Diatomaceous earth around planting bed - causes irritation to slug extremities; [avoid inhaling, wear a mask, can irritate human lungs]

d) Provide habitats such as logs or rocks, after several days turn these objects over, they are prey for birds; 

e) Place crumbled egg shells in a ring formation around plants to obstruct movement... to much of an irratant;

f) Will not cross copper, place pennies around crops

g) Use beer and place in shallow Tupperware containers to attract and drown them.

 

APHIDS

a) lady bugs are a predator to this pest;

b) Create soapy water from Dawn (liquid soap). Use teaspoon of soap with water and place into spray bottle; spray on leaves enough to knock bugs off

c) Aphids attracted to the color yellow, obtain yellow sticky traps for catchment;

d) Ants prey upon aphids 

e) Plant herbs to attract beneficial insects

 

MOSQUITOES

a) drain all water sources;

b) Grow citronella plant as a natural herb avoidance;

c) Install a bat box since bats eat these peste;

d) Avoid wearing fragrance in the garden space since they are attracted to scent;

e) Eat more garlic in diet since they are repelled by the scent;

f) Wear Avon skin-so-soft as an alternative means for avoidance. 

 

RATS / MICE

a) Make sure to harvest food quickly;

b) Install a tumbler or enclosed bin for food scraps;

c) Encapsulate composting bins with wire mesh on ground level and surrounding the bin;

d) Place gravel where holes are present and stuff existing holes with steel wool and break up the entrance;

e) Call 311 and report issue, encourage community involvement of action for cleanliness;

f) Encourage compost food drops to occur during park hours; leaving food upon curbside is inappropriate - create sign detailing this message;

g) Use Hardware cloth (wire mesh) under palates or other systems and place bricks and gravel near front and side of unit so animals cannot dig into the compost pile

 

SQUASH VINE BORERS  (larvae of a moth)

a) Grow resistant hybrid type squash called Sweet Mama;

b) Split stem lengthwise with sharp knife and remove larvae, then bury vine itself;

c) Cover space with an agricultural fabric product called Remay, a porous substance for water and sunlight [then be sure to hand pollinate]

 

WHITE FLIES

a) Use yellow sticky traps.                                                                                    

b) Create or purchase an Insecticidal soap;

c) If flies are indoors, vacuum the adults away;

d) Use another species such as parasitic wasps to prey upon the white flies;

e) Create Garlic oil - chop up oil and soak into mineral oil add water and apply to surface, (experiment with ratios);

f) Plant herbs with beneficial effects

 

LEAF MINER LARVAE (Adults lay eggs upon leaf and larvae tunnel and eat leaf) this was found upon Swiss chard

a) Create a covering allowing sunlight and water to penetrate;

b) Install sticky traps 

 

Jon Crow - BrooklynCommunityGardenersGroup

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HEALTH & GARDENING

BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

The effortless attention of gardening may even help improve depression symptoms.  In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression, persistent low mood, or "bipolar II disorder" spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables.  After three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. What's more, their mood continued to be better three months after the gardening program ended.

The researchers suggest that the novelty of gardening may have been enough to jolt some of the participants out of their doldrums, but some experts have a much more radical explanation for how gardening might ease depression.  Christopher Lowry, Ph.D., an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been injecting mice with Mycobacterium vaccae, a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil, and has found that they increase the release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood -- much like serotonin-boosting antidepressant drugs do.  Digging in the dirt isn't the same as taking Prozac, of course, but Lowry argues that because humans evolved along with M. vaccae and a host of other friendly bugs, the relative lack of these "old friends" in our current environment has thrown our immune systems out of whack.  This can lead to inflammation, which is implicated in a host of modern ills, from heart disease to diabetes to depression.

By reintroducing these bacteria in the environment, that may help to alleviate some of these problems," Lowry says. 

HARVEST THOSE BENEFITS

Here are just a few of the ways gardening can benefit your physical and mental health, and how you can start harvesting those benefits for you and your family.

Working in the garden has other, less spiritual rewards. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood.

STRESS RELIEF

A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities.  After completing a stressful task, two groups of people were instructed to either read indoors or garden for 30 minutes. Afterward, the group that gardened reported being in a better mood than the reading group, and they also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

We live in a society where we're just maxing ourselves out all the time in terms of paying attention," says Andrea Faber Taylor, Ph.D., a horticulture instructor and researcher in the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Humans have a finite capacity for the kind of directed attention required by cell phones and email and the like, Taylor says, and when that capacity gets used up we tend to become irritable, error-prone, distractible, and stressed out.

Fortunately this "attention fatigue" appears to be reversible. Following a theory first suggested by University of Michigan researchers in the 1980s, Taylor and other experts have argued that we can replenish ourselves by engaging in "involuntary attention," an effortless form of attention that we use to enjoy nature.  

Trading your BlackBerry for blackberry bushes is an excellent way to fight stress and attention fatigue, Taylor says, as the rhythms of the natural environment and the repetitive, soothing nature of many gardening tasks are all sources of effortless attention. 

 Here's a link to this article in today's CNN...http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/07/08/why.gardening.good/index

Jon Crow  BrooklynCommunityGardensGroup                

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BBG PROGRAMS & AWARDS


MAKING BROOKLYN BLOOM                      

BROOKLYN URBAN GARDENER

GREENEST BLOCK IN BROOKLYN              

STREET TREE STEWARDSHIP

COMMUNITY GARDEN ALLIANCE 

CLICK ON:  www.bbg.org/greenbridge                                           IMG_1837.JPG

THE BIRTH OF 6/15 GREEN

 THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF 6/15 GREEN 

 CHECK OUT VIDEO ON YOUTUBE...LINK BELOW

 
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RECYLING/WASTE!

SWAB Film Screening:   

Starting April 1, you will now be fined $100 for improperly disposing of electronics.

Read more about the changes to the rules here, and find an e-waste recycling event in your neighborhood to properly dispose of your electronics. 

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RECYCLABLES:  CHECK THIS OUT!

NYC Recycles: 

The Department of Sanitation has several recycling and reuse programs, including for clothing, shoes, bags, belts, and other textiles:

 NYC Stuff Exchange

 re-FASHIONYC

 ReuseNYC.

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Earth Matter NY accepts and processes food scraps as part of the NYC Compost Project funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soil, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Click here for more info.

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KITCHEN WASTE SOLUTION:

 "VOKASHI truly is the way to a green kitchen waste solution," -- Lucy Liu

 VOKASHI.Services

Vokashi truly is the way to a green kitchen waste solution. 

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DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION:   CALL FOR LABORERS 

DSNY Emergency Snow Laborer/help clear snow and ice from pedestrian areas after big winter storms. 

REGISTRATION DECEMBER 2017 

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Jul 18: Pest & Disease Management
Jul 19: PAINTING WITH DANIEL MCDONALD
Jul 21: East New York Farmers Market
Jul 21: Sharing our Farm Traditions: Agroecology
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