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News From the Acres - April 10, 2014 10 April 2014

spring clean up time is now! TONIGHT and NEXT WEDNESDAY we're holding General Organizing Meetings for folks in different stages of their local land access campaigns! Working on a campaign and need some help figuring out next steps? Got a great success story to share? We're all in ... read the rest

News From the Acres - April 3, 2014 03 April 2014

ever greening our neighborhoods! It was awesome to see so many familiar faces and make new friends at GreenThumb'sGrow Together Conference last weekend. Special thanks to members from 61 Franklin,Evergreen Lots (that's them, above!), and 100 Quincy for sharing their land access stories.TONIGHT we're holding a Citywide General ... read the rest

News From the Acres - March 27, 2014 27 March 2014

south bronx lots, labeled! This past Tuesday we labeled 7 lots in the South Bronx with the help of two wonderful volunteers. We chatted with neighbors passing by and have already received several phone calls and emails in response to the signs! While we were visiting 405 West ... read the rest

News From the Acres - March 20, 2014 20 March 2014

two more fences unlocked! Months ago Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation was granted a loan from the USDA to transform two vacant lots into gardens this year. With the help of our online map, they identified two Housing Preservation and Development-owned sites in East New York and today ... read the rest

News From the Acres - March 13, 2014 13 March 2014

maps make change. This past Saturday we were at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom, passing out broadsheets and answering questions about the vacant land in your neighborhood. Nestled between The Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust and Roger That Garden Project, we also had friends to chat with! ... read the rest

News From the Acres - March 6, 2014 06 March 2014

we hit two branches of government this week! Last Friday we attended a pretty confusing city council Housing and Buildings Oversight Hearing on Vacant Property in New York City, at which newly appointed commissioners from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and ... read the rest

News From the Acres - February 27, 2014 27 February 2014

"After everything I went through with the other lot, all the hard work... I'm so ready to do it all over again!" This past weekend Feedback Farms moved from 348 Bergen to their new home at 123-159 Ingraham Street, where they will be providing fresh vegetables and ... read the rest

News From the Acres - February 20, 2014 20 February 2014

your garden might be under snow, but composting is still happening around the boroughs! photo credit: gil lopez 596 Acres is seeking an intern! Come work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks starting March 1, 2014. Tasks will include talking with NYC organizers, tabling, ... read the rest

News From the Acres - February 13, 2014 13 February 2014

new signs coming to your neighborhood! We have new signs! Thanks to SmartSign and Greg Mihalko of Partners & Partners, we have the amazing metal signs pictured above. We can't wait to post them in your neighborhood! If you'd like to pick one up to hang on ... read the rest

News From the Acres - February 6, 2014 06 February 2014

we moved to gowanus! We moved! Yesterday we said goodbye to our space in Manhattan and hello to our new home at Build It Green! in Gowanus. We're so happy to be a part of a snazzy new co-working space surrounded by friends. Drop by and say ... read the rest

News From the Acres - January 30, 2014 30 January 2014

dreaming of spring! We hosted a Community Land Access Workshop on Monday night in the Info Commons space at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. We had a great turnout of organizers and folks who just happened to be in the library! A few attendees ... read the rest

News From the Acres - January 23, 2014 23 January 2014

harlem: ready, set, grow! 596 Acres is proud to have helped save a neighborhood space in Queens and facilitate its transfer to the the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust! A new permanent garden was born on the corner of Foch and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, through our ... read the rest

News From the Acres - January 16, 2014 16 January 2014

more east new york, brooklyn, lots labeled! Last Sunday two members of our team labeled the city-owned vacant lot at Vermont and New Lots. "We noticed a strip of space running alongside the other side of the sidewalk has a tiny lime tree planted in it. As ... read the rest

News From the Acres - January 9, 2014 09 January 2014

think spring -- more & more gardens! in Harlem & in Brooklyn! Congratulations to Harlem Valley Garden for getting a license for West 134th Street! They are the 20th group that 596 Acres has helped gain access, and the 3rd site in Manhattan. Organizing started when neighbors ... read the rest

News From the Acres - December 19, 2013 19 December 2013

together, we have some good ideas This week, in NYC, despite the cold, we are all hopeful for a brighter 2014. We have some ideas about to make that real and five suggestions for the new mayoral administration. The first four deal with our core work -- ... read the rest