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News From the Acres - October 16, 2014

16 October 2014
“we will fight for every square foot we have for community benefit”

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
The Lower East Side's Siempre Verde Community Garden (turning two-years-old next month!) gathered over 1,000 petition signatures in an effort to discourage their City-owned site from being sold to a developer. Check out this article from The Lo-Down about a meeting of Manhattan Community Board 3 this past Tuesday night where the Housing and Land Use Committee voiced their support for the garden to remain a valuable piece of their neighborhood! Subscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter to keep up to date on news and how you lend your support!

Visit us this weekend!
Come hang out in our new office at Spaceworks (504 President Street at 3rd Avenue, #2E, Brooklyn) and see some of our work on display at Gowanus Open Studios, happening this weekend Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th from noon to 6 pm each day. Check out the Facebook invite!

New grant!
Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section at the bottom of the newsletter for information on a new grant!

Is a park near you getting a makeover?
Mayor de Blasio has announced his Community Parks Initiative, a $130 million plan to rehabilitate, repair, rebuild, and in some cases begin thirty-five parks (totaling 65.5 acres of public green space) that need it most. Check out this article from the Gothamist to see if your neighborhood park is on the list. We're excited to see Melrose Commons Site 32included (which was planned as a park in 1994 under the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal plans) and hope it will soon become the long-awaited park this neighborhood wants and needs!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - The first meeting of a reinvigorated campaign for 463 Tompkins took place last night at a church around the corner from the lot. Neighbors shared their visions for the space (filled with gardening and relaxed social space!) and divided up next steps in collecting an application to submit to GreenThumb! To stay in loop and get details for the next meeting in two weeks from now, contact Mark at thatartistmark@gmail.com or 917-617-4552.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Eve would love to help create children's native plant garden and natural play space in the lot at Jefferson and Malcolm X Boulevard with the big shady tree. We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development who told us there are no plans for development in sight! Contact Eve at eve@evemosher.com or 646-492-1314.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors are still working on getting a letter of support from Manhattan Community Board 10 to start a garden at 109 West 126th Street. Organizer Tamika is looking for new supporting signatures and has until November 12th to submit them to the board. If you'd like to get your name on the list or if you'd like to volunteer to help gather signatures, email Tamika at 126streetcommunitygardenapiary@gmail.com or call 845-380-4050.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Miss Brenda is a seasoned gardener, a community chef, and a master composter who is a leader at Powell Street Community Garden in Brownsville. She's got her eye on the lot on Thomas Boyland betwen Sutter and Pitkin Avenue. If you live in the area and want to team up for the next garden, give here a call 718-498-3174 at or email her at isabahlialoef@aol.com.

Arrochar, Staten Island - Harry and Elliott want to turn two Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lots on Sand Avenue and Piave Avenue into a growing space. They've visited Staten Island Community Board 2 last month, and are heading back next Tuesday, October 21st for a second meeting. Join them! Contact Harry at 347-422-3658.

Lots with access!
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Patchen Community Square (at the corner of Patchen Avenue and Putnam Avenue) is hosting their second workshop with Artfully Unforgotten (presented byMaterial for the Artsthis Saturday, October 18th from 11 am to 2 pm on "Photo Transfers" with artist Andreea Radulescu. Stop by, bring the family and learn how to transfer your old photos on to recycled objects!

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - 61 Franklin Community Garden (between Oak and Calyer, Greenpoint) is holding a tree care workshop and neighborhood daffodil planting event this Saturday October 18th from 10am to 1pm. Please RSVP to61franklingarden.rsvp@gmail.com. This is a family-friendly activity and will occur rain or shine! 

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (204 Columbia Street at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets) is holding their Harvest Pie Contest is next Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, October 26th). New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and GreenThumb's director Nancy Kohn will be two of the judges! This event also acts as a farm-to-table workshop for children to understand the importance of where food comes from. All are welcome!

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Manhattan). Join them for a recap on the climate march, updates on the status of NYC’s numerous threatened gardens, the NYCCGC legislative efforts, and more. See you there!

More Gardens! and HONK (an international activist brass band extravaganza) are leading the third annual East Village Calvacade for Community Gardens to highlight preservation and self-governance of community gardens worldwide this Saturday, October 18th from 2 pm to 6 pm. Wear your greenest clothes and bring a banner or sign! Click here for details and a schedule of where you can join the parade. Also, arrive early to kick off the day with banner making and face painting at 11 am at Children’s Magical Garden (129 Stanton at between Norfolk Street and Essex Street, Manhattan).

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem)this Saturday, October 18th at 1 pm with a free workshop on making your own pickles! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing enviharlem@gmail.com.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is November 7th.

New Grant!
The Riverside Church NY's Sharing Fund grants up to $5,000 to projects outside the church that are consistent with their mission of "education, reflection, and action for peace and justice". Rolling deadline!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - October 9, 2014

09 October 2014
$25,000!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Thank you!
A HUGE thanks to those of you who attended our event, Mapping Matters, last Thursday night. Whether you bought a ticket or volunteered your time, you helped make the night a success. We raised $15,000 and then got a grant from The Fund for the City of New York for an additional $10,000 based on the success of the evening! WOW!

Special thanks to all the that donated their time and money to make it happen:

GalapagosSucculentMapzenSmartsignCartoDBEtsyNextdoorganicsHannah EdmundsApplegateLagunitas Brewing Co.Yonkers BrewingEtsyPublic Ad CampaignCabot CreameryBrooklyn LarderCoiffeurShake ShakeSahadi'sFlying Pigs FarmMast Brothers ChocolateNew York GiantsForager's City GrocerGreene Grape ProvisionsTofurkyFeedback FarmsFour & Twenty BlackbirdsMcClure's PicklesNYC FoodscapeZ CrackersRaven & CrowThe Meat HookGnarly Vines,The Tarot SocietyOne Girl CookiesEast River TattooConsumata Sonidera, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, Councilmember Steve Levin, and DJ Stylus.

Check out the Facebook album to see all the memories of the night.

Visit us next weekend!
We recently moved offices and are now housed at Spaceworks at 504 President Street (at 3rd Avenue), #2E in Brooklyn. We'll be participating in Gowanus Open Studios next weekend, Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th from noon to 6 pm each day, so you have the perfect opportunity to visit us and see some of our work on display. Check out the Facebook invite!

Headed to Detroit!
Paula will be participating in Detroit: #GetOnTheMap! Community Mapping, a presentation of goal-oriented community mapping and organizing tools from all over the country, next Tuesday, October 14th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Check out the Facebook event for more information, and spread the word to your Michigan-based friends and family!

In the media
Check out this Citylimits article on how the Mayor's plan to focus development on small vacant, City-owned lots might affect neighborhood organizing to create open space.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Harlem, Manhattan - The second meeting of neighbors organizing around 174 East 108th Street (between Lexington & 3rd Avenue) will be this Sunday, October 12th at 3 pm in front of the lot. Email John at triplemgarden@gmail.com with questions, or just show up!

Lower East Side, Manhattan - Haimar, who lives next door to 276 East 3rd Street, called us this week because he would love to the empty lot turned into a garden. There's several other interested neighbors, too. Time for a meeting! Call or email 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org to help make it happen!

East New York, Brooklyn - Luwana, director of Project East New York, has found her dream lot to start organizing around: 467 Vermont Street! Her organization would love to start a garden focused on horticulture and landscape training for youth. She's already spoken to GreenThumb who gave her the green light to apply! Contact Luwana atluwanas@projecteastnewyork.org or call 917-342-2072 if you or your organization would like to team up!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Jeromy lives next to a lot on Chauncey Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Bainbridge Street that he'd like to see turned into a hang out spot for the neighborhood. Anyone else interested? Email organizers@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092!

Lots with access!
Patchen Community Square (at the corner of Patchen and Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn) is hosting their first workshop with Artfully Unforgotten (presented by Material for the Arts)this Sunday, October 12th from 11 am to 2 pm. Stop by, bring the family and make some artistic planters!

COLLABORATORS
The Fall workshop series at Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem) is kicking of this Saturday, October 11th at 1 pm with a workshop on indoor container gardening. They'll also be giving away plants for attendees to take home! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailingenviharlem@gmail.com.

New York City Community Garden Coalition's October general meeting is next Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm at Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street, between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan). Get to know growers from around the boroughs sharing the happenings of their gardens!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINES APPROACHING!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is November 7th.

Additionally, Citizens Committee's Neighborhood Grants award up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. The grant isn't due until January 2015, but click on the link above to learn about upcoming information sessions in your borough or online.

yours,
596 Acres 


News From the Acres - October 2, 2014

04 October 2014

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Have you ever enjoyed the transformational quality of creating a new space together with your neighbors? 596 Acres has facilitated the transformation of 28 vacant lots into something better, ten in 2014 alone. Thanks you to everyone who is helping us continue to cultivate green spaces from vacant land by coming to our gala this evening. Limited tickets will be available at the door - if you don't have one yet, come early! 7pm at 16 Main Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. We'd love any additional contributions you can make too! 


NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES - Staten Island!



You'll notice something new at 596acres.org - we're all-city now, finally! Although we have been working with organizers on Staten Island on an as-needed basis since we launched our program, we're now focusing on letting folks know where organizing opportunities are. We mapped the vacant municipal land and connected with residents at last week's Freshkills Park Sneak Peak. Thanks to Pratt's new Spacial Analysis & Visualization Initiative, we had wonderful print maps to share. 

Community Board 2 has invited the organizers of this lot just south of the Verrazano Bridge to come back to present to the full board in October! It's a huge gorgeous lot that connects two parallel streets. Join them - call 718 316 6092 x3 or email organizers@596acres.org. 

There's a sunny lot on John Street that's a great organizing target - it's even eligible for support through the GreenThumb program. More information and join in here.

We met Brian at Freshkills Park last weekend. He is going to join Blake in organizing this Midland Beach lot. Do you live close by? More information and join in here.  

There are great opportunities to expand community waterfront access on Staten Island's north shore through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Blue Streets program. The end of Richmond Avenue is one place where a Blue Street would work really well and an organizer named Andrew is starting the effort. North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, Inc. (www.nswcsi.org) has been working with DOT and has already gotten approval for the ends of Van Name and Van Pelt Streets to become Blue Streets. Contact them for more info and to get a jump on your organizing: nswcsibt@aol.com. There's another opportunity at the end of Bard Ave

Lots with access!
While a private developer has put forward a proposal to replace the Siempre Verde garden with luxury housing + three units of affordable housing, City Council Member Margaret Chin has voiced her support for the crucial green space to remain. Thanks, Councilmember Chin! Read more about what's happening with the Lower East Side's youngest garden in the Lo-Down

EL Garden (120 Jefferson Avenue at Evergreen Avenue, Brooklyn) is celebrating their one year anniversary with an NYRP Tree Giveaway, a BBQ and a potluck this Saturday, October 4th. The giveaway will be from 11 am to 1 pm and then the grill will be sizzlin' from 1 pm onwards! Bring a dish to share or something to grill. There will also be a seed saving workshop, live music, and more!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot.
Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - September 25, 2014

26 September 2014
27! & 28!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

28 lots newly in community hands! 
Cypress Hill Development Corporation, who gained access to four sites in the past year: Glenmore GrowsAshford Variety GardenAshford Teaching Garden, and Chestnut Street Community Garden! Additionally, the four gardens have accumulated nearly $9,000 in material donations with the help of Green For Your Green (always listed at the bottom of the newsletters). Awesome! Head to any of the lot's pages to contact Cypress Hills and get involved.

Mapping Matters is next week!
Join us next Thursday, October 2nd for Mapping Matters, 596 Acres' second ever gala benefit. It will be a night full of fun, food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, hairstyling, palm readings, and even tattoos!This is also an opportunity to support 596 Acres in all the work we do and make sure we're around next year! You can buy tickets here.

Visit us this weekend!
Tomorrow, Friday, September 25th from 6 pm to 9 pm 596 Acres' director Paula Z. Segal will be presenting at "Solving Urban Land Use Problems in the 21st Century," a NYC land use summit at NYU's Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor). The summit features keynote speaker Susan Fainsten, author of The Just City, followed by a series of presentations on innovative and inclusive land use solutions, and a panel discussion on affordability of housing. Click here for more information.

Staten Island's Freshkills Park is having a sneak peak this Sunday, September 28th from 11 am to 4 pm! 596 Acres will be sharing information about vacant City-owned land on Staten Island and how communities can get involved! This is the 3rd annual preview celebrating the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill transforming into Staten Island's newest park. There will be kayaking, rock climbing, hikes, educational booths, food trucks, and more! There's even a shuttle bus from the ferry to the park (250 Wild Avenue, Staten Island)! Click here for more information.

In the media
Check out this article from NYC Foodscape that highlights some of the projects we've recently helped and a bit more about the work 596 Acres does. Thanks, Foodscapes!

DNAinfo.com recognizes us as experts in How You Can Turn New York City's Vacant Lots into Community Gardens.

400,000
As a part of the Climate March last Sunday our director Paula  Z. Segal participated in a writing residency with Melted Away, a temporary monument in ice of the words THE FUTURE. Click here to read Paula's account of the melting and scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see the sculpture in action!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - On the corner of Patchen Ave and Bainbridge street there's a shady, park-like corner lot that we labeled last month. Then we got an email from a a neighbor named Stephanie who's ready to start organizing! A check in phone call to Housing Preservation and Development affirmed that there's no plans for development in sight! Email or call mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 to help Stephanie get started.

East New York, Brooklyn - Luwana is the founder and director of Project East New York and was referred to us by a friend at Brooklyn Community Board 3. (Neat!) Her organization would love to create a safe space for kids to do crafts, read, and hang out. She's got her eye on the lot at 885 New Jersey Avenue but is looking all over the neighborhood. Want to help her? Email or call Luwana at luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org or 646-597-3826.

East New York, Brooklyn - Neighbor Caroline is talking to her neighbors and the local school, PS 292, about turning the lot at 182 Wyona Street (at Vermont Avenue) into a garden. Live in the area? Email her at luvina6@aol.com.

Rockaway, Queens - Reverend Nancy would like to turn a piece of the land at Beach 169th and Rockaway Point Boulevard Road that sits behind the marina into a labyrinth park to act as a healing place on the peninsula. Interested? Contact Nancy at nancygahles@gmail.com or call 718-643-4577.

Lots with access!
EL Garden (120 Jefferson Avenue at Evergreen Avenue, Brooklyn) is celebrating their once year anniversary with an NYRP Tree Giveaway, a BBQ and a potluck next Saturday, October 4th. The giveaway will be from 11 am to 1 pm and then the grill will be sizzlin' from 1 pm onwards! Bring a dish to share or something to grill. There will also be a seed saving workshop, live music, and more!

Congratulations to Greenpoint, Brooklyn's 61 Franklin Street Garden! This garden is being transferred to the inventory of the Parks Department, taking it from "interim use" to "as-protected-as-it-gets." The risk and hard work of these neighbors has absolutely paid off!

COLLABORATORS
Roger That Community Garden (at the corner of Rogers Avenue and Park Place, Brooklyn) is have a workday this Saturday, September 27th from 11:30 am to 5 pm. They'll be re-painting their "Save NYC, Save the Garden" mural (pictured at the top of the newsletter!), turning compost, putting summer veggies to rest, stewarding street trees, and getting dirty! Join the Facebook event here!

East New York Farms! and New York Restoration Project is hosting a workshop on cover crops this Saturday, September 27th from 10 am to noon at Essex Street Community Garden (3030 Fulton Street at Essex Street, Brooklyn). Learn about the most updated findings on cover crops, and RSVP to get free seeds by calling 718-649-7979. Keep an eye on their calendar for more events!

NYC Bark Club is seeking dog lovers to help with the renovation of Corlears Hook Dog Park (at the corner of Jackson Street and Cherry Street in Lower East Side, Manhattan) on Saturday, October 4th between 11 am and 4 pm. Any amount of time volunteered is greatly appreciated! Check out theFacebook event page for more details or email Kerri at kschlottman@gmail.com.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 


News From the Acres - September 18, 2014

18 September 2014
help keep 596 acres going!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Help keep 596 Acres going by attending Mapping Matters!
This awesome party on Thursday, October 2nd will be 596 Acres' second ever gala benefit and includes fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, hairstyling, palm readings, and even free tattoos! You don't want to miss it! This is an opportunity to support 596 Acres in all the work we do. As the end of the 2014 approaches, we need your help to make sure our program can continue into next year. Here's your chance to show your love! Don't wait - tickets are selling fast!

Visit us this weekend!
596 Acres will be hosting the workshop Envisioning Better Futures for Our Lots this Saturday, September 20th from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at El Puente Green Light District's Southside Connexstreet festival on Havemeyer Street between Grand Street and South 4th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and; filled with cultural activities, health and wellness workshops, environmental justice information & resources!

This Saturday, September 20th our director Paula will be at the LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival 2014 at La Plaza Cultural (East 9th Street at Avenue C in the East Village, Manhattan). Paula will be speaking on a panel "New York City Urban Farming - Growing a Just Food System"from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm to talk about empowering ourselves to get access to land and 596 Acres' recent successes. Other panels from EcoStation/Bushwick Campus Farm, Farm School NYC, La Palapa/New York City Women's Culinary Alliance, and Hunger Action Network. Then, from 3 pm to 4 pm, head over The Firemen's Memorial Garden (East 8th Street between Avenues C and D) for 596 Acres' Vacant Public Land Recovery Workshop followed by a performance by Bread and Puppet. For more info click here or click on the Facebook page!

This Sunday, September 21st 596 Acres' organizers will be taking part in the People's Climate March! Join Rockaway Wildfire on the "Front Line of Crisis/The Forefront of Change" (meeting at Central Park West from 61st to 65th) and the New York City Community Garden Coalition  saying "We have the solutions" (meeting at Central Park West between 71st and 77th). See you at the march!

We made the list!
596 Acres' Urban Reviewer made Planetizen's Top 10 Websites of 2014 list. Cool!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Harlem, Manhattan - Last week neighbor John submitted a proposal to Manhattan Community Board 11 to start a garden at 174 East 108th Street. Hopefully by next month the group will get a positive answer back! Contact triplemgarden@gmail.com to get involved and stay in touch about a next meeting the second week of October!

Bushwick, Brooklyn - New organizers are taking a risk on a string of city-owned vacant lots in the Broadway Triangle, like this one. They're off to talk to EVERYONE affected by what happens on these pieces of vacant public land. (That's two of the organizers, pictured at the bottom of this newsletter!)

Rockaway, Queens - 
The family Grenada runs a daycare with 16 kids in the home next door toa vacant lot on Beach 36th. While they already grow in their own yard, they think a community garden would be great for the kids and would give the people who live on the block a reason to get to know each other. If you live in the area, email or call Dawn Grenada (who is putting together the volunteer list) at grenada347@aol.com or 347-299-2533 or contact Malika, who lives around the corner, at Malikaj.777@gmail.com or 646-918-9634 and is super excited!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Elliot the social worker from Eagle Academy who helped pioneer the amazing garden at the corner of Fulton and Saratoga is also interested temporarily extending the project to the large lot across the street. Brooklyn Community Board 3 would like to see this space turned into housing, for now it's sitting vacant with no plans in site. If you'd like to help make something happen, email mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to help Elliot convince the board that this project is super beneficial to the neighborhood's children - even for the short term!

News from the Organizing Acres
Congratulations to La Casita Verde (at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Division Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on their invocation yesterday! Special thanks to the Jason Mraz Foundation for supporting the event. Missed it? You can visit the garden this Saturday, September 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm to join artists, scientists and activists for an afternoon of activities and inspirational sign-making at their "warm-up" for the People's Climate March. This event is fun for all ages! Just show up!

COLLABORATORS
New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly general meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 pm at Phoenix Community Garden (2037 Fulton between Thomas S. Boyland Street and Rockaway Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn). This meeting is a great way to be updated about citywide community garden issues and is a fun general meet and greet for gardeners.

The volunteer gardeners of Andrew Haswell Green Park (on York Avenue between East 60th and 61st Streets) are holding a special event this Saturday, September 20th. At 1 pm and again at 3 pm Maureen Regan, a local horticulturist and President of Green Earth Urban Gardens, Inc., will be making a presentation on "Native Plants and Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden". Just show up! Email greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com with questions.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 


News From the Acres - September 11, 2014

11 September 2014
#26!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations to Mandela Park, the 26th group we've helped get access to a plot of vacant land! Since early this year neighbors have been organizing to turn two large Housing Preservation and Development-owned lots at 225-227 West 126th Street into a park space with native flowers. We can't wait to see what's blooming come next spring!

Today tickets to Mapping Matters are 2 for one!
Until midnight tonight, just write a note that says "two for one" when you buy them through PayPal ("Add special instructions to the seller"). Click here to purchase! This awesome party on Thursday, October 2nd will be 596 Acres' second ever benefit and include fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, palm readings, and even free tattoos! You don't want to miss it!

Visit us this weekend!
In Brooklyn we'll be tabling at GreenThumb's Annual Harvest Fair this Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4 pm at Green Gems Community Garden (149 Fountain Ave at Glenmore). Enjoy a healthy food demonstration, a domino tournament, gardening workshops, raffle prizes, live music, the annual Harvest Contest, and activities for kids, including face painting, balloon art and double dutch. Join the fun!

In Rockaway we'll also be tabling at The Climate Justice Teach-in & Bash this Saturday, September 13th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Bayswater Park (located at 32nd Street & Beach Channel Drive). This community event hosted by Rockaway WildfireNYSNA andCommunity Voices Heard will include presentations, demonstrations and information on a wide variety of green, local solutions to the current climate crisis. There will also be a performance by a local youth hip hop dance troupe, live music, participatory artwork and a bouncy castle for kids! See you there!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
South Bronx - Raven is an Bronx-based urban gardener who would love to turn the lot at 161st Street and Melrose Ave into a garden for the children of the neighborhood to learn about growing plants. She's already been speaking to the church next door and talking to people about getting started! Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.orgto get connected to Raven.

South Bronx - Emily, Afhor, and Kesha are determined to start a garden at 840 Tinton Avenue and East 160th Street - or any of the other vacant spaces in their neighborhood! Email or call Emily at emily.baierl@gmail.com or 612-325-4161 help plan this group's first meeting.

East New York, Brooklyn - Steve says, "Our goal is to transform a neglected vacant space owned by the city (1118 Blake Avenue between Milford Street and Montauk Ave) into a free public edible garden for everyone. We plan to plant tons of fruits & veggies, several trees, build benches and unite the community against hunger." Want to help Steve? He says, "We need as many green thumbs as we can get!" Contact him atstevefred93@gmail.com or call 347-520-7476.

East New York, Brooklyn - We got an email from a neighbor near the skinny vacant lot at182 Wyona Street who wants to start a garden. If you live in the area, contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org.


COLLABORATORS
El Puente Green Light District's Southside Connex street festival happening this Saturday, September 13th and next Saturday, September 20th from 1 pm to 6 pm on Havemeyer Street between Grand Street and South 4th Street in Los Sures (the Southside of Williamsburg). The streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and filled with cultural activities, health and wellness workshops, environmental justice information & resources! (That's them, pictured at the bottom of the newsletter with their mural, ¡Cultura Con Azúcar!, at the Domino Sugar Factory site, which depicts the rich history of the community and the resiliency of the neighborhood through vast changes.)

The Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn will be holding a garden walk this Saturday, September 13th from noon to 1:30 pm.  The tour will begin at the Human Compass Garden on the corner of Columbia Street & Sackett Streets and will make it way to each of the other community gardens in the area.  This is a great way to see the neighborhood and connect with your fellow gardeners who have turned vacant lots into flower gardens, meadows, quiet spaces, and urban farms! Just show up!

New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly general meeting is next Thursday, September 18th at 6:30PM at Phoenix Community Garden (2037 Fulton between Thomas S. Boyland Street and Rockaway Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn). This meeting is a great way to be updated about citywide community garden issues and is a fun general meet and greet for gardeners. Thinking about marching during the People's Climate Marchnext Sunday, September 21stJoin the NYCCGC as a volunteer!

 

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 


News From the Acres - September 4, 2014

04 September 2014
general meeting tonight in east new york!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Our General meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Bring you scissors!
Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening this Saturday, September 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place) as we congratulate this team of gardeners who now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be presenthere and join the Facebook event page!

Tickets are on sale for Mapping Matters, our second ever gala benefit is happening on Thursday, October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. This party will include fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, palm readings, and even free tattoos! You don't want to miss it! Get the details and buy your tickets. We need your support to keep 596 Acres working in neighborhoods to help people access land!

Essays!
There are two new ones on Urban Reviewer: "Model Cities" by Haja Worley, who worked as part of federal Urban Renewal's Model Cities initiative in the 1960s, and "We could have studied City-Making" by Matt Delsesto, a volunteer who spent hundreds of hours at Housing Preservation and Development's office doing data entry to make the Urban Reviewer possible. Read the essays here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Harlem, Manhattan - Yesterday afternoon John held meeting in front of the lot near his house on East 108th Street with neighbors. (That's them pictured at the top and bottom of this newsletter!) John collected signatures, shared his ideas for the space, and even got a building owner to pledge to write a letter of support. If you live in the area and want to join the planning, contact John at triplemgarden@gmail.com.

South Bronx - Afhor says "I love the Bronx. I am committed to bringing the beauty, health and UNITY back to our community as a whole." Right on! She's interested in starting a project at in the vacant lot on Bryant Avenue between East 165th Street and Westchester Avenue, around the corner from an active basketball court. Contact her at 646-303-0915or a.vivianblake@gmail.com to help!

Rockaway, Queens - According to Deborah Morris at Housing Preservation and Development, the space at Beach 35th Street between Edgemere Avenue and Sprayview Avenue and at 3421 Edgemere Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streetswould be great sites for a temporary space for the community to use as a garden and organizing space for future involvement with the Arverne East development site. This is a green light for neighbors to organize to get access to through the GreenThumb program, as development is not scheduled to start for at least a few years. Do you know any students or teachers at the neighboring schools who would be interested? Let's get organizing!

Lots with Access!
El Puente hosted a meeting this past Tuesday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for several of the gardens in their district to get together, and 596 Acres was there to follow up on a training of the Five Borough Farm Toolkit we did at the last meeting. What did we learn since then? La Casita Verde has diverted 651 lbs of waste from landfill by accepting food scraps for compost between August 3 and 17. Wow! Keep up the good work!

Interested in going to the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21st but don't have anyone to march with? Join 462 Halsey Community Garden from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn as they let world leaders know we are all serious about climate change. Email462halsey@gmail.com and they'll send you information about the meet-up location!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

 

News From the Acres - August 29, 2014

02 September 2014

 

 

 

ribbon cutting: smiling hogshead ranch!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Last Chance!
Visit the Urban Reviewer and our interactive physical map within Spontaneous Interventions' residencynow through Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 6 pm in Building 403, Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground). Click here for more details and a link to the ferry schedule. You can also take the Urban Reviewer home with you!  Drawing from the essays and contextual material of the Urban Reviewer, we've crafted a gorgeously designed little book that tells the story of Urban Renewal past present and hopeful future in New York City. A deep dive into policy and feelings, into specificity and trepidation. We're sure you'll like it. We're excited to find out what you learn. Click here for more info and how to purchase.

Thanks Aeolians!
Thanks Aeolian Riders for joining us at our Spontaneous Interventions party and raising $560 to support our core land access work in NYC. Check out the pictures from the ride here. Thanks to the musicians Deva Mahal, Jacob Bills and Darryl Specht for bringing sweet sounds, ESPtv for making it louder, Blazing Saddles for loaning us kids bikes, and NY Waterway for the free ferry ride for our inflatable friends.

We'll miss you, Faith!
We've been lucky to have Faith Titilawo with us this summer, an extern from East NY Farms. Read her thoughts and reflections from ten weeks with us. If you'd like to say bye to her on her last day with 596 Acres, she'll be tabling at GreenThumb Annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4 pm at Little Gems Garden (on Glenmore Avenue between Crystal Street and Fountain Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn). Visit the event page for more details and information on the free shuttle buses from the Bronx!

Save the Dates!
Our next General meeting is next Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Right now we're working with 10 organizing groups who are gearing up to present in front of their community boards to earn letters of support. Want to meet other groups and see how they've been navigating the system? Just getting started and want to hear how others have done it? Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening next Saturday, September 6thfrom 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place). We'd love to have you join us in congratulating this team of gardeners and farmers who spent two years organizing and now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! This is #25 in the list of sites 596 Acres has helped access! They'll also be announcing their registration with the NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program and that they're joining the New York City Community Garden Coalition. Please join us and the ranchers for an inauguration ribbon cutting ceremony! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be present here and join the Facebook event page!

Recapping Vacant Acres
Check out this great report-back of Vacant Acres by Rachel Dobkin, the symposium we held this past April bringing together urban vacant land advocates from around the world. If you attended (or if you didn't and want to share your thoughts!) and can spare five minutes, we'd love to have you fill out this short survey about the event. It's also a great way to stay in touch about a possible Vacant Acres 2015! Click here to read more and see the collected slide presentations and audio recording from the day.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Jamaica, Queens - There's a huge piece of land bordering the North Conduit Highway and across the street from Tudor Park that a few non-profits from the area have their eyes on. We spoke to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and they said a transfer to the Parks Department would be possible if it was requested by Parks. Anyone know other groups interested? Neighbors or block associations? Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbor John is holding a meeting about starting a garden at the lot near his house on East 108th Street - a lot that Housing Preservation and Development said they'd be willing to lend out the community! Meet in front of the lot (174 East 108th between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave)next Wednesday, September 3rd at 5 pm. Bring your ideas! Contact John attriplemgarden@gmail.com with questions.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - The Department of Citywide Administrative Services let us know that the lot at511 Liberty Avenue is "just sitting there" and they would be willing to transfer the property to the Parks Department if they requested it. This is great news for Manny, a neighbor who's been getting signatures from his neighbors and letters of support. Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get looped in!

Lots with Access!
Lower East Side, Manhattan - Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 pm Siempre Verde hosts 'Wormy Wednesdays' at their garden on Stanton Street at Attorney Street. Stop by to learn about worm composting and hang out in the garden! 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - 61 Franklin held a fundraiser last Thursday night to support their garden education program. The event boasted musicians, cocktails made with garden herbs, and delicious snacks donated generously donated by local farms. Way to go! Check out photos from the event at the garden's Facebook page.

COLLABORATORS
Head over to Rose Red and Lavender (to 653 Metropolitan Ave between Leonard St and Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) today through Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 1 pm to take home some free plants that need a little love! Show them this email or just mention that you're a part of the 596 Acres network and you'll also receive 40% off trees and 50% off almost all other things!

GreenThumb is hosting its 9th Annual Harlem Garden Tour this Saturday, August 30th (with a rain date of August 31st). Kicking off at 10 am with breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden (219 West 122nd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem) and ending at 5 pm with a traditional Harlem barbecue at the William A. Harris Garden (153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem) The tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem's green gems. Click here for more information and here to see all of GreenThumb's upcoming events!

Next Saturday, September 6th the Powell Street Community Garden and the Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Foundation is hosting a free tree giveaway sponsored by the New York Restoration Project! First, register at www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways and then head over to 410 Livonia Ave (at Powell Street, Brownsville, Brooklyn) from 9 am to 11 am. Get going early - it's first come, first serve!

The Brooklyn Queens Land Trust will host its 3rd Annual BQLT Garden Bike Tour on Sunday, September 14th. Explore eleven community gardens throughout Brooklyn. Highlights on the tour will include bees, chickens, a number of rain catchment systems, unique crops, and tips from master gardeners. Meet at 9:30 am in front of Clifton Place Community Garden (1031-35 Bedford Avenue at North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Click here for more info or to RSVP. Snacks and beverages will be provided along the tour route, and walkers are welcome as well!

The New York Permaculture Exchange and the Park Slope Permaculture Guild are hosting Permafest 2014: "Building Community Resilience". Head over to the Old Stone House (336 Third Street between 4th and 5th Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn) on Saturday, September 20th from 12 pm to 8 pm for a full day of skill sharing, kids activities, bartering, live music, a picnic dinner, and a talk about the connection between "Soil, Nutrition & Climate Change" with Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of theBionutrient Food Association. Join the Facebook Event Page!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - August 21, 2014

21 August 2014
happy 3rd birthday, 596acres.org!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Tickets are on sale for Mapping Matters, our second ever gala benefit is happening on Thursday, October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. This party will include a pig roast, tattoos, a raffle, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, and more! You don't want to miss it! Get the details and buy your tickets here.

If you didn't get a chance to make it over to Governor's Island this past month, there's still time! We're showcasing our tool, Urban Reviewer, and premiering an interactive physical map within Spontaneous Interventions' residency, which will now continue dailythrough Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 6 pm in Building 403, Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground). Come say hi - our intern Faith is there to talk with you about policy and geography on Fridays and Saturdays! Click here for more details and a link to the ferry schedule.

Our next General meeting is Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Right now we're working with 10 organizing groups who are gearing up to present in front of their community boards to earn letters of support. Want to meet other groups and see how they've been navigating the system? Just getting started and want to hear how others have done it? Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contactmary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Speaking of community boards...
Check out our latest blog post that recaps the we project we did this summer working with seven community boards in districts with the most amount of vacant, public land.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Bushwick, Brooklyn - For a couple of years neighbors heard that the lot at 544 Bushwickwould be transferred to the Parks Department to create a open space and yesterday, it was confirmed! Neighbors are planning to write a letter to the community board this week giving their input on what they'd like to see in their new park. If you live nearby head over to a meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, August 21st between 5:30 and 6:30 pm in front of the lot at the corner where Bushwick Avenue meets Beaver Street. Contact Maria, who runs the non-profit next door, at 718-844-6061 with questions.

Harlem, Manhattan - Live in the Harlem area and wanting to start a project? The Deputy Director of Planning for Housing Preservation and Development in Manhattan has let us know that the lot at 136 West 137th has no plans for development and might be a great spot for a open space project. Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get started!

Tremont, Bronx - Edwin and his uncle are tired of calling the Department of Sanitation to clean up the vacant lot next to their house at 1900 Marmion Ave. Now, he's going to start asking neighbors if they'd like to join him in starting a garden! Want to help? Call914-403-6909 or email Edwin11moya@gmail.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Last week we helped connect neighbors Yvonne and Shawana, who are now getting together more neighbors to start a park project on their block. They've got their eyes on 342 Van Siclen and 329 Van Siclen, but will move their organizing to any lot the City is willing to lend them! Contact Shawana to get involved: 347-707-5924.

Lots with Access!
Bushwick, Brooklyn - We got this awesome letter from the organizers who recently got access to the lots at 1278 Myrtle Ave (at the corner of Central Avenue, pictured below!): "It was a wonderful first turn out last Saturday...Everyone was full of openness and possibility and ready to move forward so much so that we moved from our seated meeting to walking the land, observing what is already present there- volunteering future actions, gathering resources, planning meetings for envisioning....Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and know how in pushing this forward at strategic moments… it looks like the neighborhood will take it from here!"

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - El Puente hosted a meeting on July 23rd for several of the gardens in their district to get together and share their successes and struggles of the past year. This included La Casita VerdeGrand Street GardenKeap Fourth Community Garden, and Espiritu Tierra. 596 Acres was there to do a training on measure your garden's successes with the Five Borough Farm Toolkit. (That's one ofPatchen Community Square's huge zucchini pictured at the top of the newsletter on a scale Five Borough Farm provided!) We'll be meeting again on Tuesday, September 2nd to continue the discussion! Email Anusha for a location:avenkataraman@elpuente.us.

Long Island City, Queens - Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening Saturday, September 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place). Congratulate this team of gardeners and farmers who spent two years organizing and now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! The group will also be announcing their registration with the NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program and that they're joining the New York City Community Garden Coalition. Please join us and the ranchers for an inauguration ribbon cutting ceremony! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be present here.

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 pm at Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden (Saint Nicholas Avenue between West 117th and 118th Streets) in Harlem. Hear from gardeners from around the city about what's going on in their gardens, update the membership on our ongoing cases, and make new friends!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot.
 Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Bulb registration for New Yorkers For Parks' 2014 Daffodil Project is now open! Bulbs are free for civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in a park or public space such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, NYCHA development, or community garden. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 3rd, at 5:00 pm. To sign up, click here.

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - August 14, 2014

14 August 2014
Intern applications due and a birthday party - Sunday!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

BIRTHDAYS! BIRTHDAYS! BIRTHDAYS! We're celebrating the third birthday of 596acres.org (launched on August 21, 2011) a few days early: Join us for a closing party for our Spontaneous Interventions residency on Governor's Island this Sunday, August 17, 3-6pm at 403 Colonel's Row. See the Urban Reviewer in analogue and digital form, learn more about the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area from a group of students who have been studying it intensively, and welcome theAeolian Riders to their 10th Birthday Party. There will be music, cupcakes, a pinata and free escorted and costumed kids rides on bikes donated by Blazing Saddles. RSVP on facebook or just come. The ferry's only $2 roundtrip and the party is by donation. 

Intern! Applications! Due!
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, September 2 - November 6, 2014.APPLICATIONS DUE SUNDAY at 11:59pm. Click here for more details and how to apply.

Sharing What We Know and Learning From The Best
This week, Paula is at the Unblight Unconference with the Sunlight Foundation, talking about the power of words to shape our cities, the role of data and tools that really work for people to shape where they live. Check out the projects we're chatting with.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Coney Island, Brooklyn - Join Anthony as he advocates for turning this Mermaid Avenue lot into a place for children and adults to grow. This project is ready for your organizing skills!

Jamaica, Queens - The community around this lot would really like a more reasonable basketball court. This one is a mess (it's in the photo below). Since this is land owned by HPD, in order for thiscrucial playspace to see an improvement, a local organization will need to become its steward and then get the resources to fix it up. We bet a grant from the NYC Citizens' Committee would do it. Do you know a local organization that wants to do this? Contact paula@596acres.org. 

Lots with Access!
A little history about La Casita Verde: the Williamsburg II Urban Renewal plan designated these 2 lots for future use as a park. The plan was adopted in 1984, giving the City expanded eminent domain power in this neighborhood, and remains active today. This is a strong argument for a long term multi-use space at this site! We're so glad to have put tools in the organizers hands to make this planners' dream start finally coming true!

BK Rot is hosting their first meeting at their new site at 1278 Myrtle between (between Dekalb Ave and Cedar Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) this Saturday Saturday August 16th at 3pm. Show up and help this new space get going and give your input! Email sandranurse@riseup.net for more information.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - August 7, 2014

07 August 2014

#25!


GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations to Smiling Hogshead Ranch, who signed a lease with the MTA this past week after two years of organizing, negotiating, and growing in the space at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place) in Long Island City, Queens. Visit their blog to read about what they grow, how they got started, and upcoming events. Want to check out their space? The Two Row Camp is hosting an overnight camp at the Ranch this Saturday, August 9th, starting at 7 pm with a potluck! Contact smilinghogsheadranch@gmail.com to get the details.

Want to intern with us?
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, September 2 - November 6, 2014. Tasks will include tabling at fun events, putting up signs on vacant lots, helping with follow-up and transcription from the April 22-23 Vacant Acres Symposium, and helping us with our second-ever gala fundraiser (Mapping Matters on October 2 at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO) and more! Click here for more details and how to apply.

We lot labeled in Weeksville, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens!
Yesterday we headed out to Weeksville, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens to label a bunch of lots!  The highlight of our adventures was visiting the five lots that sit on Rochester Ave and Suydam Place in Weeksville which were planned as open space way back in 1968! We chatted with neighbors who were excited to hear that they could make this park come true. They're going to start talking to their block association about reaching out to their elected officials to get this thing movin'!

Special thanks to Murray Cox for coming along and taking the beautiful photos at the top and bottom of this newsletter! See them all here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Leora is the director of a woman's empowerment program that also teams up with GEMS, a non-profit that helps girls who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. After a visit to an urban farm in Harlem last year, girls in the program were eager to get gardening. Leora would like to turn the vacant lot on 2803 8th Ave near 149th Street into a garden that can be used by the community and maintained by the GEMS team. Want to help? Email or call Leora and let her know you'd like to go door-to-door with her!:917-337-0147 or leora@goddess-onthego.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Manny has lives in his neighbor for 35 years and says the block he lives on could really use a garden. The corner lot at 511 Liberty Ave might be just the spot! Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connect to Manny.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development and found out that while the lot at821 Willoughby is slated for development in 2017 the plans are vague and this might be a good place to pursue a temporary GreenThumb garden. If you're interested, contact Neha at chhedane@gmail.com  or 917-589-3404 to help organize a meeting!

Lots with Access!
Keap Fourth Community Garden is having a workday session TONIGHT, Thursday, August 7th from 6-8pm. Head over to the corner of Keap Street and Fourth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn help clean up and sow some Fall greens!

Patchen Community Square (Patchen Avenue at Putnam Avenue, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) is having their monthly meeting this Saturday, August 9th at 11 am. Read the latest on their website about the happenings in the garden.

Harlem Valley Garden needs help! Head over to their workday and BBQ happening this Sunday, August 10th kicking off at 10 am at 97 West 134th St (at Malcom X Blvd, Harlem, Manhattan). Join the Facebook event here.

BK Rot is hosting their first meeting at their new site at 1278 Myrtle between (between Dekalb Ave and Cedar Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) on Saturday August 16th at 3pm. Show up and help this new space get going and give your input! Email sandranurse@riseup.net for more information.

Know a lot that needs a cleaning?
You can request a lot cleanings for any lot in the city through the Department of Sanitation. It doesn't matter if the lot is publicly or privately owned! Read more here.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot.
 Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - July 31, 2014

01 August 2014
visit urban reviewer on governor's island now through august 17th!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Visit our intern Faith Tiltilawo on Fridays and Saturdays from NOW through August 17th at 596 Acres' residency within Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres is premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation (pictures at the top and bottom of this newsletter) all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. Read about the project from the perspective of Matt Delsesto, who has been visiting HPD regularly since 2012 gathering the data to make this maphere.

Our intern Mary Bereschka (pictured at the bottom of this newsletter!) handcrafted this beautiful physical map with graphic design by Partner & Partner.
 Go check it out!The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.

These great photos are courtsey of Greg Mihalko of Partner & Partners. Check out more of them here.

We're lot labeling in Weeksville!
Join us next Wednesday, August 6th at 4 pm for some lot labeling! We'll be meeting at corner of Utica and Fulton, half a block from the Utica A/C Train Station and hanging signs up on vacant, city-owned lots in the surrounding blocks. Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 if you have questions!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Shawana's been wanting to start garden with lawn space in her neighborhood for awhile. She's interested in two corner lots at 342 Van Siclen and at 437 Glenmore, which used to be a garden in the past. If you live in the area and want to help Shawana organize, give her a call at: 347-707-5924.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Mark has lived across from 463 Tompkins for almost 8 years and is excited to realize a community space could be created there - somewhere for seniors to relax and for kids to hang out. He's interested in reinvigorating the momentum that neighbors had for this space last year and wants to hold a meeting this August. Live on the block? Contact Mark at thatartistmark@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Neighbor Pat has over 30 supportive neighbors who all want to participate in a new garden at 687A Hancock Street. Pat's been speaking with GreenThumb and his local community board, Brooklyn CB3, and is about to submit an application!


Lots with Access!
A Small Green Patch (on Bergen St near 4th Avenue, Brooklyn) is holding a general meetingthis Saturday, August 2nd at two times: 12 pm and 4 pm. Learn how you can get involved!


Siempre Verde (at Stanton and Attorney Streets, Lower East Side) is hosting a workshop next Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on worm bin harvesting and using a new compost app from Green Map. Help the garden harvest its compost and worm bins and as a bonus you will also learn to use Green Map System's fast fun new Mobile Site Collector! The app makes it easy to collect, photograph and chart composting, even in areas without wifi.Pretty neat!

NYC COLLABORATORS

Artfully Unforgotten is a non-profit arts organization that uses art and creativity as a tool to raise awareness and engage under-served communities in social and environmental issues. Their main project, DIG IN ART, is an arts-based program that hosts a series of workshops in areas where household income falls below the median income level. There are no age limits for participants, and workshops can be adapted for people with disabilities! They're currently searching for spaces where they could host their workshops this Fall. If you're in a garden that can help, contact alda@artfullyunforgotten.org.

This Saturday, August 2nd GreenThumb is hosting two awesome workshops! In the Bronx you can attend Radical Woman Creating Resilient Communities, from 10 am to 5 pm at The Point CDC (940 Garrison Avenue at Barretto Street). If you're Brooklyn, head over to Phoenix Community Garden (in the triangle at Fulton and Sommers Streets) for Fall Planting and Season Extension from 11 am to 12:30 pm to learn how to make the most of your garden through the seasons! These workshops are free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!





yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - July 24, 2014

24 July 2014
two new gardens in the 596 acres network!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations, Bushwick!
Yesterday we had some exciting news: Nancy Kohn, Director of NYC Parks GreenThumb, confirmed that 1278 Myrtle Avenue (between Dekalb Avenue and Cedar Street) in Bushwick, Brooklyn was transferred into the jurisdiction of the Parks Department for use as a GreenThumb garden. HURRAY!

Congratulations to BK Rot (that's some of their team, pictured above) who, after two years of organizing, submitted a proposal to GreenThumb this past December and have patiently awaited a response. Before the end of the week the group will be signing an agreement and submitting a list of volunteers to get official access to this string of neglected city-owned properties. Since the land was transferred even before the agreement was signed, neighbors and organizers can comfortably plan for a garden that has a very, very long life.

Congratulations, Harlem!
In April, the organizers for Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden signed a lease with Housing Preservation and Development and have been working with GreenThumb to get set up. They also recently received a grant from Citizens Committee of New York. Double Congrats!

Yesterday we went lot labeling in Brownsville.
Some highlights:  this beautiful and shady corner lot at 511 Liberty Ave (that's Faith, our intern, labeling it in the photo at the bottom of the newsletter!), a long and skinny lot at 202 Wyona Street that's next door to a daycare center, and this lot at 347 Glenmore, which was once a garden prior to 2002. Know any neighbors?

We're on Governor's Island
Visit our intern Faith most Fridays and Saturdays from July 25th through August 17th at 596 Acres' residency within Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres will be premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.


NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors organizing at 265-269 West 126th Street are super close to getting their license with GreenThumb to turn this Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot into Mandela Park! Next on the agenda: get rid of the concrete! Can you help? If you'd like to volunteer helping the gardeners with removing and hauling, or if you have a great tip for an organization that can help, contact Rene at 917-275-6577 or renecalvo@gmail.com.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - On Tuesday night a few of the folks interested in reactivating the campaign to start a garden at 375 South 5th Street, which was designated as Open Space in the Southside Urban Renewal Plan, met to hash out a work plan. Contact mary@596acres.orgor call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get looped in!

South Bronx - There's a lot at 672 St. Ann's Ave that sits next to a garden association and would be great space to extend. Do you know someone who's a member? You can also reach out to Ismael, a new organizer, about other ideas for a project: izzyq5@gmail.com or 718-781-0608.

Lots with Access!
Keap Fourth Community Garden (at the corner of South 4th Street and Keap Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) is looking for musicians to play for their visiting daycare group on Mondays mornings from 10:30 am to 11 am. This gig pays around $20-30 each session, depending on a donation from parents of $1 per child. Contact tanythb@gmail.com if you're interested.

La Casita Verde (at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Division Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) needs help spreading their soil delivery! Starting Today, July 24th they're hosting workdays each Tuesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Just show up!

NYC COLLABORATORS

Are you growing, local to NYC? Sell to these guys! Nextdoorganics has a strong commitment to sourcing from new, young, urban, and activist farmers and farming groups that are helping transition us into a sustainable hyper-local food system. They can arrange upfront payments with these types of farms to help them get off the ground each season. Two days ago NextDoorOrganics made their first purchase from a New York City growers, Feedback Farms. Awesome!

Next Wednesday, July 30th GreenThumb is hosting Beekeeping 101 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at St. John Cantius Parish (474 New Jersey Ave at Blake Ave, Brooklyn). Learn how hives are built and the basic things you need to know about keeping bees as well as the numerous benefits. Hear about the steps involved in getting trained as a beekeeper and starting a hive of your own. The workshop is free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070.

The team at We Radiate is looking for a few sites where community composters are interested in testing a new tool that will offer detailed analysis of leading compost indicators based on parameters set by the US Composting Council. If your compost crew wants to test out this tool, contact 462 Halsey Community Garden member  and We Radiate co-founder Shashti atsb2696@gmail.com to schedule a 30-45 minute demonstration and appointment.

Job Opportunity!
The New York City Compost Project hosted by Build It Green is looking for a part-time field assistant. Click here for more details and how to apply.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!



yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - July 17, 2014

17 July 2014
meet our East New York Farms! extern, Faith

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT, Thursday, July 17th Paula will be presenting Urban Reviewer and discussing 596 Acres as an art and activism practice at Engaging Artists Workshop: ARTIST AS ACTIVIST, hosted by the Artist Volunteer Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street, Manhattan). See you there!

Meet Faith!
Faith, our summer intern through an externship through East New York Farms!, has a passion for food justice and community building. She's worked with the Youth Food Council, Miracle Corners of the World, and Project Bridge. She is starting at Hunter College this Fall and has aspirations to one day become a doctor! Visit Faith most Fridays and Saturdays from July 24th through August 17th at 596 Acres' residencywithin Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres will be premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.
 
Lot Labeling!
Come labeling lots with us next Wednesday, July 23rd from 3 pm to 6 pm in Brownsville, Brooklyn! We'll be meeting at the C Train's Liberty Avenue Station, at the corner of Pennsylvania and Liberty Avenues. Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

 
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Brownsville, Brooklyn - Saul and his brother would love to start a garden, maybe at the long block-wide lot on 467 Vermont Street or the lot around the corner tucked into Wyona Street that used to be a garden in the past. Are you a neighbor? Want to help? Call or email Saul at 646-234-5911 or saulzorrilla.c@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - The lot at 136 West 137th is just waiting for neighbors to organize! We spoke with Ms. Walters, Director of Planning for Housing Preservation and Development for Manhattan, who let us know that there are no plans for development at this space. This is a great opportunity to start a new community space in Harlem!

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn - Stephanie would like to start a garden with children's programs in this 20 by 20 foot lot on Degraw Street that's tucked behind a parking lot. Email Stephanie at stephaniemarden@gmail.com or call 347-661-5883 to get involved!

Lots with Access!
EL Garden is having their open monthly meeting this Saturday, July 19th starting at 3 pm at the garden (120 Jefferson Street at Evergreen Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn). If you can't make the next one but would like to be involved, email el.garden@gmail.com.

Patchen Community Square (Patchen Avenue at Putnam Ave in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) is having a shed-raising party this Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th and would love volunteers! Read more on their blog and contact 
at Kyle at kyle.twitchell@gmail.com with questions.

La Casita Verde in received over 150 cubic yards of soil from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and 50 cubic yards of compost from the Department of Sanitation! Want to help them spread it all out and meet other gardeners? They're hosting upcoming work days on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in front of the garden (451 Bedford Ave at Division Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). If these times don't fit into your schedule, contact info@lacasitaverdenyc.org to schedule another time to go by and help out. (Stay tuned: soon the La Casita Verde will be accepting food waste from the neighborhood too!)

NYC COLLABORATORS
TONIGHT, July 17th from 5:30 to 7 pm GreenThumb is hosting a Creative Garden Design and Native Plant Giveaway at Carolina Community Garden (121 East 122nd Street near Park Avenue, Manhattan). Learn how to explore the basic elements and best practices of designing planting spaces. The workshop is free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070. 


TONIGHT, July 17th from 7 pm to 9 pm the Conference House Association and theConference House Park is hosting a free screening of "Growing Food on Staten Island" by Jay Weichun at the Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park at 298 Satterlee Street, on Staten Island). This documentary on food production on Staten Island features a diverse group of gardeners and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker following the showing. No need to RSVP, just show up!

The New York City Community Garden Coalition is holding their July general meeting in two locations TONIGHT, Thursday, July 17th at 6:30pm. In Manhattan they'll be meeting at 6BC Botanical Garden, located on the south side of 6th Street between Ave B & C in the East Village. (If it rains, head next door to Sixth Street Community Center, located next door at 638 East 6th Street). In the Bronx, head over to Nos Quedamos, located at 754 Melrose Avenue between 156th & 157th Streets. If you get lost, contact Ana Melendez at 718- 585-2323or amelendez@nosquedamos.org or contact Ray Figueroa at 646-337-1087 or ray@friendsofbrookpark.org.

This Friday, July 18th join the Bringing Art to Life Series will be hosting an evening event at the Powell Street Garden (410 Livonia Avenue between Powell and Junius Streets) from 4 pm to 7 pm. Free music, dancing, and activities for all ages! Contact Sarita Daftary at 718-625-0080 extension 235 or sdaftary@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

Keap Fourth Community GardenGrand Street Community Garden, and La Casita Verde are all new sites in the El Puente Green Light District that 596 Acres helped start in the last year. Check out this awesome video made by El Puente!

Last week 596 Acres attended a meeting of the newly-formed New York City Compost Council hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Department of Sanitation's New York City Compost Project. Are you a community composter in search of your fellow soil-makers? Contact Louise Bruce (lbruce@dsny.nyc.gov) to get added to the growing list! If you'd like to read more about the Ecology Center's composting project and how's it has evolved over the years, read this great article in BioCycle Magazine. We're excited to be working with the New York City Compost Project to bring community composting initiatives (and compost itself!) to your neighborhoods. (That's one of their big piles, pictured below!)

Join Citizens Commitee for New York City for petitioning for allowing local restaurants and businesses to give a portion of their food scraps to local community composting initiatives. How to get started? You and the owners of your favorite restaurants can signthis petition to keep those millions of tons of food scraps in our communities to create rich soil for our plants!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


Want to host a short film?
Interested in hosting a film short about food or farming in your garden space? Real Food Media Project is looking for spaces to host its Pop-Up Film Festivals. They provide the films, flyers and event toolkit to throw a great screening. Click here to fill out the online form, and you'll be sent the details to access all the free host materials.

Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!



yours,
596 Acres 


News From the Acres - July 10, 2014

10 July 2014
we've got an update from every borough!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT, Thursday, July 10th we'll be celebrating our recently launched tool, Urban Reviewer, at OpenPlans' OpenRoof party. Mingle and enjoy learning about over 150 adopted neighborhood master plans of New York City since 1952, many of which are still active today. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm at 148 Lafayette Avenue (in the Penthouse!) between Grand Street and Canal Street. Hope to see you there!

Can't make it tonight? Next Thursday, July 17th Paula will be presenting Urban Reviewer and discussing 596 Acres at Engaging Artists Workshop: ARTIST AS ACTIVIST, hosted by the Artist Volunteer Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street, Manhattan).

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

Volunteer opportunity!
Want to volunteer for us by doing a little internet research about tech firms in NYC? We need your help! Even for an hour. Send a note to paula@596acres.org.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

South of the Varrizano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island - Harry is working on getting the support of his community board to start a community garden at this Department of Citywide Administrative Services lot on Sand Avenue. He's presenting at the Staten Island Community Board meeting on September 18th, so he has plenty of time to get the support of more neighbors and local organizations. Give Harry a call at 347-422-3658 if you'd like to help.

Harlem, Manhattan - After over two years of organizing, neighbors in support of a garden at 227 West 115th Street submitted their GreenThumb application at the end of May. Now they're waiting to hear back that hopefully the Department of Citywide Administrative Services is willing to transfer this piece of land, the Parks Department is willing to accept it, and that GreenThumb will help license this valuable new community space!

Coney Island, Brooklyn - Franco lives near two lots snuggled into the middle of 20th Street near Mermaid Avenue. He's like to start a garden! Call Franco at 347-942-6339 to help plan the first meeting.

Rockaway, Queens - This coming Monday, July 14th 596 Acres is presenting at the Queens Community Board 14 Land Use and Housing Committee meeting. Join us and other organizing groups (357 Beach 43rd and 422 Beach 43rd) as we share what we've learned about land access and get to know the committee's process for earning a letter of support. It's at 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th at Rockaway Freeway).

Lots with Access!
EL Garden is having a workday this Saturday, July 12th starting at 12 pm. They'll be building garden beds, spreading mulch, watering, having fun, and building community! Join the Facebook event here. Like to become an active garden member? Open monthly meetings are every 3rd Saturday of the month at 3 pm. (That's their awesome sign at the top of the newsletter!) If you can't make the next one but would like to be involved, email el.garden@gmail.com.

462 Halsey Community Garden is holding a sign-up for GrowNYC's Fresh Foodbox Program this Saturday, July 12th from 11am to 2:30 pm. For only $10 a week you can pick up fresh, locally grown produce at the garden! Cash, Credit/Debit & EBT accepted!Also at the garden on Sunday, July 13th is a free vegan body-building workshop that will teach you to strengthen your body and emphasize the importance of plant-based nutrition, hosted by a community activist, personal trainer and boxing instructor. Please RSVP by 'joining' the Facebook event.

NYC COLLABORATORS

TONIGHT, July 10th from 5:30 to 7 pm GreenThumb is hosting the workshop "Grow Your Garden Group" at Sunflower Garden (East 137th Street at Cypress Avenue, Bronx). Learn how to create procedures and agreements to create a strong garden and tips for successful events that will draw in new members. You must RSVP!: 212-788-8070.

Join Citizens Commitee for New York City for one of two free workshops they're hosting in Brooklyn this Saturday, July 12th: in East New York from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm you can learn how to build a hoophouse in your community garden, or you can head to Bed-Stuy from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm to learn how to build your own tree guard for your neighborhood street trees! To get more information and RSVP for either event, contact Arif Ullah at aullah@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9580.

The community-led South Bronx Farmers' Market is open! Every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through November you can head over to 138th Street and Alexander Avenue to buy local produce. The market accepts SNAP, WIC, EBT and FMNP checks and will soon be participating n NYC's Health Bucks Program. Awesome!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!


yours,
596 Acres