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News From the Acres - December 11, 2014

11 December 2014

 

#29!


GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We're so excited to announce that Q Gardens is #29 in the 596 Acres network! For two years neighbors have been organizing to turn the MTA property at the corner of East 18th Street and Church Avenue in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn into a garden. After gaining the support of their community board, local businesses, residents, and organizations, the group joined the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust, who singed a lease with the MTA that became official this past Monday! The plans shown above were created by Hilliker Landscape Design under the supervision of Grain Collective, who generously gave their time to craft plans for the space. A collaboration of resident dedication, shared skills, and a passion for community open space means this empty lot will soon be a neighborhood hot spot!

PACK THE COURT! 
Stand with Boardwalk Community Garden as they head to court this Monday, December 15th to continue to fight for the garden's land, which was was illegally bulldozed in December 2013 to make way for a $53 million City-funded amphitheater (learn more). Join us at the Brooklyn State Supreme Court at 360 Adams Street (near Brooklyn Borough Hall, between Johnson Street and Joralemon Street) to rally at 10:30am and enter the court at 12:15 pm. Help us set a powerful precedent for community garden preservation in NYC! See you there!

New Grant!
Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. Nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501c3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that benefit their community can apply. Grants range from $325 to $500! Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter for a link to Green For Your Green, our site's page with lots more grants!

Intern with us!
We're looking for an intern to join us for ten weeks from January 6th to March 12th, 2015. Get more information here! Applications are due by 5:59 p.m. next Friday, December 19th, toorganizers@596acres.org with the subject 'Winter 2015 Intern Application.' It's 100 hours of mind expansion!

NEWS FROM THE ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Project East New York is holding their first meeting to discuss creating a new garden at 467 Vermont Avenue at the corner of Blake Avenue this Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm at JHS 166 George Gershwin (800 Van Siclen Avenue between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue). Contact Luwana at 917-342-2072 or luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org with questions. All interested neighbors welcome!

Rockaway, Queens - After months of organizing and going door-to-door, neighbor Alexis is getting a letter of support from Queens Community Board 14 to start a free food hub and educational garden at357 Beach 43rd Street at the corner of Beach Channel Drive. Next step? Wrapping up the application and sending it to GreenThumb! Contact alexissmallwood@yahoo.com or call 347-606-9925 to learn more!

Rockaway, Queens - There are two huge lots surrounding PS 106: one on Sprayview Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streets and another on the other side of the block on Edgemere Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streets. According to Housing Preservation and Development, this would be a great site for a temporary community garden and an organizing space for future involvement with the Arverne East development site (which is not scheduled to start for at least a few years). Students and teachers could be involved! Let's start planning! Emailorganizers@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Whitestone, Queens  - Along 150th Place between 15th Drive and 17th Avenue is a Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lot next to St. Luke's School and a lovely block of houses. Are you a neighbor or know someone at the school? Let us know! Shoot organizers@596acres.organ email or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - In the middle of a busy block with lots of apartments and plenty of neighbors sits 112 Seigal Street between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street. This spot cold be turned into a garden or hang out spot! Email mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get started!

LOTS WITH ACCESS
The Electric Ladybug Garden (237 West 111th Street between Frederick Douglas Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem) is excited to be partnering with Harlem Grown, who is lending expertise and providing some basic materials to help launch the newly-licensed GreenThumb garden to begin growing this spring. Read the press release and scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see some neighbors picking up veggies at an event that both gardens held!

Edgemere Farm (Beach 46th Street at Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway) still has spots open in their winter CSA! If you live in Rockaway, here's your chance to get a share of local veggies to keep you going through the winter! Click here to see what they have to offer!

COLLABORATORS
Join the Arts East New York community this Saturday, December 13th from 11am to 8 pm atArtsplosion!, a winter celebration and special preview-opening of (re)NewLots, a community driven artist and vendor incubator on land that has been overlooked for decades. The event will be from 11am to 8 pm at 170 New Lots Ave at Van Sinderen Avenue, Brooklyn. There will be raffles, giveaways, and complimentary hot chocolate along with performances by Arts East New York artists.

The first ever South Bronx Farmers & Holiday Market is this Saturday, December 13th from 11 am to 5 pm at The Bronx Museum of The Arts (1040 Grand Concourse between 165th and 166th Streets, in the Lower Gallery). Buy products and goods made by Bronx residents for yourself or for the perfect holiday gift! Admission is free, but pre-register for a chance to win a gift basket! As always, the market will accept SNAP/EBT cards for qualifying food purchases!

Are you a community composter in NYC?
Fill out this survey to help the Department of Sanitation serve you better!

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 - December 4, 2014

04 December 2014
spring is soon!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

The Citizens Committee 2015 Neighborhood Grants are here! Citizens Committee of New York City awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects. They support projects that address issues that communities identify as important to them - anything from community gardens to tenant organizing. The application is due January 26th, 2015, and before then there are several application workshops you can attend! Contact grants@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9563 with questions. Check out our Green for Your Green page (linked at the bottom of this newsletter) for other grant opportunities!

Looking for a holiday gift?
Help support 596 Acres by purchasing Gracias Por Guiarme: Paper y tierra, book-documentary that explores different personal perspectives on communal land ownership in modern Mexico. Set in the state of Oaxaca, dialogues, drawings and historical research to introduce the reader to the crazy quilt that is the legal structure of land there two decades after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Books are handmade by our elves and so cute! In addition to selling them online, come get one from us this Monday, December 8th at Nextdoorganics' Holiday Market from 7 to 9 pm at 360 Throop Avenue at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn.

Are you a community composter in NYC?
Fill out this survey to help the Department of Sanitation serve you better!

NEWS FROM THE ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Project East New York is holding their first meeting to discuss creating a new garden at 467 Vermont Avenue at the corner of Blake Avenue. The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm at JHS 166 George Gershwin (800 Van Siclen Avenue between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue). Contact Luwana at 917-342-2072 or luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org with questions. All interested neighbors welcome!

Tremont, Bronx - Edwin wants to create a garden space in the lot next door to his house at 1900 Marmion Avenue at Fairmount Place, but needs help getting started! Please spread the word if you live in the Bronx or have friends or family that do! They can reach out to Edwin (who speaks English and Spanish) by emailing edwin11arevalo@gmail.comor calling 914-403-6909.

Jamaica, Queens - At 105-45 62nd Drive (between 108th Street and Yellowstone Boulevard) there a paved Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lot that's sitting adjacent to an apartment building in a spot with lots of sunlight! Interested? Give us a call at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email us at organizers@596acres.org to help you get started!

Rego Park, Queens - There's a pathway 10 feet wide and almost 100 feet long sitting next to Peters Field, behind a row of houses that sit on 183rd Place between Henderson Avenue and 104th Avenue. What could it be used for? A walk-through art gallery? A garden? Contact us at organizers@596acres.org or call us at 718-316-6092 ext 3 to share you idea.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Join Smiling Hogshead Ranch (25-30 Skillman Avenue at Pearson Place, Long Island City, Queens) for a winterizing weekend! This last event of the season includes winterizing and protecting tender, young fruit trees, sowing wildflower seeds, garlic, and cover crops, and applying mulch where needed. Light drinks and snacks provided! Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and snacks or something to share. The rain date will be the same time on Sunday, December 7th. Check out the Facebook event here!

Keap Fourth Community Garden (at the corner of Keap Street and South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) is looking for a Master Composter as an addition to their garden community! They'll even pay your way to complete the course and transportation to and from the training! Check out the class info here and contact them as soon as possible if you're interested.

On November 22nd Feedback Farms finished moving from their home at Myrtle Village Green to their new site at The Doe Fund's Opportunity Center (89 Porter Avenue between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn). That's Tom from Feedback Farms pictured at the top of the newsletter, directing a bobcat! See all the photos on the'Facebook album (photo credit Murray Cox)!

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition invites all to attend their board meetingTONIGHT, Thursday, December 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in seeing how the coalition operates or are considering running for the board, attend! Non-members are welcome as well! Please email Mara for the meeting address and a copy of the current bylaws at mara.gittleman@nyccgc.org.

GreenThumb is hosting a tool supply giveaway this Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 1 pm at their compound at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Gardens in good standing can pick up up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your garden, one pickup per group!  Gardeners picking up for others must notify GreenThumb by calling 212-788-8070.

Maggie's Magic Garden (1574 Lexington Avenue between East 100th Street and East 101st Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan) is holding their annual tree lighting event this Saturday, December 6th from 6 pm to 7 pm. All are welcome!

If you're a member of a garden with a GreenThumb license that is on Parks Department land, it's time to renew! GreenThumb is looking to sync the re-licensing of all these spaces at once. This process includes updating your open hours, general rules, membership guidelines, and more! Contact GreenThumb to find out more details: call 212-788-8070 or call greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov.

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 

Harlem Valley Garden (197 West 134 Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Manhattan) finally has a sign, and it was made by students of Harlem Success Academy North Central!

News From the Acres - November 28, 2014

28 November 2014
we're thankful for our community spaces!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We're so thankful for all the awesome people we've met in the past year. We hope that through your organizing you, too, have encountered wonderful neighbors that you might not have met otherwise. Join and us and them at some events next week! Happy Holidays!

Events next week
Nextdoorganics and the Local Food Lab are hosting GENTRIFY HERE: A panel discussion on gentrification and the food system Tuesday, December 2nd from 7 pm to 9 pm at Nextdoorganics Brooklyn Hub (360 Throop Avenue at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn). Paula from 596 Acres will be on panel! This is a free event and all are welcome!

596 Acres, Interference Archive, and Sunview Luncheonette are presenting Right to Wynwood, an investigative documentary that explores the causes and effects of gentrification in Wynwood, Miami FL, Miami's oldest Puerto Rican community, which transformed into the city's largest art district. Join this free film showing and panel discussion with the filmmakers Wednesday, December 3rd from 8 pm to 10 pm at the Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Avenue at North Henry Street, Brooklyn). RSVP to the Facebook event!

Looking for a holiday gift?
Help support 596 Acres by purchasing Gracias Por Guiarme: Paper y tierra, book-documentary that explores different personal perspectives on communal land ownership in modern Mexico. Set in the state of Oaxaca, dialogues, drawings and historical research to introduce the reader to the crazy quilt that is the legal structure of land there two decades after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Books are handmade by our elves and so cute!

Lots labeled in Harlem!
On Tuesday we labeled this skinny lot at 112 West 130th across the street from a church and a few doors down from a music association. It might be the perfect spot for neighborhood BBQs, a pocket park, or a dog run! Reach out to us if you're interested by emailing organizers@596acres.org or calling 718-316-6092 ext 3.

A block south there's another lot at 123 West 129th on a block that might love a new hang out spot. The lot is only about 12 feet wide, but almost 100 feet deep. What could it be used for?

Do you live near the long stretch of lots on East 126th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues? We posted our Urban Reviewer signs (pictured at the bottom of this newsletter) so that neighbors are aware that these parcels are a part of the Harlem-East Harlem Urban Renewal Plan.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Edgemere, Rockaway - Last Saturday marked the last market stand day of a successful season at Edgemere Farm (at the corner of Beach 46th Street and Beach Channel Drive). Check out farmer Julie and her cabbage pictured at the top of this newsletter!

COLLABORATORS
GreenThumb is hosting a tool supply giveaway next Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 1 pm at their compound at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Gardens in good standing can pick up up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your garden, one pickup per group!  Gardeners picking up for others must notify GreenThumb by calling 212-788-8070.

If you're a member of a garden with a GreenThumb license that is on Parks Department land, it's time to renew! GreenThumb is looking to sync the re-licensing of all these spaces at once. This process includes updating your open hours, general rules, membership guidelines, and more! Contact GreenThumb to find out more details: call 212-788-8070 or call greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov.

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 - November 20, 2014

20 November 2014
growing together!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Siempre Verde Garden in the Lower East Side, Manhattan will be on the agenda at the next Manhattan Community Board 3 Full Board meeting next Tuesday, November 25th. The Gardeners hope the committee will ratify the recent Community Board Parks Committee resolution to have their garden's land transferred to the NYC Parks Department. (You can get an update of the full situation by reading this recent article by Curbed.) Head over to PS 20 (166 Essex Street between Stanton and East Houston Streets, Manhattan) next Tuesday night to show your support! That's Samir, pictured above, who testified at the last CB3 hearing on behalf of the garden he loves. Too cute!

Be our intern!
We're looking for an intern to help program and staff the Urban Reviewer at the Queens Art Museum, which will be running from January 11th to February 8th. This 10-week internship means hands-on exhibition and event experience! To learn more, click hereApplications will be accepted until 5 pm on Wednesday, November 26th.

In the Press!
596 Acres is listed as a "solution" on Beautiful Solutions, a platform for sharing to work toward a just, democratic, and resilient future that is a companion to Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything. We're honored!

Last month Paula gave a short talk at the Municipal Arts Society Summit about 596 Acres and the Urban Reviewer. Watch the video here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Edgemere, Queens - Alexis has been going door to door to collect signatures of neighbors who support the plan for a free food hub and educational growing space at 357 Beach 43rd Street (near Beach Channel Drive), and is in the process of getting a letter of support from the Queens Community Board 14. Reach out to her if you'd like to get involved! Contact her at 347-606-9925 oralexissmallwood@yahoo.com.

Morrisania, Bronx - Live close to Melrose Avenue and 161st? Help Raven organize neighbors and get input to plan a potential garden at 405 East 161st Street, a lot snuggled between homes and a church on a street with lots of foot traffic. Email Raven at trotterraven@gmail.com.

East New York, Brooklyn - Attention East New York neighbors: There's a corner lot at 511 Liberty Avenue and Van Siclen Avenue that's perfect for a garden! It even has a big tree for hanging out under in the summer! Contact us at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email organizers@596acres.org.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We met Pat this past summer while we were lot labeling in his neighborhood. He immediately started organizing around 687A Hancock Street, a lot across the street from him home with a big, shady tree in front. Already, Pat's been able to collect all the items needed for a GreenThumb application, including a letter of support from Brooklyn Community Board 3! Fingers crossed that this new garden will be growing by spring.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden (West 111th Street between 8th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard). Had a workday last weekend where they built raised beds and held a garden visioning session. Pictured at the bottom of this newsletter is one drawing of a vision! Head over to their Facebook to see more. Want to join? Email theloton111@gmail.com orerica@turnyourlightson.org.

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition is holding their monthly meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Lower East Side, Manhattan). This is a great chance to connect with other gardeners throughout the boroughs and get updates from threatened gardens. Paula and Mary from 596 Acres will be there, too!

Did you know this week is Geography Awareness Week? Open Street Map is hosting Map Community Gardens on Open Street Map this Saturday, November 22nd from 12 pm to 3 pm at The Bark Room at Parsons School of Design (the ground floor of 2 West 13th Street, Manhattan). This is a chance to share your information about community gardens on a platform that can be edited by you and your neighbors and help document your valuable community spaces. No experience mapping is necessary, but you do need to bring a laptop. Read more here and RSVP 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 atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - November 13, 2014

13 November 2014
it's oyster season!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We're working with Earth Matter and The New York Harbor School Foundation to help them find a temporary space to resume the Billion Oyster Project Shell Recycling Program. This incredible project collects used oyster shells from seafood restaurants and uses them to house and grow more oysters! The project aims to restore one billion oysters to the New York City Harbor over the next twenty years and educate young people about the ecology and economy of our waterways along the way. For the last year the project has been using a parking lot on Governors Island for curing and storing aged shells, but is expanding (hooray!) and in need another temporary location that is at least half an acre in size. We're working with the EDC to find a suitable space, but do you know of any privately owned sites that might be a good fit? Contact Albert Carreras at albert@earthmatter.org.

GreenThumb's Resources Page
Existing GreenThumb gardens will be happy to find downloadable application forms for soil, lumber, and open hours signs, and online applications for other various types of signage on GreenThumb's updated Resources page. You can also request a letter to access a hydrant permit from the DEP, update your membership and contact information, and share your upcoming gardens events! If you're a member of a GreenThumb garden, make sure your group takes a look at this page!

School Garden Grant Deadline TOMORROW!
Scroll down to the Green For Your Green at the bottom of this newsletter to learn more about The Nature Conservancy and Grow to Learn NYC's Nature Works Everywhere Grant, providing resources and funding to your existing or future school garden!

In the Press This Week
In addition to Fast Company publishing an article discussing both of our maps, our little movie "Living Lots as a Solution" made Shareable's list of 8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement. Give it a watch!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Kevin, the director of Progressive Youths Soccer Academy in East New York, is looking for a piece of land to convert into a new playing field for this active non-profit to use! He's interested in several Department of Citywide Administrative Services-ownedlots between 155th and 153rd Avenues along 78th Street, which could be a wonderful addition to Spring Creek Park! Live in the area and want to help Kevin get this project rolling? Contact him at blacstoc@gmail.com.

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The organizers for the future Hooper Street Park (375 South 5th Street at Hooper Street) have collected several letters of support from the local neighborhood groups: the church nearby, two daycare centers, Los Sures, and El Puente. Wow! This group is close to submitting a GreenThumb application so that soon this site, which was planned as open space in the Southside Urban Renewal Area, can be truly open to the public!

Jackson Heights, Queens - There's a paved lot that connects 78th and 79th Streets near Northern Boulevard. How is it being used now? What could it be used for? Emailmary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to let us know what you think!

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden (West 111th Street between 8th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) is ready to get growing on their space! They have a fresh cap of dirt down thanks to GreenThumb and New York Restoration Project. Want to join? Email theloton111@gmail.com or erica@turnyourlightson.org.

Lower East Side, Manhattan - Join Siempre Verde Garden TONIGHT, Thursday, November 13th to ask Manhattan Community Board 3's Parks Committee to endorse the garden's request for permanence by having their space transferred to the NYC Department of Parks. Head over to BRC Senior Services Center (30 Delancey Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) at 6:30 pm.

Bushwick, Brooklyn - That's EL Garden (Evergreen Avenue and Jefferson Street) pictured at the top of the newsletter at their BBQ and tree giveaway last month!

COLLABORATORS
GreenThumb is hosting a Tool Maintenance Workshop TONIGHT, Thursday, November 13thfrom 6 pm to 7 pm at the New York Botanical Garden (200 Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx). Bring your pruning tools for cleaning and sharpening to extend their lifetime indefinitely, making gardening easier and safer! Call 212-788-8070 for details!

Did you know next week is Geography Awareness Week? Open Street Map is hosting Map Community Gardens on Open Street Map next Saturday, November 22nd from 12 pm to 3 pmat The Bark Room at Parsons School of Design (the ground floor of 2 West 13th Street, Manhattan). This is a chance to share your information about community gardens on a platform that can be edited by you and your neighbors and help document your valuable community spaces. No experience mapping is necessary, but you do need to bring a laptop. Read more here and RSVP 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!

The Nature Conservancy and Grow to Learn NYC are collaborating to promote environmental education through the Nature Works Everywhere grant for school gardens.  This grant package offers money to be spent on materials and an educator stipend, educational workshops, coaching and support, and more! This grant may be used to support a new garden or to enhance an existing garden. Due THIS FRIDAY November 14, 2014 by 5:00pm.  Questions and comments may be sent to  natureworks@tnc.org. Learn more and download application HERE.

yours,
596 Acres 

Sharing successes and struggles at Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week.

News From the Acres - November 6, 2014

06 November 2014
You are now entering an active Urban Renewal Area. 

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

In addition to our signs for all the vacant, public lots in your life, we've got new signs designed byPartner & Partners that let neighbors know if a lot is a part of an active Urban Renewal area! Check out this article from Urban Omnibus that gives some background to how urban renewal has affected our city and recaps our journey creating Urban Reviewer. In addition, to finding our just how much of our city has been impacted by eminent domain as a "blight" reduction strategy, we found 68 lots that were included in the plans as future open spaces that remained vacant lots behind fences. Keap Fourth Community Garden, the Edgemere Farm, and La Casita Verde have all organized to open those lots and realize their visions. Hooper Park is nearly there, too! 

Pictured above is a photo taken by Jenny Akchin, who is organizing around 665 Flushing Avenue, a lot within the Broadway Triangle Urban Renewal Area in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Urban Renewal Areas are neighborhoods that need our participation for healthy planning. Neighbors organizing in these designated areas can lead to incredible results like the only community land trust in Manhattan. Is there an active plan in your neighborhood? Find out!

On the Road with the Community Land Access Advocacy Network
Today Paula is headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to present at the Growing Power International Urban and Small Farm Conference along with our friends from the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit. The workshop, Food for the People - Tactics to Claim Land and Increase Food Sovereignty, will examine strategies for gaining access to, securing, and preserving land in different city contexts and in light of our different personal and cultural privileges. We'll keep you posted on what she learns!

Grant Deadline TOMORROW!
Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter's Green for Your Green section to learn more about a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York CityWe're happy to connect you with resources from other organizations to transform the lots in your lives!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Attention Harlem! Neighbors trying to earn a letter of support from Manhattan Community Board 10 for 109 West 126th Street need your signature to move forward in creating the vegetable growing paradise they're dreaming of. If you live in the area email126streetcommunitygardenapiary@gmail.com or call Tamika at 845-380-4050 to sign on!Spread the word!

Harlem, Manhattan - Harlem-raised Takina has a vision to create a garden and greenhouse on the lots at 1807-09 and 1811-13 Park Avenue that can host workshops for nearby schools. She says, "I'm very involved in my community and feel this is something that can educate, help and rejuvenate this particular Harlem community." Takina is already looking into grants and planning to contact her community board! Call or email her at Takinae@gmail.com or 917-266-3403.

Edgemere, Queens - Dawn and her family would love to work with neighbors to start a garden onBeach 36th Street between Beach Channel Drive and Norton Avenue, next door to the daycare they run. Are you close by? Contact Dawn at 347-299-2533 or grenada347@aol.com.

Arrochar, Staten Island - Gardener Harry made his second presentation at a Staten Island Community Board 2 meeting and was granted a letter of support to start a garden on the two back-to-back lots on Sand Lane near Cedar Avenue. He's wrapping up his application to GreenThumb and hopefully this Department of Citywide Services-owned lots will be transferred to Parks for community use! To get involved call Harry at 347-422-3658.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Long Island City, Queens - Smiling Hogshead Ranch (25-30 Skillman Avenue at Pearson Place) is holding a day-long planting, performance, skill share and potluck event this Sunday, November 9th from 9 am to 6 pm, with the potluck kicking off at 1 pm. Wow! This event is also a part of Permaculture Action Day NYC. Check out the Facebook page for more information! (That's the Ranch's new mailbox pictured at the bottom of the newsletter. Neat!)

Lower East Side, Mahattan - Join Siempre Verde Garden next Wednesday, November 13th to ask Manhattan Community Board 3's Parks Committee to endorse the garden's request for permanence by having their space transferred to the NYC Department of Parks. Head over to BRC Senior Services Center (30 Delancey Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) at 6:30 pm. Join the Facebook event and check out this article by The Lo-Down to get you up to speed with details of the garden's situation.

COLLABORATORS
Did you have trouble keeping your plants growing strong this season? GreenThumb is hosting aSoil Health Workshop this Saturday, November 8th from 10 am to 11:30 am at Hands and Heart Community Garden (on New Lots Avenue at Alabama Avenue, Brooklyn). They will cover all the soil health basics plus what to look for and how to amend! Call 212-788-8070 for details, but there's no need to RVSP! Can't make it? There will be a repeat workshop next Wednesday in Manhattan!

Feedback Farms is moving this weekend and needs your help! Their partnership with the The Doe Fund, a leading homeless services organization, is expanding and they are moving part of their operations from Myrtle Village Green to their home site in Bushwick. Lend a hand this Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th from 10 am to 4 pm, starting at Myrtle Village Green (636 Myrtle Avenue between Kent and Franklin Avenues, Brooklyn) in the morning. To coordinate where to head at a time later than 10 am, please emailthallaran@gmail.com or call or text 203-560-4506.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE TOMORROW!
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 TOMORROW, November 7th.

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - October 29, 2014

30 October 2014
siempre verde: with one voice

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

This past Tuesday night's Manhattan Community Board 3 unanimously voted that Siempre Verde Community Garden's land should be transferred to the Parks Department to be permanently protected as open space. (That's the celebratory group from Tuesday night pictured above!) City Council Member Margaret Chin and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have voiced that Siempre Verde is an important resource to the Lower East Side. The garden will need your support in this continuing process as they visit the board's Parks Committee next month, and thereafter with the Administration. Subscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming meetings!

We are supporting Siempre Verde in this campaign and two other gardens that have reclaimed abandoned private land and their efforts to remain: Maple Street Community Garden in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and Roger That Garden Project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It was great to see Mr. Richard Green from Roger That Garden Project at the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Spark Change breakfast this morning.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Springfield Gardens, Queens - Thomas would like to create a native plant preserve and compost site in the lots on 147th Avenue, across from the southeast side of Springfield Park. Live in the area and want to help? Contact Thomas at 347-866-5114 or email him at tjager727@gmail.com.

Red Hook, Brooklyn - Teacher Johanna from  Brooklyn New School (PS 146) along much of the PTA would love to see the triangular patch of roadbed across from school (and next to the footbridge over the Gowanus Expressway) turned into a garden. Currently the school grows in their playground as part of their science and sustainability curriculum, but would love to expand to include neighbors and their sister schools. Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org to get connected to Johanna!

Harlem, Manhattan - Leora is the director of a women's empowerment program that also teams up with GEMS, a non-profit that helps girls who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. They'd love to start a garden at 136 West 137th Street that can be used by the community and maintained by the GEMS team. Want to help? Email or call Leora at 917-337-0147 or leora@goddess-onthego.com.

Lower East Side, Manhattan - We've been chatting with Haimar, who lives next door to 276 East 3rd Street, who is planning on reaching out to his neighbors to see if they'd like to start a garden with him. There's also a handful of watchers on this lot's page... Time for a meeting! Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org join this potential project!


COLLABORATORS
Roger That Garden Project (at the corner of Rogers Avenue and Parks Place, Brooklyn) is holding a trick-or-treating event TOMORROW, Friday, October 31th from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring the whole family for pumpkin crafts, face painting, compost critters and Halloween candy galore! See the Facebook event for more info, or just show up!!

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem) this Saturday, November 1st at 1 pm for a free workshop on Compost: A New Beginning! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing enviharlem@gmail.com.

Want to donate your decaying jack-o-lanterns to a good cause? Maple Street Community Garden (237 Maple Street between Rogers Avenue and Nostrand Avenue) is holding a pumpkin smash this Sunday, November 2nd where you can donate to the garden compost bin! The garden will supply the baseball bat, you supply the smashing power! There will also be a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, potato sack races, and a Halloween movie. Join the Facebook event here!

The South Bronx Farmers' Market is in the full swing of fall! The market is open every Saturday through November 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm on 138th Street between Willis and Alexander Avenues in the South Bronx and has farmers selling tons of produce, pumpkins, and hot cider! The market accepts SNAP, WIC, EBT and FMNP checks!

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 atorganizers@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.

yours,
596 Acres 

At Tuesday's Manhattan's Community Board 3's meeting we ran into a Mapping Matters tattoo!

News From the Acres - October 22, 2014

24 October 2014
Fall!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Earlier this week, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver voiced his support for the Lower East Side's two-year-old Siempre Verde Community Garden. He said, “The Siempre Verde garden is a vital green space that is enjoyed by so many of our neighbors. Here on the Lower East Side, public parks and gardens are at a premium and we cannot afford to lose this important community treasure. I urge the city to transfer this land to Parks Department so that it can be made a permanent community garden now and into the future.” Wow!

The garden already received an unanimous vote supporting the transfer of the land at the Manhattan Community Board 3 Land Use Committee meeting on October 14th. Next, thatdecision needs to go before the full board this Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm at PS 20 Anna Silver School (166 Essex Street between East Houston & Stanton Streets). Please attend and spread widely! Join the Facebook eventsubscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter, and if you haven't already, sign their petition! A transfer to Parks means neighbors will be able to relax knowing their garden space is not on the list of sites developers are looking at for potential new private construction.

At the MAS Summit
We had a fabulous time at the MAS Summit for New York City today! Paula Z. Segal presented on the connection between a history of urban renewal planning and the development of public open space in our neighborhoods. She shared the Urban Reviewer with advocates thinking about all our possible futures. 

Have questions about your park?
NYC Parks just created a park construction tracking tool. Learn about the phases of the process of building a park and view the active projects in all boroughs! We're excited to see that Melrose Commons Site 32, a huge piece of land along Melrose Avenue between 159th and 160th Streets in the Bronx, has some movin' plans for neighbors to follow up with!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Flatbush, Brooklyn - For almost two years neighbors have been organizing to create Q Gardens (at the corner of Church Avenue and East 18th Street). The vacant lot in their lives is owned by the MTA - it's actually the roof of the subway tunnel! The MTA has agreed to sign a lease with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) so that the local group can join the Trust and use the land. We have designed the garden using the original subway tunnel plans, gotten those plans approved by the MTA and have finalized a lease agreement. Almost there! Now we are just waiting for the lease to be signed by all parties. The Q Gardners will be holding an open, public meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:30pm at The Family Light Holistic Center (717 Coney Island Ave near Cortelyou Road). Anyone interested in joining the future garden is welcome! Additionally, if you have carpentry skills, the group would love help with constructing raised beds and benches. Contact the neighbors at qgardensinfo@gmail.com and keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Also, check out this write-up about them from the Ditmas Park Corner.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The group organizing around 375 South 5th Street got a hold of a missing Brooklyn Community Board 1 letter of support that had been stalling them from applying to GreenThumb. Hooray! This group is one step closer to make the future Hooper Street Park a reality! If you know a local group, church, or organization that would like to get involved or voice their support, contact rainamoore@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Shadel is the founder of Street Poets NYC and interested in turning the little lot at 358 Malcolm X Boulevard into a garden that also displays art and can host community events. Want to team up? Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - In April of 2013 two schools, Mott Hall and Eagle Academy, teamed up with Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and Brooklyn Food Coalition to create the garden on the triangular lot on Fulton and Saratoga, which they've now outgrown! Now Elliott, a social worker for Eagle Academy, is leading a campaign to get temporary access to part of the large lot across the street until it is developed for affordable housing in the future. Elliott is gathering letters of support from local organizations and gardens. Want to help? Know an organization that would love to help make this happen? Email emarucow@hotmail.com.

Lots with access!
Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Java Street Community Garden (59 Java Street between Franklin Avenue and West Street, Brooklyn) is holding their fall festival this Saturday, October 25thfrom 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be fun, food, activities for kids, daffodil planting and information about saving seeds! Costumes encouraged! RSVP to the Facebook event or just show up!

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (204 Columbia Street at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets) is holding their 3rd annual Harvest Fair this Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, October 26th). There will be arts and crafts, food, a pumpkin patch, a pie contest, and more! This event also acts as a farm-to-table workshop for children to understand the importance of where food comes from. All are welcome!

Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden received a shipment of soil from the Parks Department last week and had a handful of volunteers helping them spread it! They also received a donation of trees and plants from Urban Park Rangers and assistance fromFriends of Brook Park(That's their members and volunteers pictured at the bottom of the newsletter, and a few of their youngest members getting into the season at the top of the newsletter!)

COLLABORATORS
East New York Farms! and GreenThumb are holding a Honey Tasting and Honey Harvest Demonstration this Saturday, October 25th from 11 am to 1 p. Taste and learn about honeys made locally and around the world! This event free and will be held at the UCC Youth Farm (612 Schenck Avenue, between New Lots and Livonia Avenues, Brooklyn). Contactdeborah@eastnewyorkfarms.org with questions.

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem) this Saturday, October 25th at 1 pm for a free workshop on seed saving and pumpkin carving! 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.

yours,
596 Acres 

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