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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 

News From the Acres - July 3, 2014

03 July 2014
happy 4th of july!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT! Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public land on the peninsula. Ever considered a bike park? Trips for Kids will be talking about the steps they took to create a bike park on private land in Williamsburg.  Join us at 7 pm for food (and we'll start the meeting at 7:30 pm) at Arverne Pilgrim Church (74-16 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne).

With the help of a Sunlight Foundation OpenGov Grant, this Fall we'll be creating Living Lots NYC, a faster mapping tool that includes key filters, parcel outlines, community board contact information, information about lots that were planned as “open space” under urban renewal, and more. Read Paula's guest blog piece in OpenGov Voices to see how all the pieces fit together.

Save the date!
We're planning an fundraiser for October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We'd love your thoughts about potential food and beverage sponsors and companies that might want to share some of the glory by sponsoring it. Send a message topaula@596acres.org with your awesome thoughts and connections and mark your calendars now!

In your neighborhood
Ever wondered what's buildable on the lots on your block? The Municipal Art Society of New York created Accidental Skyline, an awesome mapping tool that can show you how tall buildings can 
be built!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Coney Island, Brooklyn - After gathering the a few more garden members, Minico has submitted a GreenThumb proposal to turn the lot at 2427 Mermaid into a garden that will host nutrition and cooking workshops for youth. We can't wait to have a 596 Acres' General Meeting there once the gates are unlocked!

Edgemere, Queens - Last night neighbors had a meeting in front of the corner lot at 357 Beach 43rd to share the first draft of their proposal for a garden. Organizers Heather and John will be going door-to-door in the coming weeks to get signatures of support and get input about what neighbors want to see in the space. If you'd like to get involved, give John a call at 212-470-3405 or shoot him an email at jcusirramos41@yahoo.com.

Edgemere, Queens - After visiting the meeting at 357 Beach 43rd, we labeled a large, grassy lot at 350 Beach 47th and chatted with neighbors. (That's us pictured at the top and bottom of the newsletter!) Keith who lives across the street would love to grow vegetables and get the nearby daycare involved. He's going to start talking to his neighbors and sharing the proposal of the Beach 43rd group as inspiration!

South Bronx - Neighbor Tanya says, "I am willing to work along side with with you in rejuvenating this lot into something the community can benefit from." Live in the area and want to help this crew of watchers get together to turn the lots at 840 Tinton Avenue into something better? Become an organizer!

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development who let us know that the plans for developing the two nestled in Maujer Street is several years off and unfunded. This is a great opportunity to create a temporary community space! Become an organizer to gather the watchers together and make something happen!

Lots with Access!
After two decades of organizing, GreenSpace on 4th became a reality for neighbors this past November. Check out their website and this recent article from Park Slope Stoop about the group's journey to turn a Department of Environmental Protection-owned site into a community-run native plant garden.

NYC COLLABORATORS

Eminent domain - it's not for making roads and vacant lots any more! Mortgage debt is property, too. Our bravest politicians are going to force banks to sell it using eminent domain and then refinance for people whose debt is more than the homes are worth. Read this article by the New York Observer to learn more.

GreenThumb and the New York Restoration Project are hosting a workshop this Tuesday, July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Essex Street Community Garden (3030 Fulton Street at Essex Street, Manhattan) on how to properly produce and use finished compost, including how to build a sifter! Materials are limited, you must RSVP to Rebecca at rfitle@nyrp.org or with questions call (212) 333-2552.

Join the NYC Community Composting Council to learn about composting infrastructure in New York City on Tuesday, July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm. A tour of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s composting site in East River Park will be followed by a discussion with representatives from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), and WeCare Organics, the contractor that manages DSNY’s municipal composting sites. Meet at the East River Park Environmental Learning Center, located onEast River Park Promenade at Grand Street, Manhattan. To RSVP, click here.

Project Harmony is holding a series of green workshops in uptown community gardens. ThisWednesday, July 9th the JD Wilson Memorial Garden (located at 219 West 122nd Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem) is hosting "Sustainable Seedlings" from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Just show up!

Build It Green! Compost and the New York City Compost Project is hosting another Beautify Our Bike Lane event this Wednesday, July 9th from 10 am to 12 pm. Help prepare local tree beds along the Vernon Boulevard bike lane in Long Island City by weeding, cultivating the soil, and amending tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive!  Please wear sun protection, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle with you. Water, snacks, gloves, and gardening tools will be provided. RSVP is required, so email compost@bignyc.orgto sign up. Meet at south side of 36th Ave at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens.

Our friends at CaribBeing are hosting an upcoming free family movie series! The first showing is of Akeelah and the Bee on Wednesday, July 9th at Amersfort Park (East 38th Street at Avenue J, Brooklyn). Stay after for by a spelling contest, prizes, and snacks for kids and families! Click here to view the flyer for this and upcoming showings.


 

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 - June 26, 2014

26 June 2014
save the date for october 2nd!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Save the dates!
Next Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public land on the peninsula. Join us at 7 pm for food (and we'll start the meeting at 7:30 pm) at Arverne Pilgrim Church (74-16 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne).

We're planning an event for October 2nd in Downtown Brooklyn. We'd love your thoughts about potential food and beverage sponsors and companies that might want to share some of the glory by sponsoring it. Send a message to paula@596acres.org with your awesome thoughts and connections and mark your calendars now!

In the News
On Monday we were on WFUV with 462 Halsey Community Garden! If you missed us on 90.7FM, you can listen online here.

Special thanks to Technical.lyCityLabPlanetizen and TechPresident for publishing some great press about our recently launched UrbanReviewer. We're looking forward to how New Yorkers use this information, especially in the 62 areas with active urban renewal plans!

Community Land Access Network
Curious what's happening with community land access in other cities? Check out this article about 3000 Acres, our friends down in Melbourne, Australia.

In an article published by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, our colleague Amy Laura Cahn at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia examines the history, present and future of a neighborhood demolished through "renewal" in Philadelphia: Eastwick, the largest urban renewal site in the USA, ever. Read it here.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Edgemere, Queens - Neighbors are holding a meeting next Wednesday, July 2nd at 5:30 pm in front of the corner lot at 357 Beach 43rd to talk about the possibility of turning it into a new growing space. If you live in the area, join us! Give John a call at 212-470-3405 or shoot him an email at  jcusirramos41@gmail.com if you have questions.

Harlem, Manhattan - Manhattan Community Board 10's Parks Committee has given their support for the creation of a garden at 109 West 126th Street. Next the Executive Committee will discuss and hopefully give a letter of support... Fingers crossed!

Harlem, Manhattan - The future Mandela Park on West 126th Street received unanimous support from the Executive Committee of Manhattan Community Board 10! They now have everything they need to submit their application to GreenThumb! This new space should have its gates open in no time!

Bushwick, Brooklyn - A neighbor let us know that former plans for construction at 821 Willoughby are hazy and Housing Preservation and Development (who owns the lot) would be willing to consider a GreenThumb license. There's a new organizer ready to move forward! If you live in the area, give Vanessa a call at 347-813-9438 or email her at urena.vanessa@gmail.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - This huge lot on Sommers Street was planned as open space in the Saratoga Square plan. Any neighbors looking to turn this lot into something special? Give us a call or email at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or organizers@596acres.org.

Lots with Access!
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - A few weeks ago 100 Quincy Community Garden had a visit from a class at Co-op School on Irving Place (that's them at the bottom of the newsletter!) who helped raise some chickens for the garden. They visited the mama hens that laid the eggs the classed helped hatch, and they'll be back again soon to visit the chicks once they're back in the coop.

NYC COLLABORATORS

East New York Farms! (in collaboration with Cypress Hills Local Development CorporationNYRP, and GreenThumb) is giving a free public tour of 5 community gardens this Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 12 pm! Come hear about diverse neighbors sowing the seeds of community in almost two dozen lively gardens. Honey, fruit, chickens, vegetables, and more await! Meet inside the UCC Youth Farm (600 Schenck Avenue between Livonia and New Lots Avenue). Contact Daryl at 718-649-7979 or daryl@eastnewyorkfarms.org.

Learn how to keep trees happy and healthy with the NYC Compost Project's BeautifyOur Bike Lane Street Tree Stewardship in Long Island City, hosted by Build It Green!NYC this Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 12 pm. They'll be weeding, cultivating the soil, and amending tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive, and will provide water, snacks, gloves, and gardening tools. All ages welcome with adult accompaniment. RSVP to compost@bignyc.org. Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes! Meet outside of Socrates Sculpture Park at the opening at Broadway and Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.

Check out the first free screening of Living Rockaways: 3 Stories, a series of short documentaries that celebrate life in the Rockaways and examine challenges for the future, on Monday, June 30th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Far Rockaway Library (1637 Central Ave at Mott Ave). The films were directed and produced by Hunter College graduate students in collaboration with Rockaway Wildfire, a coalition of the 6 Rockaways NYCHA Developments with Community Voices Heard, and other Rockaway residents, businesses and community groups. Join the Facebook event and read more about each short story.

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 

News From the Acres - June 19, 2014

19 June 2014
introducing urban reviewer

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We're super excited to introduce Urban Reviewer, New York City’s first detailed digital map of master plans from 1949 to the present that we created in collaboration with SmartSign andPartner & Partners. The tool details over 150 plans for top-down neighborhood redevelopment, which have affected more than 15,000 lots throughout the five boroughs since the start of the Urban Renewal era.

For almost two years, our dedicated volunteer team of researchers, urban planners, designers and other experts have been working with us to gather all the paper plans from NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and a few secondary sources produced by NYC Government offices. From neighborhoods demolished under eminent domain to open spaces that were never developed, the searchable map allows users to learn more about their neighborhoods in a changing city over the past 65 years.

Search your address, zip code, or filter by a New York City mayor office term. The map also connects all the of currently vacant publicly owned lots that were created through the adoption of a master plan with their corresponding page on the 596 Acres' site! Share your findings and the actions that result from using Urban Reviewer with urbanreviewernyc@gmail.com.

In Harlem this Saturday
GreenThumb's Annual Summer Festival is this Saturday, June 21st from 10 am to 4 pm at the Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater in Harlem, located on West 120th Street between Lenox and Madison. The event will also be filled with live music as well as workshops on canning, birdhouse building, and more! And we'll be there! If you haven't had a chance to pick up our new A New York City Advocate's Guide to Land Access, we'll have plenty to go around.

On the Radio
This past Tuesday, Paula was on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, joined by Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and Steve Frillman,Executive Director of Green Guerillas. Missed it? Have a listen here.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

South Bronx -  On Monday night at the Bronx Community Board 3 meeting we met Patricia, who would love to see this lot at 959 Home Ave near her home turned into a combination garden and play space. Do you live nearby? Do you remember the garden that lived there before? Become a watcher or organizer to stay updated and leave a note!

Flatbush, Brooklyn - This Saturday, June 21st at 2 pm neighbors organizing around the future Q Gardens are holding a bake sale and tree pit beautification event on East 18th Street between Church Avenue and Caton Avenue. They'll be putting up tree guards, laying mulch, planting, and selling delicious treats to raise money for their current and future block projects! Anne at 503-866-7195 (se habla español) or email qgardensinfo@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We met Pat a few weeks ago while labeling this lot on Hancock near Patchen Avenue. Already he's got a list of neighbors who are supportive of a garden, and is going to reach out to Brooklyn Community Board 3 to get on their agenda for a Fall meeting. In the meantime, he'd love to hear from more neighbors who can help him draw up a plan for the space! Give Pat a call at 718-598-4408.

Weeksville, Brooklyn - Teachers and parents from PS.335 / Grandville T. Woods have over 100 signatures of supportive parents and neighbors to turn the little corner lot at 1662 Bergeninto a school and community garden. Next stop: finishing their proposal and arranging a meeting with Brooklyn Community Board 8's Parks Committee!

South of the Varrizano-Narrow bridge, Staten Island - Harry is a Staten Island resident and long time GreenThumb gardener. Now's he's trying to create a new growing space on Sand Lane near Cedar Ave. On Tuesday night he spoke in front of Staten Island Community Board 2 and waiting to hear if they'll write a letter of support. Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connected with Harry!

Cityline, Queens - We're thrilled to see a profile of Misba from BACDYS, the group organizing around this MTA-owned property, in the fourth installment of Stories of Brooklyn Insights. This installment features the growing Bangladeshi community in East New York and "one local leader's efforts to help immigrant families navigate their new home while building bonds across cultures with their fellow Brooklynites". Read it here!

Lots with Access!
Bushwick, Brooklyn - Join EL Garden (120 Jefferson Street between Central Avenue and Evergreen Avenue) for their monthly meeting this Saturday, June 21st from 3 pm to 4:30pm. Learn how get involved and help shape the future of this community garden. (Pictured below is a few of their cutest young members!)

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Head over to Patchen Community Square (on Patchen Avenue at Putnam Avenue) on Sundays from 12 pm to 3 pm to drop off your compost with a designated compost member who can weigh it and add it to the pile! To find out what you should and shouldn't bring, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. (Also, take a look at their newly installed sod that they picked up for free last weekend after 596 Acres shared a resource!)

NYC COLLABORATORS

The New York City Community Garden Coalition is meeting TONIGHT Thursday, June 19thfor a general meeting to discuss updates and hear a recap of the fundraiser! It will be held at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden (located at 219 West 122nd Street in Harlem) at 6:30 pm.

The New York City Housing Authorit's (NYCHA) Garden and Greening Program is seeking to hire a project consultant to work with resident gardeners at Beach 41st Street Houses in Rockaway, Queens. This is a part-time position to last over the next five months - perfect for someone with a background in community organizing, gardening, horticulture, and natural resource management. For a detailed job description or to send any inquiries, email Lee Trotman at lee.trotman@NYCHA.nyc.gov.

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 - June 13, 2014

13 June 2014
This land IS our land. 

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

This spring, we're visiting the community boards in the seven districts with the most vacant public land to share our New York City Advocate's Guide to Community Land Access and printed maps with information we've gathered about where the land is in their districts and who is organizing. The New York Community Trust has supported our staff and volunteer cartographer Joseph LeGrand made the maps. The board members have been incredibly grateful and receptive; we're looking forward to more neighbor-led change in the neighborhoods that need it most this summer!
 
On Monday, Paula testified before New York City Council about how data, information and inaccessible government records impact all our work liberating the commons. See or read her testimony here and support the OpenFOIL law that will require city agencies to be much more transparent in how they process requests from all of us to look at their records!

On Wednesday, 596 Acres helped the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation get community approval to request a study for Edgemere and Arverne. These two neighborhoods have the highest concentration of vacant public land in the city. The study will document existing conditions in the area and serve as the basis for local organizations and their supporters to request funding from New York State for community-based planning for all this vacant land. We hope that the Brownfield's Opportunity Program will be added back into the State budget- we need it to reopen so that a consensus-driven and collaborative process can truly begin. In the meantime, we'll be keeping our eye on theEdgemere Urban Renewal Plan from 2008: a representative of Housing Preservation and Development announced at the meeting that it will be updated soon. 

Press
The City Atlas wrote a great profile of 596 Acres this week and Deserted NYC profiled two sites organized through our information, facilitation and network of New Yorker making a difference: a lot in Coney Island that will be a garden soon and the Vinegar Hill Community Garden

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Lower East Side, Manhattan - Join organizers Santos, Nicole and Ariel in liberating this little piece of East 3rd Street. There are so many better things than just grass behind a fence! Let's dream about them. Contact information for the organizers is on the lot's page. 
 
Edgemere, Queens - We put signs on vacant city-owned lots in Edgemere last week and got some calls from neighbors almost immediately! One call was from a daycare provider who wants to help turn this Beach 43rd Street lot into a play space for people of sizes. Watch the lot or become an organizer here to join her.

Intervale, Bronx - Join organizers at this lot on Tinton and East 160th to rally the community for a healthy open space. Call or email Kesha: 6463515514 / electriccamp@gmail.com.

Columbia Waterfront District, Brooklyn - Neighbors are meeting today at 6pm to finalize a presentation to Community Board 6 about transforming this awesome corner lot into a community space. Join them! Contact michelle@michelleocampo.com.

Weeksville, Brooklyn - Our friends at Green City Force labelled 319 Saratoga (a lot owned by Housing Preservation and Development) last week. Check them out at work in the photos on the lot's page and if you're in the neighborhood, get involved!

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Join organizer and neighbor Alex in his application to become a steward of this neglected City-owned lot on Thatford & Riverdale that is being transferred to the Parks Department. Alex came to our General Meeting last week and described how he's been watching this empty lot his whole life. This is an opportunity to create a space that will be a resource for a very long time to come! Call or email Alex: 3479225285 / alexfigueroa1@live.com.

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Has anything happened on this lot on Maujer Street? The deed is still with the city and the Department of Finance is still billing HPD. It's been nearly two years since our last inquiry; at that time housing seemed to be coming soon... Any neighbors want to walk by or give the agency a call?  

Lots with Access!
Crown Heights, Brooklyn - A garden on Albany & Herkimer that needs some design help! We met some of the gardeners at last week's forum with Brooklyn Community Board 3 and GreenThumb and they asked us to reach our awesome network. Want to help them come up with a plan for raised beds and community space? Contact dredless@yahoo.com and tell her 596 Acres sent you!

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - La Casita Verde in South Williamsburg at the corner of Bedford and Division Ave, is looking for volunteers to help shovel and build out the space! Today June 13 through next week they are building a concrete pad and accepting truck loads of soil from the city and could use all the helping hands they can get! Stop by even for an hour and/or forward to people you think might be interested: no experience necessary, work gloves provided. Work will take place everyday from 9am-5pm. Feel free to call or email Brooke before you head over: 917 939 5865 / bsingnyc@gmail.com. 451 Bedford Ave.

NYC COLLABORATORS

Congratulations to our friends at the New York City Community Garden Coalition for an inspiring fundraising dinner on Tuesday night andsuccess in court on behalf of the Boardwalk Community Garden on Tuesday morning (that's the team in front of Kings County Supreme Court in the photo below). If you're a gardener or a garden member, you should join this citywide grassroots organization that exists to protect existing gardening opportunities. Nothing in the city lasts forever but the NYCCGC is an amazing force for making gardens last a very long time. 

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!

This Saturday, you can literally make your green greener - pick up free SOD (that's sheets of grass) at the end of the Northside Festival in North Williamsburg: at 5:30pm on Bedford Ave between North 4th and North 10th. 

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, asking forgiveness for the tardiness, 
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - June 5, 2014

05 June 2014
tonight: general meeting!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Join us TONIGHT, Thursday, June 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for our 596 Acres' General Meeting! We'll be at Powell Street Garden in Brownsville, located at 410 Livonia between Powell and Junius. (You can take the 3 Train to Junius or the L Train to Livonia Ave). Come meet folks from other blocks in the neighborhood who are working on land access campaigns! We'll be sharing stories and guidance! Contact mary@596acres.orgor 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

In the middle of 2012 we hung a sign on the lot at South 4th and Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and started talking with neighbors. Today, it's the bustling Keap Fourth Community Garden for residents and the daycare center next door to enjoy. Yesterday we celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony (pictured above!) hosted by GreenThumb, joined by the Nancy Kohn, Director of GreenThumb and by Parks Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Yesterday we hung a sign on the lot at Hancock Street between Malcolm X Blvd and Patchen Ave and met Pat, a neighbor who came over to say hi. This morning he spoke to Housing Preservation and Development (who owns the lot) who let him know that there aren't any plans for construction! He's going to start collecting signatures from everyone on the block and inviting them to join him in creating a vision for the space. Email mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connected with Pat.

Harlem, Manhattan - Thehbia Walter of Housing Preservation and Development in Manhattan let us know that there are no pending plans for development at 137 West 136th Street and that a conversation with GreenThumb should begin. Awesome! If you live nearby, reach out to Seth, a local chef and gardener to start planning: johnson.t.seth@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors organizing a garden to be created at 109 West 126th Street are heading to the Manhattan Community Board 10 Parks and Recreation Meeting next Wednesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm 215 West 125th Street in the 3rd floor conference room. If you'd like to attend to show your support, contact Tamika at 845-380-4050 or tamika.l.mapp@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - The group organizing for the future Mandela Park at 265 West 126th Street will also be attending the Manhattan Community Board 10 Parks and Recreation Meeting next Wednesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm at 215 West 125th Street in the 3rd floor conference room. When you sign in and write that your purpose is to support Mandela Park! You can also send direct letters of support to the Parks and Recreation Chair Karen Ann Horry at mrshorry@yahoo.com and to the CB10 Board Chair Stanley Gleaton at stanley@perryassociatesrealty.com. Please also contact Rene at renecalvo@gmail.com with any letters of support in PDF form, or to sign up for the group's email newsletter.


Lots with Access!
100 Quincy Community Garden (Quincy at Franklin Ave, Brooklyn) is having a BBQ and informational event this Saturday, June 7th. From 10:30 am to 11 am there will be a demo on accessing the nearby fire hydrant, and from 11 am to 11:30 am there will be a composting workshop incorporating games for kids. Right after the grill will be fired up! Bring dishes and snacks to share. All are welcome! (This past week 100 Quincy also received the generous gift of compost from The Department of Sanitation and the New York City Compost Project with help from the 596 Acres network. Special thanks to Build It Green! Compost staff, pictured at the bottom of this newsletter, for delivering it!)

The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (at the corner of Sackett and Columbia, Brooklyn) is holding a worm festival this Saturday, June 7th from 11 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, June 8th). Come celebrate worms and composting, and check out the garden. Live music will start around noon!


NYC COLLABORATORS

GreenThumb is holding its Summer Supply Giveaway this Saturday, June 7th from 10 am to 2 pm at their Long Island City Compound located at Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Note: this giveaway is only for registered GreenThumb gardens. More details here.

The NYC Compost Project and Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sproutfest is this Saturday, June 7th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue). Throughout the day NYC Compost Project’s Master Composters will be turning compost piles and sifting finished compost at the Compost Demonstration Site.  Kids can dig for worms, insects and centipedes as they learn more about the compost critters that food scraps into ‘black gold’! This event also celebrates 100 years of children’s gardening at BBG at Sproutfest!

Have the trees linking your block been looking a little down? The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding their Tree Care Workshop and Workday next Tuesday, June 10th from 3 pm to 6 pm at 3725 10th Avenue, Manhattan. Learn why trees are important to NYC and learn techniques to care for street trees. To register, emailinfo@lesecologycenter.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 atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - May 29, 2014

29 May 2014
our next general meeting is thursday, june 5th!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Know a neighbor or a local organization that would benefit from learning how they can use vacant land near them? We'd love to share our New York City Advocate's Guide to Land Access with you! Email mary@596acres.org to arrange a pick up or drop off. Special thanks to MANY Designs, who helped us create this awesome publication and have shared a bit about it here.

Join us for our next general meeting on Thursday, June 5th in East New York. From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm we'll be at the Powell Street Garden (410 Livonia Avenue between Powell Street and Junius Street. You can take the 3 Train to Junius or the L Train to Livonia Ave). Come meet folks from other blocks in the neighborhood who are working on land access campaigns! We'll be sharing stories and guidance! Contactmary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Five Borough Farm's Data Collection Toolkit is now online! Created by Farming Concrete and The Design Trust for Public Space, this toolkit is a great resource for measuring how your garden supports the health of your community and the environment. You can keep track of everything from your harvest goals to your compost collection to the moods that your garden helps create. Click here to directly download the file. Fill it out, use it, share it! Reach out to us at organizers@596acres.org if you'd like some guidance. Then head over to the Farming Concrete Barn, where you can upload and keep track of your data.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Midtown East, Manhattan - There's a long strip of land over an acre and a half on Marginal Street (near FDR Drive and East 41st Street) The site was once a part of a Con Edison plant that was demolished when the property sold in 2002. The developer's 2011 plan called for residential towers and 4.8 acres of open space, but so far this land isn't being utilized. Do you live in the area and want to see some green space? Reach out to us at organizers@596acres.org or contact Manhattan Community Board 6 at 212-319-3750 or office@cbsix.org to find out how they can help support your ideas!

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbor John has a group of neighbors ready to turn the lot next to his house at 174 East 108th Street into a garden! His next step? Getting the approval of his community board. Email John at triplemgarden@gmail.com to join the group and find out how you can help.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - The Food Oasis Pilot Group & Building Communities One Plant At A Time have created an incredible proposal for the Community Supported Agriculture program they'd like to start at 772 Myrtle Avenue. Email them for details atBCOPAAT@gmail.com.

Lots with Access!
Evergreen Lots is participating in Bushwick Open Studios this Saturday, May 31st from 12 pm to 5 pm! Stop by 120 Jefferson Street between Evergreen Ave and Central Ave in Brooklyn to make some seed bombs, help paint signs and do some light gardening. The garden will also be co-hosting a composting workshop with BK Rot from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 1st. Join the Facebook event to learn more.

Keap Fourth Community Garden (Keap Street at South Fourth, Brooklyn) is holding a ribbon cutting event next Wednesday, June 4th at 12:30 pm. Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon and Nancy Kohn, the Director of GreenThumb as well as other local elected officials will be present to show their support and speak a few words about this new site. Come share in the celebration!

100 Quincy Community Garden (Quincy at Franklin Ave, Brooklyn) is looking for volunteers to help create a TON of compost for their garden. They're teaming up with the Quincy Block Association block as a part of a three month program (spanning June 14th- August 15th) to reduce waste on their block. To get involved contact Khemenec at khemenec@gmail.com.


NYC COLLABORATORS

TONIGHT Thursday, May 29th East New York Farms! is hosting a bench-making workshop from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at Floral Vineyard Garden (2377-2379 Pitkin Ave and Cleveland Street, Brooklyn). It's free and you get to go home with your own bench! For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Interested in composting? This Saturday, May 31st from 12 pm to 1:30 pmGreenThumb is co-hosting a workshop with Earth Matter on Governor's Island. Get a tour of the composting system and learn advanced composting techniques. Call (212) 788-8070 to RSVP and click here for more details.

YANA (You Are Never Alone) is hosting its Second Annual Fundraiser and Community Fair this Saturday, May 31st from 1 pm to 6 pm at The Hockey Rink (Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway) for a day of networking and events. You can look forward to live music, family friendly activities and meeting people who work to improve the Rockaways! Check out the event details here.

The South Bronx Farmer's Market is holding their last meeting this Sunday, June 1stbefore their opening on Saturday, June 14th! They'll be meeting at 6 PM at CCFY (369 East 149th Street, 7th floor, Bronx). Members will be signing up for bi-weekly shifts to run the market, and updates will be shared! If you or someone you know someone who lives in the South Bronx and might like to help out, contactsouthbronxfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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! (That's Myrtle Village Green's shed below, build out of salvaged wood donated by Build It Green!)

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - May 22, 2014

22 May 2014
we labeled lots in edgemere!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
Yesterday we headed out to the Rockaways and labeled lots in Edgemere! We met atEdgemere Organic Farm, which was formerly a piece of vacant that that was planned as a park. Two years ago we hung signs on it, and now it's the first 596 Acres site in the Rockaways. Awesome! (Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to see a shot of their rows of veggies.) They also for provided us with a delicious, farm-grown pre-lot labeling snack!

Pictured above is John, a neighbor who came out to help us label lots, like this huge oneon the corner of Beach 43 and Beach Channel Drive and this one snuggled in the middle of Beach 43rd. John also volunteers at the Edgemere Organic Farm and is interested in starting a community garden near him! Scroll to our News from the Organizing Acressection to read about the lot in his life.

Save the date! We're holding our next general meeting on Thursday, June 5th in East New York. Join us from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Powell Street Garden (410 Livonia Avenue between Powell St and Junius. You can take the 3 Train to Junius or the L Train to Livonia Ave). Come meet folks from other blocks in the neighborhood who are working on land access campaigns! We'll be sharing stories and guidance! Contactmary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Have a connection to some cement? A new community-managed pocket park initiated by BACDYS in East New York is in need of 270 square feet of paving, which is needed to make the parklet wheelchair accessible. Spread the word and let us know! More info and photos are here.

We have MORE free seeds! We got another generous donation from the America the Beautiful Fund! Come on over to Build It Green! Gowanus (69 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the canal) Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Just ask the staff and they can direct you to the treasure!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Seth is a local chef and gardener who would like see the lot at 136 West 137th Street be used to grow fruits and veggies. He's already inquiring with GreenThumb to check with Housing Preservation and Development (the lots' owner) to see if using the space is a possibility. Shoot Seth an email to help start the planning:johnson.t.seth@gmail.com.

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn - Brooklyn Community Board 6 is supportive of neighbors turning the two corner lots at 307 Columbia Street at Woodhull Street into a community space. This spot has lots of interested neighbors, but a meeting needs to be held! If you're interested, call 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org to get things movin'!

East New York, Brooklyn - There's two neighboring lots on Pitkin Avenue that neighbor Clare would like to turn into a garden. Want to help? Email organizers@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connected.

Edgemere, Queens - John lives across the street from a vacant lot at Beach 45th and Norton Avenue and would love to be able to extend the growing he's already started in his front yard. After helping us label lots in his neighborhood yesterday, he's excited to start working on his space and helping others do the same! You can email him atJcusirramos@yahoo.com.

Lots with Access!
La Casita Verde need volunteers TODAY Thursday, May 22nd, to help shovel 100 cubic yards of soil! They have the shovels, so just bring your muscles! Drop by for a bit or stay longer! Head to 451 Bedford Ave at Division in Brooklyn during daytime hours. Call Brooke at 917-939-5965 with questions.

NYC COLLABORATORS

TODAY Thursday, May 22 the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Greenest Block in Brooklynwill be hosting a free Brooklyn Street Gardening Clinic at 6:30 pm in the Garden of Hope (on Hancock Street between Marcus Garvy Blvd and Throop Ave, Brooklyn). Learn how to care for tree beds, including what to plant in the sun/shade, tree maintenance, watering needs, and all around gorilla street gardening techniques!

This Saturday, May 24th GreenThumb is hosting a workshop on attracting bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators to your garden! The event will be hosted at Union Street Garden (970 Union Street at Franklin Ave, Brooklyn). For more details and to RSVP, click here.

YANA (You Are Never Alone) is hosting its Second Annual Fundraiser and Community Fair next Saturday, May 31st from 1 pm to 6 pm at The Hockey Rink (Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway) for a day of networking and events. You can look forward to live music, family friendly activities and meeting people who work to improve the Rockaways! Check out the event details here. If you'd like to participate as an organization, register here.

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

News From the Acres - May 15, 2014

15 May 2014
label lots with us in edgemere!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Come label lots with us in Edgemere, Rockaway, next Wednesday, May 21st! We'll be meeting at Edgemere Organic Farm (Beach 46th Street and Beach Channel Drive) and then hanging signs on vacant land and chattin' with neighbors! We're meeting at 3:45 pm in front of the farm. Questions: organizers@596acres.org.

We've got photos from last month's conference we hosted, Vacant Acres. Missed the event? Stay tuned for a transcription of the talks in the near future!

Daffodils AND seeds are still up for grabs! And we still have lots to share after a generous donation from the America the Beautiful Fund! Head over to Build It Green! Gowanus (69 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the canal) Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Just ask the staff and they can direct you to the treasure!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - The Food Oasis Pilot Group & Building Communities One Plant At A Time is two joint local organizations that has been creating community growing spaces in neighbor's backyards. Now they're interested in extending their Community Supported Agriculture program by creating a garden at the Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot at 772 Myrtle Avenue. Email them for details at BCOPAAT@gmail.com.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn - The initial meeting to discuss a new garden at the Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot at 1662 Bergen Street will be this coming Friday, May 16th at 2:15 pm in front of the lot. Want to attend? Just show up!

Harlem, Manhattan - There's a new organizer taking the reigns at 109 West 126th Street: Tamika is a long-time Harlem resident who leads a Girl Scout Troop and is looking for a space where her troop and the neighbors can grow food! Shoot her an email attamika.l.mapp@gmail.com.

Lots with Access!
Evergreen Lots (120 Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) is holding their first open monthly meeting this Saturday, May 17th at 3 pm in the garden with a BBQ and potluck to follow!

462 Halsey Community Garden (at Lewis St, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) is holding a "Garden Circuit Workout" workday this Saturday, May 17th from 11 am to 4 pm. The goal is to get the garden and YOU in shape! They'll be sharing how different garden tasks exercise different muscles. All are welcome! (At the top of the newsletter is the garden pictured with their new communal beds! At the bottom of the newsletter is Jane, a gardener, speaking to a reporter from WFUV!)

NYC COLLABORATORS
New York City Community Garden Coalition is having a general meeting tonight which will take place at 6 pm in two locations: Nos Quedamos (754 Melrose Avenue between 156th and 157th Streets) in the Bronx or Children's Magical Garden (129 Stanton Street, between Esssex & Norfolk). In case of rain, you can head over to 79 Clinton Street (at Rivington) #17 in Manhattan. Contact 917-518-9987 with questions.

Want to be able to measure what matters to your community in your space this year? The Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit Launch is this Saturday, May 17 from 2 pm to 5 pm at Hunter College (Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor Cafeteria). Attend a workshop and receive training on how to use the toolkit, so you too can describe the good things happening in your gardens and farms with math and science. To RSVP for this event please email: RSVP@designtrust.org. Feel free to invited other gardeners and farmers that you think should also be attending!

Crown Heights Mediation Center is hosting its annual Kingston Avenue Festival this Saturday, May 17th from 1 pm to 5 pm along Kingston Avenue from Bergen to Pacific in Brooklyn. Come for lots of activities, performances, and community resources!

Build It Green!NYC has partnered with NYRP and MillionTreesNYC to give away 300 trees this month! They are hosting a giveaway on Saturday, May 17th from 11am to 1pm at their Queens reuse center and another giveaway on Sunday, May 18th from 11am to 1pm at their Brooklyn reuse center. Click here to register and get more details.

Interested in helping the South Bronx Farmers' get going? Attend their next meeting this Sunday, May 18th at Community Connections for Youth (369 East 149 Street between Melrose & Courtland, 7th floor). Committee chairs will be elected and updates about the progress of the market will be shared! Check out their awesome new website!

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 - May 8, 2014

08 May 2014
we've got new land access guides to share!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

462 Halsey (at Lewis St, Brooklyn) has undergone a huge change: they've implemented communal beds! After a soil test last fall, the garden realized that their soil wasn't in the best shape. They opted to convert their plots into 4’x24’ rows of raised beds that are 30” deep, allowing for ample root space for their plants, better moisture retention, and maximizing the plants' exposure to sunlight. (Scroll down to the bottom to see a picture!) They filled the beds with existing soil, horse manure, their own compost, and 13 pallets of compost from NYC Recycles. They're hoping their new communal model will also encourage leadership, participation, and friendship. Read more about their communal beds on their blog and head over to their workday this Saturday, May 10th from from 11 am to 4 pm.

We are excited to share our new publication A New York City Advocate's Guide to Community Land Access (pictured at the bottom of this newsletter), in English & Spanish, that we created with our friends at Occuprint and MANY Design. (One side of the guide is pictured above!) For the next few months we'll be sharing these guides with 7 community boards that hold the highest concentration of vacant public land.  Would you like some to share with your neighbors or community board? Click here to download the whole thing, or contact us at organizers@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 to pick up some copies. Want to see out all the other cool stuff we've printed? Check out Our Print Archive.

We've got daffodils AND seeds! And we still have lots to share! Head over to Build It Green! Gowanus (69 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Canal) Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm to pick up seeds that theAmerica the Beautiful Fund has generously donated. Just ask the staff and they can direct you to the treasure!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Crown Heights, Brooklyn - Members from the Imani II garden nearby the Housing Preservation and Development-owned corner lot at 1662 Bergen have contacted us with interest in helping this new space get started! The initial meeting will be this comingTuesday, May 13th at 3 pm in front of the lot. Want to attend? Just show up!

Coney Island, Brooklyn - The neighbor creating the future garden at 2427 Mermaid are meeting next Wednesday, May 14th at the Coney Island Branch Library (1901 Mermaid Ave at the corner of West 19th Street) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Guidelines for becoming a member, ideas about garden design, and the next steps for making this garden come to life will be discussed! Contact Minico atmindfullivingcommunitygarden@gmail.com or 917-273-4406.

Flatbush, Brooklyn - There's a lot at 2334 Tilden near Bedford Ave that neighbor Sophia is eager to transform into a garden. She'd submitted a proposal to Brooklyn Community Board 17 and is talking with GreenThumb about the space. She'd love to hear from more folks that live close by who'd like to be involved: call 718-501-2395 or emailgreenlodging20@yahoo.com.

South Bronx, Bronx - There's a de-mapped street at 159th and St. Ann's with the potential to be used as a community space. Contact Wavecrest, the housing developer that created this opportunity at 718-463-1200 and then let us know what you find out!

Lots with Access!
Evergreen Lots needs help moving their order of soil from Bushwick City Farm (Lewis and Stockton Street, Brooklyn) this Saturday, May 10th. Join them at 9am to load up a truck and drive over to the garden at 120 Jefferson to unload. If you'd like to help out, contact evergreenlots@gmail.com to let them know you're coming. Join the Facebook event page here.

Siempre Verde (181 Stanton Street, Lower East Side) is having an opening weekend event this Saturday, May 10th from 1 pm to 6 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, May 11th). Join the celebration!


NYC COLLABORATORS
Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden and GreenThumb are teaming up and teaching a Native Plant Workshop: Butterfly Project followed by a native plant share this Saturday, May 10th from 10 am to 1 pm at New Roots Community Farm (East 153rd Street and Grand Concourse, Bronx). RSVP to info@butterflyprojectnyc.org for more information.

Hattie Carthan Herban Farm (Marcy Ave between Clifton and Lafayette, Brooklyn) is hosting a workshop on gardening with herbs and working with a variety of common garden plans promote personal health and well-being. The workshop is Saturday, May 31st from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Space is limited, so sign up now! To RSVP, contact Wilfredo Florentino at wflorentino@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9568.

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!

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - May 1, 2014

01 May 2014
happy international worker's day!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Vacant Acres: Report-Back from Day One: The New York Experience

"[Vacant Acres] prompted me to revisit the history of community gardening/urban farming not only in NYC but in the US generally and abroad as well. What I began to realize is that this time around we really are in a race to save the planet. Accessing healthy food and a breathable environment cannot be a temporary thing. Gardens cannot be stop-gap measures. Saving and cultivating the land is as critical as saving the whales!"
--Cindy Worley, lifelong gardener and New York City Community Garden Coalition founding member, who reminded us that the St. Nicholas Miracle Garden was one of the first in Harlem in 1958. We're thrilled to have helped neighbors bring it back.  

Here's a wonderful article summarizing the diversity of New York City voices and strategies for community land access we learned about last week: How New York’s Volunteer Gardening Community Keeps The City Green by Ole Skaar.

This spring -- join us! We're looking for an intern! Your tasks will include talking with NYC organizers, tabling, putting up signs on vacant lots, helping with follow-up and transcription from the Vacant Acres Symposium, working on wonky data projects using government information, organizational development (including putting things into our brand new database! fun!) and generally helping us improve the work that we do. Find out more information here.

Need seeds? We still have lots to share! Head over to Build It Green! Gowanus (69 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Canal) Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm to pick up seeds that the America the Beautiful Fund has generously donated. Just ask the staff and they can direct you to the treasure!

We're working with Green City Force to label lots in Weeksville and other parts of Brooklyn in the upcoming months. (That's a member making signs above!) Know anyone else who also wants to help us make New Yorkers aware of opportunities that lay in their neighborhoods?

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Dongan Hills, Staten Island - Neighbor Blake is interested in turning the Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned site in the middle of Buel Avenue at Laconia into a garden! She's waiting on approval of Staten Island Community Board 2 to submit her proposal to GreenThumb. Send her an email if you'd like to help out: notasissy88@yahoo.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - The group organizing around the lot at 227 West 115th Street had a meeting last Saturday and gained 8 new members! They're designing a final plan for the space and submitting a proposal to GreenThumb!

Jamaica, Queens - Neighbor Wayne has been hosting once-a-month events at the South Jamaica Queens Library down the street from the lot at Guy Brewer Blvd and 107th. He'd heard from Housing Preservation and Development (who owns the lot) that there are no plans for construction! Wayne would love to put together a proposal and have a site visit with GreenThumb, but is looking for a few more folks to sign on as members and give their input. Give Wayne a call at 206-376-0019.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Since 2012 neighbors have been interested in using 463 Tompkins as a community space, but they've encountered some hurdles and setbacks along the way. Neighbor Cameron is ready to reinvigorate the campaign! Shoot him an email atccameronmoss@gmail.com.

East New York, Brooklyn - Ms. Brenda (who manages two other gardens in East New York) is looking for a new space to host a bee garden. She's planning on growing wild flowers and fruit trees, and having several hives! GreenThumb has directed her to specific sites, including the lot on Rockaway Avenue between Riverdale and Newport. Want to learn about bees and help Ms. Brenda out? Email her at isabahlialoef@aol.com.

Lots with Access!
Patchen Community Square (Patchen at Putnam Ave, Brooklyn) is holding a meeting this Saturday, May 3rd at 11am to discuss plans for the new season. They'll be electing board members and discussing the current garden plan and proposed projects. Click here for more details.

St. Nicholas Miracle Garden (St. Nicholas at West 127th, Harlem) is holding their next workdaythis Sunday May 4th from 1:30 to 4:30 pm where they'll be planting vegetables, testing the soil, and planning for the self-watering system. Click here for more details or emailstnickgarden@gmail.com.

Siempre Verde (181 Stanton Street, Lower East Side) is having an opening weekend event next Saturday, May 10th from 1 pm to 6 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, May 11th). There will be a seedling sale, face painting, treasure hunt, community planting, and mom's yoga and storytelling time from 2-3 pm!


NYC COLLABORATORS
There's several upcoming free workshops from GreenThumb held throughout the boroughs!This Saturday, May 3rd you could attend a plant starts giveaway or a workshop on the varying uses of herbs. Check out the calendar of events to find more!

"Save Mount Manresa" Committee in Staten Island is holding a meeting and march this Saturday, May 3 at 11am to protest the development that is planned for this historic Jesuit property. The march begins at Von Briesen Park (Bay Street and School Road) and ends at the front gates of Mount Manresa. Participants are asked to bring signs and noisemakers.RSVP to the the Facebook event!

YANA (You Are Never Alone) is holding a Sandy Technical Assistance Workshop on available resources for recovery, recommendations on working with contractors, and suggestions for saving money through energy efficiency rebuilding measures. The workshop will be held this Sunday, May 4th at Saint Mary Star of the Sea (1920 New Haven Ave, Far Rockaway) in the Main Auditorium. Representatives from NYC Build It BackCommunity Environmental Center, and more will be available for guidance and information. For questions please emailCECSandyResourceCenter@gmail.com or call 347-­456-­9798.

This past Tuesday, April 29, members of the Coney Island Boardwalk Community Garden, whose 16-year old garden was unjustly and illegally bulldozed by the City of New York this past December, reached a temporary agreement with the City and project developer to postpone planned construction pending a lawsuit filed on April 18 by the gardeners, the New York City Community Garden Coalition, and the People's Coalition of Coney Island. Read more here.

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!

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - April 24, 2014

24 April 2014
sharing land access experiences from around the world

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

What an amazing couple of days with fierce community land access advocates from cities around the world! Full report-back coming next week. For now, check out #vacantacres on twitter. 

Yesterday Paula was on the Brian Lehrer show discussing 596 Acres and how we use data to connect people with the tools to transform vacant land. Watch it here! The action starts at 20:17!

And speaking of data: as of last week, thanks to newly-freed MapPLUTO, OASIS, the map of everything about New York City that matters inside and outside government, has up-to-date ownership information for the first time since 2010. Read more about how we helped free MapPLUTO here.

Need seeds? America the Beautiful Fund has donated seeds for us to share! Shoot us an email atorganizers@596acres.org to set up a time to swing by our offices and grab some!

Special thanks to Marco Clausen of Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin, Germany for the photos in this newsletter.


NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bushwick, Brooklyn - The large corner space at 544 Bushwick is going to be transferred from Housing Preservation and Development to the Parks Department! Neighbors who work at AHRC, a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities that sits around the corner, are in contact with the Parks Department and eager to see this transfer! They're looking forward to attending a future Space Meeting to discuss plans and ideas for new park. Call Yeimi or Maria at 718-455-5473 or email them atyeimi.korsberg@ahrcnyc.org and maria.hubbard@ahrcnyc.org.

Flatbush, Brooklyn - Q Gardens just received a $3,000 grant from Citizen's Committee of New York City to launch their future garden on East 18th Street at Church Ave. The group's architect is finalizing their drawings to submit to MTA (who owns the land) and their proposal packet is in the process of being approved! So close!

Canarsie, Brooklyn - Neighbor Nancy is excited to try to turn this large space on Farragut Road into a garden! She's been contacting the owner, Economic Development Corporation, but has been having a hard time getting some answers about whether the lot is available for use! Want to help? Give her a call at 305-794-9912or email at nancy.h.williams@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - Join the group organizing around the lot at 227 West 115th Street for a meeting in front of the lot this Saturday, April 26th at 1 pm. The group has recently has a site visit from GreenThumb, and is looking forward to making the space they've been working on for close to two years a reality!

Harlem, Manhattan - The Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot at 8th Avenue at West 146th Street could be the perfect place for a community project! Contact neighbor Michael atMichael.spina@gmail.com or 646-957-0347 to starting planning!

Lots with Access!
Patchen Community Square is holding a volunteer event TOMORROW Friday, April 24th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. They'll be hosting a crowd of high school students from Green High School in Bushwick who will be creating individual garden beds and doing general clean up. If you have any supplies you can lend out for the day (especially cordless drills, shovels, and gloves!), the garden would really appreciate it! To arrange for a pick up of the supplies you'd like to lend out, contact Alison at alison.iven@gmail.com.

NYC COLLABORATORS
TOMORROW, Friday, April 25th The Silberman School of Social Work's East Harlem Documentary Club is screening the short documentary "Save the Farm" and holding a discussion on community gardens and public space in Harlem. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm and will be held at 2180 3rd Avenue at East 119th Street in Manhattan. It's free!

El Puente Green Light District is holding their annual Earth Day celebration, "Hope in Bloom / "Creciente Esperanza", next Tuesday, April 29th from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Click here to view the participating garden locations and fun activities (three new gardens that were formed in the last year through the 596 Acres network!). 

New York Restoration Project's Million Trees Giveaway has begun! Click here to find out where in your borough you can register to pick up a free tree.

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!

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - April 17, 2014

17 April 2014
free seeds!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
Need seeds? America the Beautiful Fund has donated seeds for us to share! If you're in the neighborhood come by our offices at Build It Green! Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)TODAY before 5 pm or next Thursday, April 24th from 10 am to 6 pm for free seeds. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletter for more opportunities.

Our Symposium, Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources, co-hosted with the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School with advocates from all over the world, is coming together for next Tuesday & Wednesday, April 22 & 23, and we're really excited. It would be wonderful if you would join us for the closing reception even if you are not coming to the whole event. It'll be a chance to meet our guests and bask in the glow! Final event details here
Tuesday, April 22, 66 West 12th Street Room 510
1:30-5pm The New York City Experience (register here to be added to the waitlist)
Wednesday, April 2355 West 13th Street, Theresa Lang Center
8:30-6pm Sharing Best Practices with Transformation Facilitators from Around the World (register here; bigger room!)
6-7pm Wine & cheese RECEPTION. Registration is NOT required for the reception. Just come. With hugs.

Last night Harlem Valley Farm opened up their recently licensed space for us to host our Harlem General Meeting. We discussed approaching City agencies, shared stories of struggles with community boards, and chatted about grants. Several people who are just starting to organize around spaces near them learned a whole lot about the process.

Mark your calendars!
Next Friday, April 25th The Silberman School of Social Work's East Harlem Documentary Club is screening the short documentary "Save the Farm" and holding a discussion on community gardens and public space in Harlem. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm and will be held at 2180 3rd Avenue at East 119th Street. It's free!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Organizer Rene let me know that the Manhattan Community Board 10 seems to be generally supportive of the future Mandela Park on West 126th Street, but have requested some petition signatures and business endorsements. They're so close!

Harlem, Manhattan - Last night neighbor Tamika attended our Harlem General Meeting to learn more about creating a garden for her neighbors and the Girl Scout Troop she leads. Now she's interested in 1650 Madison, where 2 years ago inquiring neighbors were told by the owner, Housing Preservation and Development, that there would be immediate development. After a year, it's still city-owned and there's no construction in sight! If you'd like to help out, give Tamika a call at 212-289-4476 or email tamika.l.mapp@gmail.com.

East New York, Brooklyn - Cherilyn, who is the Director of Youth at Gensis Homes, is speaking with GreenThumb about turning the Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot on Hinsdale Streetacross from their campus into a new community resource. Awesome! If you know any neighbors who might be interested in helping, email mary@596acres.org.

Lots with Access!
Patchen Community Square is building things and getting ready for soil! That's them pictured above!

Saint Nicholas Miracle Garden (330 Saint Nicholas Ave between 126th & 127th Street, Harlem) has upcoming compost drop off days every Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, a compost workshop on Tuesday, April 20th, and an upcoming workday on Sunday, April 27. For more information visithttp://www.stnicholasmiraclegarden.org/.

A Small Green Patch (344-48 Bergen Street, Brooklyn) will be staying on their space for another season! Development has been delayed until late 2015, and the group is applying to have their license with Housing Preservation and Development (the agency which owns the site) renewed. Hooray!

NYC COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coaltion will be holding their monthly General MeetingTONIGHT, Thursday, April 17th, from  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Castle Gardens (625 West 140th Street, Manhattan). This will be an opportunity to hear about the latest on all things happening at community gardens around the city!

The Citizens Committee for New York City has awarded us a Love Your Block (LYB) Grant to Smiling Hogshead Ranch (25-30 Skillman Avenue at the corner of Pearson Place, Long Island City, Queens). Join their three-day clean up event! Click on the dates for links to the Facebook events: this Friday, April 18th from 12 pm to 6pm, Saturday, April 19 from 10 am to 3pm, and this Sunday, April 20thfrom 10am to 4pm.

Next Wednesday, April 23rd 7 pm to 10 pm The Fixers Collective and timeBanksNYC are hosting FIXER’S NIGHT, an event where you bring your broken items to be fixed or creatively re-used. This event is open to the public and held at BRIC Arts | Media House (647 Fulton St, Brooklyn). For more info contact jessie@timebanksnyc or call (212)-602-4462.

Members of Children's Magical Garden (157 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side) have filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court to reclaim the portion of the garden that is now slated for development. Check out this article in The Villager to learn more.

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!

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - April 10, 2014

10 April 2014
spring clean up time is now!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT and NEXT WEDNESDAY we're holding General Organizing Meetings for folks in different stages of their local land access campaigns! Working on a campaign and need some help figuring out next steps? Got a great success story to share? We're all in this together - making our city better and these meetings are a great way for all of us to move forward. Tonight in Brooklyn join us at the garden of Eagle Academy, Mott Hall, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, and the Brooklyn Food Coalition (Fulton at Saratoga) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Or on Wednesday, April 16th you can meet us in Harlem at Harlem Valley Garden (197 West 134th Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) from 6:30 to 8:30. Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ex 3 with questions.

TOMORROW at 6:30 pm we'll be gathering at our office at Build It Green! in Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) for the launch of Gracias por Guiarme: papel y teirra comunal / With Gratitude for the Guidance: paper and communal land and two other awesome books by our friends: The DIY Guide to Garbage and the Pragmatic Mind: Green Roofs by Atom Cianfarani and Beyond the White Guy / Mas alla del Hombre Blanco by the Biking Public ProjectFor more information about the books and the event, click here.

Community Land Access Advocacy Network

Our partner project LaOpenAcres shared a blog post about Philadelphia's new land bank by Amy Laura Cahn, staff attorney at the Garden Justice Legal Initiative of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and force behind our other partner projectGrounded in Philly. We love cross-pollination! Read it here!

 
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Rockaway, Queens - In 2012 we hung a sign on this corner lot on Beach 43rd. Now members from the Full Gospel Tabernacle are teaming up with neighbor and Green City Force member Ashley to create a garden! Send Ashley an email atnyashley_08@yahoo.com to let her know you'd like to attend the first meeting.

South Richmond Hill, Queens - A Queens Urban Agriculture Coalition is forming! SustyQ(pioneering the future Anti-Cancer Garden at the corner of 124th Street and 107th Ave) is gathering gardeners and land stewards to share practices and support. Emailsustyq@gmail.com to join. You can also attend the upcoming meeting to plan out a design for the Anti-Cancer Garden this Sunday, April 13th from 2pm to 5pm at the ICA Community Center (127-16 Liberty Ave, Queens). RSVP by calling or texting 646-493-4326.

Canarsie, Brooklyn - There's over an acre of space at Farragut and East 105th Streetthat neighbors Keemanee and Nancy have each had their eyes on! Tonight both of them will meet at our General Meeting in Bed-Stuy and start discussing all the possibilities for this space. Give Keemanee (347-362-4470) or Nancy (305-794-9912) a call to get involved!

East New York, Brooklyn - Neighbors Alex and Jose told us that the lot at Thatford and Riverdale has been vacant for over 35 years! Now they're interested in making it something better! Contact Alex at 347-922-5285 to help out!

Lots with Access!
100 Quincy Community Garden (Franklin at Quincy, Brooklyn) is turning the first pile of their compost system this weekend! Head over to the garden (and bring a shovel or pitchfork if you have one) this Sunday, April 13 at 11 am to help out.

From here on out you can join 462 Halsey Community Garden (Halsey at Lewis, Brooklyn) every Saturday for workdays from 11 am to 4 pm. (That's them above rebuilding some of their beds and adding new soil!)

NYC COLLABORATORS
The Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board is hosting "The Future of Compost: Options, Obstacles, Opportunities", a panel discussion and Q&A on Friday, April 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn). Gil Lopez, our friend from Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Christine Datz-Romero from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and others will be sharing their experiences.

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!

 

yours,
596 Acres


photo credit: Roger That Garden Project