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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

News From the Acres - April 3, 2014

03 April 2014
ever greening our neighborhoods!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
It was awesome to see so many familiar faces and make new friends at GreenThumb'sGrow Together Conference last weekend. Special thanks to members from 61 Franklin,Evergreen Lots (that's them, above!), and 100 Quincy for sharing their land access stories.

TONIGHT we're holding a Citywide General Meeting to meet folks from other neighborhoods and boroughs! Come join us at our office in Build It Green! in Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, off the F/G Smith/9th Streets Station) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Groups with access to their spaces as well as those still working through the process will be present to share stories and best practices. Working on a campaign and needs 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 learn together.

If you can't make it tonight (and happen to live in Weeksville or Bed-Stuy), join us next Thursday, April 10th for a General Meeting in Bed-Stuy at the garden of Eagle Academy, Mott Hall, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, and Brooklyn Food Coalition(Fulton and Saratoga, Brooklyn) at 6:30 pm.



Mark your calendars! 
We'd also love help assembling books in our Gowanus office at the Build It Green! (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) this Saturday, April 5 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. No experience necessary! Come stitch and chat! RSVP: organizers@596acres.org.

Join 596 Acres as we present at The Parsnip Throwdown, a conversation about food and farming hosted by Farm Catskills on Monday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm atSuperfine (126th Front Street, Brooklyn). More details here.
 
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - For over a year and a half we have been working with The Bangladeshi American Community Youth Development and Services to gain access to the MTA-owned space at 216 ForbellRecently we got great news: architect Runit Chhaya will be reviewing the plans Wendy Adringa of GreenLab Studio created for this space! New York Restoration Project is standing by to help with the build. The MTA is looking forward to reopening this former park as a resource to the surrounding community!

East New York, Brooklyn - 87 Legion is a vacant space that was formerly a local block association's garden until 2002. A neighbor named Elissa is now speaking to GreenThumb about re-opening this space to the public. If you're a neighbor who would like to help her get started or know someone from the former garden, shootMary@596acres.org an email to get connected!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - There's a lot on Myrtle Avenue near Nostrand that is Housing Preservation an Development-owned nestled between two buildings. According to Lynne Cheng, Deputy Director at HPD, this might be a great spot for a community space! Marissa, a neighbor, has ideas of starting a garden and composting site! If you're interested or have other ideas to share, contact her at 727-504-3948 ormarissa.provenza@gmail.com.

Corona, Queens - Carmen and Rena are working to create a garden on the Department of Transportation-owned site that's mapped as part of the road on 111th Street. Last week they drafted a letter to the DOT Commissioner in hopes that until the City decides to actually expand the road, this site can be used by the community! Fingers crossed!

South Richmond Hill, Queens - Do you live near the corner of 124th Street and 107th Ave and interested in joining the future Anti-Cancer Garden? Attend the upcoming meeting to plan out a design for the space on 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 or emailing sustyq@gmail.com.

NYC COLLABORATORS
Maple Street Community Garden (237 Maple Street at Rogers Ave) is hosting workdaysthis Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 at 11am. There are more raised beds to construct and cleaning to do. Stop by to lend a hand!

Check out the free upcoming events and workshops hosted by The New York Botanical Garden's Bronx Green-Up program. There's everything from pruning trees and starting seeds, to garden workdays and farm tours!

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 - March 27, 2014

27 March 2014
south bronx lots, labeled!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
This past Tuesday we labeled 7 lots in the South Bronx with the help of two wonderful volunteers. We chatted with neighbors passing by and have already received several phone calls and emails in response to the signs! While we were visiting 405 West 161st Street (pictured above) we spoke with a woman from the church on the corner who was excited to announce to her congregation that a community space is possible. Neighbors on the opposite site of the lot would like to help too! To see more photos and links to the lots' pages, check out our album.



Grant deadlines approaching!
Grants from The National Recreation and Park AssociationSeeds of Change, and The Citizen's Committee of New York City are due in the next few days! Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section below for more info.

Mark your calendars!
Join us this Saturday, March 29th at GreenThumb's 29th Annual Grow Together Conference at Hostos Community College in the Bronx (500 Grand Concourse) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come by our table and say hi, and stay for our 2 pm workshop where new land stewards will be talking about their recently successful land access campaigns!

Come join us at our office in Build It Green! in Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for a Citywide General Meeting to meet folks from other neighborhoods and boroughs! Groups with access to their spaces as well as those still working through the process will be present to share stories and best practices. Working on a campaign and needs 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 learn together. 

We'd also love help assembling books in our Gowanus office at the Build It Green! (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) on Saturday, April 5 from 1 pmto 3:30 pm. No experience necessary! Come stitch and chat! RSVP: organizers@596acres.org.

Join 596 Acres as we present at the Parsnip Throwdown, a conversation about food and farming hosted by Farm Catskills on Monday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm at Superfine (126th Front Street, Brooklyn). More details here.
 
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Morrisania, South Bronx - Luis lives next door to the lot at 463 East 159th Street saw the signs we put up on Tuesday and gave us a call! He'd love to start a garden and is interested in holding a meeting ASAP. Call him at 718-710-2526 or email crystalee02@yahoo.com.

Coney Island, Brooklyn - Brooklyn Community Board 13 has given their full support for a future garden at 2427 Mermaid! Become a watcher to stay updated about a future meeting or call Minico at 917-273-4406!

Flatbush, Brooklyn - Q Gardens has received a letter of support from MTA (who owns the site) for a grant to fund a future composting system. Hooray! Runit Chhaya from Grain Collective is conducting his final review of the drawings that Amy Hilliker of Hilliker Landscape Designcreated for the space before stamping them for final submission to MTA. We connected the group with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, who are standing by to sign a lease for the space on behalf of the Q Gardens stewards; it looks like that lease-signing is on the horizon!

Harlem, Manhattan - A local landscape designer and seasoned gardener is interested in creating a safe space for kids to play with your help! If you live close to the lot on 8th Ave between West 146th and 147th give Michael a call at 646-957-0274 or email him at michael.spina@gmail.com.

Lots with Access
Harlem, Manhattan - Looking for a garden to join? The recently formed Harlem Valley Garden is planning on creating bike parking, vertical herb and vegetable gardens, certified compost project, community picnic area, children's play area, and more! Contactharlemvalleygarden@gmail.com for information on becoming a member or to subscribe to the newsletter.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Myrtle Village Green is accepting applications for gardening memberships! Find the request form here.

NYC COLLABORATORS
The Elmhurst Community Garden is having their first garden general meeting of the year this Saturday, March 29 at 10am. Come see how the garden fared through the long winter and help plan new projects for the upcoming season!  Email elmhurstcommunitygarden@gmail.com for more information.

The South Bronx will soon have a farmers' market! Attend the organizing meeting this Sunday, March 30 from 6 - 7:30 at Community Connections for Youth (369 East 149 Street, between Melrose & Courtlandt, 7th Floor) to participate in next steps of planning and discuss the first farm that has signed on! Contact SouthBronxFarmersMarket@gmail.com or call 516-418-6355.

Compost for Brooklyn (Newkirk and East 8th Street, Kensington, Brooklyn) is looking for Open Hours volunteers to facilitate food scrap drop off, interact with community members visiting the garden, keep participation stats, and tend to the compost tumblers. No experience necessary! They're looking for volunteers on Thursdays from 1pm to 3:30pm through the end of June and specific Saturdays from 11am to 1 pm. To sign up for a volunteer shift or learn more, please email Natalia at snucre@optonline.net.

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!

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has grants for community gardens that benefit low-income families. They give $2,500 to $7,500 to be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce. Deadline TOMORROW March 28th, 2014.

The Citizen's Committee of New York City's Community-Scale Composting Grant awards up to $750 dollars to begin a composting system, or expand upon an existing one. Deadline TOMORROW March 28th, 2014.

The Seeds of Change Grant Program offers two $20,000 grants and fifteen $15,000 grants to support sustainable, community-based farming and gardening programs. Deadline THIS MONDAY, March 31st, 2014.

yours,
596 Acres


News From the Acres - March 20, 2014

20 March 2014
two more fences unlocked!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
Months ago Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation was granted a loan from the USDA to transform two vacant lots into gardens this year. With the help of our online map, they identified two Housing Preservation and Development-owned sites in East New York and today the gates were unlocked! If you live in near 9 Chestnut (pictured above, photo credit: Lauren Brown) or 330 Ashford and would like to get involved, call Lauren at  801-915-0052 or email laurenb@cypresshills.org.

Yesterday Paula lead a workshop hosted by EcoPracticum with volunteers from Eagle Academy, Mott Hall, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger & Brooklyn Food Coalition's garden in Bed-Stuy. Scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to see the photo attendees checking out our broadsheets!

Happy first day of Spring! We love sharing good news with you and hope that you can help us continue to create it! Please join us as a monthly donor.



Mark your calendars!
We're labeling lots in the South Bronx this Tuesday, March 25th around 2 pm! We'll hit up this series of lots owned by Housing Preservation and Development that were planned as a public park but never was built. If you'd like to join us, or if there's a lot near you that needs a sign, let us know!

Saturday, March 29th we'll be tabling at GreenThumb's 29th Annual Grow Together Conference held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx (500 Grand Concourse) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come by our table and say hi, and stay for our 2 pm workshop where new land stewards will be talking about their recently successful land access campaigns!

Come join us at our office in Build It Green! in Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) onThursday, April 3rd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for a Citywide General Meeting to meet folks from other neighborhoods and boroughs! We'll be sharing stories and troubleshooting any sticky points in the process. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming General Meetings in Harlem (Wednesday, April 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)and East New York.

We'd love help assembling books in our Gowanus office at the Build It Green! (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn) on Saturday, April 5 from 1 pm. to 3:30 pm. No experience necessary! Come stitch and chat! RSVP: organizers@596acres.org.

Join 596 Acres as we present at the Parsnip Throwdown, a conversation about food and farming hosted by Farm Catskills on Monday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm atSuperfine (126th Front Street, Brooklyn). More details here.

596 Acres is teaming up with The Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School for Vacant Acres, a 2-day symposium on April 22nd and 23rd that will bring practitioners from around the world together to discuss transforming vacant land into community resources. For more information and to register, click here.
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Rockaway, Queens - This large lot across the street from the Full Gospel Tabernacle and has been vacant for over ten years. If you'd like to join the neighbors and church-goers who would like to see it turned into a garden, shoot Keisha an email at kfrazier89@gmail.com.

Claremont Village, Bronx - Jose and Krystal would love to start organizing around this lot on Hoe Avenue that tucked into a block full of houses. To help out give Krystal (347-734-4863) or Jose (718-300-3643) a call!

East New York, Brooklyn - A few days ago we got an email from a neighbor near 87 Legion that would love to start a garden. Housing Preservation and Development, the agency that owns the site, has said that interim use is a possibility! Emailmary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ex 3 to get connected to the neighbors!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Do you live near Myrtle Avenue? Have you seen this lot between two buildings near Nostrand? Lynne Cheng, Deputy Director in Brooklyn for Housing Preservation and Development, the agency that owns the lot, suggested that this might be a great place to pursue a license for a garden. Start organizing! Give us a call if you need help: 718-316-6092 ex 3.

Lots with Access
Rockaway, Queens - Edgemere Organic Farm is constructing a greenhouse on the space they share with Bed-Stuy Coalition Against Hunger. Check out their latest photos, and if you're in the Rockaways, stop by for a visit!

NYC COLLABORATORS
Wendy Adringa of GreenLab Studio (who created the amazing layout for the future garden at 216 Forbell) was asked to create a  ten-foot square garden for Dwell magazine and the result was this Urban Survivor Garden. Stay tuned: GreenLab will be teaming up with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in the upcoming months to create similar mini gardens!

The New York Community Garden Coalition is having a general meeting on TONIGHT,March 20th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street, Manhattan). GreenThumb's new director, Nancy Kohn will be a special guest!

Have extra food scraps with no where to drop them? Compost for Brooklyn will be hosting four upcoming drop off days on Thursdays from 1pm-3:30 pm and Saturdays from 11am-1pm at their garden at Newkirk and East 8th Street, Brooklyn. Find more details here or email compostforbrooklyn@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!

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has grants for community gardens that benefit low-income families. They give $2,500 to $7,500 to be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce. Deadline March 28th, 2014.

The Citizen's Committee of New York City's Community-Scale Composting Grant awards up to $750 dollars to begin a composting system, or expand upon an existing one.Deadline March 28th, 2014.

The Seeds of Change Grant Program offers two $20,000 grants and fifteen $15,000 grants to support sustainable, community-based farming and gardening programs.Deadline is March 31st, 2014.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - March 13, 2014

13 March 2014

 

maps make change.

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

This past Saturday we were at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom, passing out broadsheets and answering questions about the vacant land in your neighborhood. Nestled between The Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust and Roger That  Garden Project, we also had friends to chat with!
 
Today Paula is headed to London to present at a conference at London School of Economics Cities in London titled "Urban Data: from fetish object to social object." Speakers will present cases in which local communities have used participatory data-gathering and mapping practices to open up questions of distributional justice, make claims against power, and gain a sense of themselves as having agency and competence with networked tools. It's awesome to think of our work in this global context!

Mark your calendars!
Save the date for Saturday, March 29th at GreenThumb's 29th Annual Grow Together Conference held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx (500 Grand Concourse) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come by our table and say hi, and stay for one of many workshops!

New Grants and Deadlines!
Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to our Green For Your Green section!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Jamaica, Queens - Wayne, our friend from 743 Blake Street, noticed this lot at 106-39 Guy R Brewer Blvd near the South Jamaica Queens Library. He called the lot's owner, Housing Preservation and Development, and found out that there are no immediate plans for the space. If you live in Southeast Queens, start talking to your neighbors! Also, head over to the library (108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica) on Thursday, March 20th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm for a panel discussion on urban green space development and a documentary on Dr. George Washington Carver. Call Wayne at 206-376-0019 or email info@greenthescene.comyr.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - Last Saturday morning Ryan, who is organizing the creation of 126th Street Community Garden and Apiary, gathered over 80 signatures from supportive neighbors! Last night the project was presented to the Manhattan Community Board 10's Parks, Recreation, and Transportation Committee who loved the idea! Next stop: the general board meeting on March 26th!

Harlem, Manhattan - John let us know that Housing Preservation and Development, the owner of this little lot snuggled in the middle of East 108th Street, does not currently have development plans! Contact John attriplemgarden@gmail.com to join the planning!

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Last week Hooper Street Park Garden presented in front of Brooklyn Community Board 1's general board and received full support! They are collecting a few letters from local electives and will be submitting their application to GreenThumb soon! Also, the group is still looking for a volunteer horticulturalist or landscape designer. If you know of one, you can email hooperstreetpark@gmail.com

Lots with Access
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Join 100 Quincy Community Garden this Saturday, March 15th from 11 am to noon for a general meeting at the garden (Quincy at Franklin St). There's still time to become a member - attend 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!

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has grants for community gardens that benefit low-income families. They give $2,500 to $7,500 to be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce. Deadline March 28th, 2014.

The Citizen's Committee of New York City's Community-Scale Composting Grant awards up to $750 dollars to begin a composting system, or expand upon an existing one. Deadline March 28th, 2014.

The Seeds of Change Grant Program offers two $20,000 grants and fifteen $15,000 grants to support sustainable, community-based farming and gardening programs. Deadline is March 31st, 2014.

yours,
596 Acres


News From the Acres - March 6, 2014

06 March 2014
we hit two branches of government this week!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Last Friday we attended a pretty confusing city council Housing and Buildings Oversight Hearing on Vacant Property in New York City, at which newly appointed commissioners from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Department of Finance were unable to answer many basic questions about NYC's vacant land and buildings. This morning Mary, our organizer, had a hopeful conversation with a super helpful staff person working on HPD property in Brooklyn, Lynne Cheng (who will be happy to hear from any of you about HPD-owned land in your neighborhood). Ms. Cheng told us that she recognizes that there are many parcels of HPD land that are just not suitable for development and are great opportunities to be turned into community spaces; she is going to work on making a list of those parcels so we can even better direct your organizing efforts. Right on! And in the meantime, we still have our map. To read our Director Paula's testimony from City Council's NYC Vacant Land Oversight Hearing, click here.

Yesterday we headed to Brooklyn Borough Hall to support the New York City Community Garden Coalition at their press conference to announce their lawsuit against the City of New York for the wrongful destruction of the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island two months ago. That's the supporters pictured above!
 

Mark your calendars!
Join us at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on this Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there joined by members of the Roger That Community Garden!

Save the date for Saturday, March 29th at GreenThumb's 29th Annual Grow Together Conference held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx (500 Grand Concourse) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come by our table and say hi, and stay for one of many workshops!

Community Land Access Advocacy Network!
Congratulations to 3000acres! Their new map online (inspired by ours) and first food production space in Melbourne, Australia, have been born! Check them out:www.3000acres.org!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - John reached out to us and would love to turn this little lot snuggled in the middle of East 108th Street into a garden, but he also has several other lots in mind! If you live in Harlem and are looking for a place to grow, reach out to him attriplemgarden@gmail.com or contact Mary, 596 Acres' organizer at 718-316-6092, ex. 3.

Harlem, Manhattan - 227 West 115th Street will be presenting in front of Manhattan's Community Board 10's Parks, Rec, & Transportation Committee next Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30 pm at 215 W. 125th Street, on the 4th Floor! If you're a neighbor or connected to a local institution that wants to get growing this spring, contact Jonathan atjonathanriedel@gmail.com or 239-898-0317 to join!

Harlem, Manattan - The first meeting of the future 126th Street Community Garden and Apiaryis tomorrow evening at 7 pm in front of the lot (126th Street between Lennox and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). Meet the neighbors, hear about their incredible plans for this space, and prepare for an upcoming presentation at the Manhattan Community Board 10 meeting!

Melrose, Bronx - Neighbors who leave near the corner lot at 840 Tinton have interest in creating a 'jam garden', a place for music, arts & crafts, and just getting together! They already have the full support of the nearby church, too. Contact Kesha at electriccamp@gmail.com or646-351-5514 to get involved.

East New York, Brooklyn - Keemanee, a neighbor near this lot on Farragut Road, has dreams of creating a community garden that can team up with a nearby daycare and host a compost and recycling drop off site! If you live nearby and would like to help out, watch the page to get updates about the first meeting!

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Last week Hooper Street Park Garden presented in front of Brooklyn Community Board 1's Parks and Waterfront Committee and received support! Next Tuesday, March 11th the neighbors will be presenting in front of the general board for final approval. Also, the group would love to be connected with a volunteer horticulturalist or landscape designer. If you know of one, you can email hooperstreetpark@gmail.com

Lots with Access
Greenpoint, Brooklyn - 61 Franklin Street Garden is holding their first meeting of the 2014 season! Join them Wednesday, March 12th at 7pm. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details of the location.

Bushwick, Brooklyn - Help support Evergreen Lots and neighbors at their El Garden Fundraiser! There will be raffle prizes, tunes by DJ Ron, drink specials and more! Head to theTradesman (222 Bushwick Ave) from 7 pm to 12 am.

NYC COLLABORATORS
This section of our newsletter highlights some offerings and events from our core collaborators.

The Citizen's Committee for New York City is partnering with the Lawyers Alliance for New York to offer a new workshop! At "To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3)" will explore the questions ofthe pros and cons of becoming a 501(c)(3) and much more! However, it will not cover how to become a 501(c)(3). Join them Tuesday, March 25, 6pm – 7:30pm in Midtown Manhattan. The workshop is free, but space is limited. To RSVP and learn more, contact Wilfredo Florentino: 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 - February 27, 2014

27 February 2014
"After everything I went through with the other lot, all the hard work... I'm so ready to do it all over again!"

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

This past weekend Feedback Farms moved from 348 Bergen to their new home at 123-159 Ingraham Street, where they will be providing fresh vegetables and gardening opportunities to the 400 residents of the The Doe Fund's largest facility in Bushwick. That's their beds being stacked and hauled away, above!
 

Mark your calendars!
Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there joined by members of the Roger That Community Garden!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Warsoff Wilds has submitted a proposal packet to The Department of Sanitation's Real Estate office in hopes of being granted access to start a project on this acre of City-owned land. Assemblymember Joseph Lentol has written a letter to Mayor de Blasio about the project!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Join 1187 Fulton next Wednesday, March 5th as they present in front of Brooklyn Community Board 3's Parks, Arts & Culture Committee at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton, 5th Floor) at 6:30 pm.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Neighbors have partnered with Nuestros Ninos, a local community day care provider near the lot at 375 South 5th St are working on creating a new space called Hooper Street Park Garden. They have a new Facebook page and a site where you can sign up to be a member! Also, the group is looking to be connected with a volunteer horticulturalist or landscape designer. If you know of one, you can emailhooperstreetpark@gmail.com.

Red Hook, Brooklyn - Dierell, who pioneered the organizing at 743 Blake (which is still happening!) has had to make a sudden move to a new neighborhood: Red Hook. Couldthis lot on Columbia Street be the site of a new garden? What about this space Coles Street attached to the back of a school? If you live in Red Hook and are interested in starting a garden space, email mary@596acres.org to get connected to Dierell.

NYC COLLABORATORS
This section of our newsletter highlights some offerings and events from our core collaborators.

Are you a Bushwick resident who thinks that community interests are more important than capital interests? Are you part of a group seeking to better understand your role in the struggle for a just community? Learn how to have a 1-on-1 meeting with a stranger and meet others who are looking to be a part of the fight against capital interest-only developments in Bushwick. Head over the The Silent Barn (630 Bushwick Ave between Jefferson and Melrose) this Saturday, March 1st from 2-6 pm for Community Relationship-Building (1-on-1) Workshop and potluck!

Join Bronx Green-Up and GreenThumb/NYC Parks in learning the basics Starting Seeds Indoors next Wednesday, March 5th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4-6 pm at Garden of Life and Health (East 157th Street and Melrose Avenue)This is a bilingual English/Spanish workshop! See what other workshops are being offered each month, click here.

Join The New York City Community Garden Coalition on Sunday, March 9th at LaGuardia Place between W3rd and Bleecker for a victory party to celebrate the January 7th, 2014 ruling that is protecting Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Corner Gardens, and LaGuardia Park in Greenwich Village and prevented the NYU Expansion Plan. The celebrating starts at 1 pm! Read more here.

The Citizen's Committee for New York City is partnering with the Lawyers Alliance for New York to offer a new workshop! At "To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3)" will explore the questions of the pros and cons of becoming a 501(c)(3) and much more! However, it will not cover how to become a 501(c)(3). Join them Tuesday, March 25, 6pm – 7:30pm in Midtown Manhattan. The workshop is free, but space is limited. To RSVP and learn more, contact Wilfredo Florentino: 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 - February 20, 2014

20 February 2014
your garden might be under snow, but composting is still happening around the boroughs! photo credit: gil lopez

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

596 Acres is seeking an intern! Come work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks starting March 1, 2014. Tasks will include talking with NYC organizers, tabling, putting up signs on vacant lots, helping us prepare for and run the April 22-23 Symposium we are co-hosting at the New School, 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. More detailshere.
 

Grant deadline coming up!
The Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant is due TODAY! Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section below for more info.

Mark your calendars!
Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there joined by members of the Roger That Community Garden!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Coney Island, Brooklyn - Minico, who's gathering neighbors to plan a garden at 2427 Mermaid, was the first to pick up one of our new metal signs to hang on her lot. If you live in Coney Island, email Minico at mbr3028@gmail.com to join the list of supporters.

East New York, Brooklyn - Join the organizers from 743 Blake at the Brooklyn Community Board 5 meeting on next Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm. Get in touch to meet them every week at the New Lots Library on Wednesdays at 5:30pm or email info@greenthescene.comyr.com.

Upper East Side, Manhattan - We've been supporting Manhattan Community Board 8 in their interest in bringing green space to their district. In the next few weeks they'll be submitting a proposal to MTA to someday turn this site on 2nd Avenue into a park.

Harlem, Manhattan - The lot on 111th Street received a letter of approval from Manhattan Community Board 10!  In the next few days we hope to hear that this group will be the garden #21 that 596 Acres has helped!

Lots With Access

Feedback Farms, originally nestled between the lots containing A Small Green Patch in Boerum Hill, needs help moving their beds to a new location. They have partnered withThe Doe Fund, which helps the homeless and formerly incarcerated get back on their feet, to build out a new site at 123-159 Ingraham Street, where they will be providing fresh vegetables and gardening opportunities to the 400 residents of their largest facility in Bushwick. Head over to 348 Bergen Street TOMORROW Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd from 10 am to 5 pm. You can just show up, or shoot an email info@feedbackfarms.com, or call 203-560-4506. A Small Green Patch is moving too, and the gardeners are sharing their skills, plants, and expertise with another soon-to-be garden in Bed-Stuy, 1187 Fulton.


NYC COLLABORATORS
This section of our newsletter highlights some offerings and events from our core collaborators.

The New York Community Garden Coalition is holding a general meeting TONIGHT, February 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street, Manhattan). Hear about what's new with gardens all over the city, as well as updates on the recently demolished Boardwalk Garden and about the LaGuardia Garden/NYU court case.

If you live in Queens head over to the Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137th Avenue, Jamaica) on this Saturday, February 22nd from 1 to 3 pm for an event hosted byUrban Greening Alliance. There will be a panel discussion on urban green space development and a documentary on Dr. George Washington Carver. Call Wayne at 206-376-0019 or email info@greenthescene.comyr.com

Bronx Green-Up and NYC Compost Project are hosting a series of free workshops at theNew York Botanical GardenThis Saturday, February 22, 11 to 1 pm the NYC Compost Project Information Table will be available with answers to all your composting questions. For more details and a full list of upcoming events, take a look at their February schedule.

Staten Island Grove to Give is having their next meeting this Monday, February 24th, at 7 p.m. in the parlor of Castleton Hill Moravian Church (1657 Victory Blvd. between Fairview Ave. and Hodges Place).

EcoSation:NY is accepting applications for the Community Apprentice Program at Bushwick Campus Farm. The deadline has been extended to March 5th!

Job Opening: The New York Restoration Project is looking for an assistant for the MillionTreesNYC community tree giveaway program.  Read the full job description 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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant deadline is approaching! Neighborhood-led volunteer groups can win assistance with trash collection, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more. Due TODAY February 20, 2014.

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - February 13, 2014

13 February 2014
new signs coming to your neighborhood!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We have new signs! Thanks to SmartSign and Greg Mihalko of Partners & Partners, we have the amazing metal signs pictured above. We can't wait to post them in your neighborhood! If you'd like to pick one up to hang on a vacant lot near you, shootorganizers@596acres an email.
 

Still need something special for your valentine? Our handmade book "I'm So Lucky You Found Me: public land inside the city" by 596 Acres and collaborator Daniel Eizirik can be ordered online or picked up at locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Grant deadline coming up!
The Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant is next Thursday! Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section below for more info.

Mark your calendars!
Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there!

On Tuesday, April 22nd and Wednesday April 23rd we'll be teaming up with the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School to host a symposium for land transformation facilitators from around the world to share the best practices. Thank you to all who submitted an abstract for Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources. For those who hoped to join us but couldn't due to financial reasons: the Southwest Airlines Foundation and the Small Planet Fund have both provided small amounts of travel support for organizers who would not otherwise be able to get here. Learn morehere.

Community Land Access Advocacy Network
Read the latest update about LA Open Acres athttp://596acres.org/en/news/2014/02/07/la-open-acres/. So much is happening!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Brownsville, Brooklyn - A neighbor named Alex who emailed us saying he'd like to start a garden on this space at Thatford and Riverdale. While a neighborhood group had submitted a Gardens for Healthy Community proposal last fall, the program won't be continuing in 2014. It's time to regroup!  Email organizers@596acres.org if you're a member of original group or someone new who would like to help out!

Gowanus, Brooklyn - There's a lot on 2nd Ave right on the water with a crowd of neighbors watching it. Do you know the history of the space or what's there now? Shootmary@596acres.org an email to share what you know!

Harlem, Manhattan - The formerly displaced Lakshmi Garden is aiming to resettle at 256 West 126th Street.  Housing Preservation and Development, the agency that owns the lot, has already given them the OK to submit a proposal to GreenThumb. The next step is getting a letter of support from Manhattan Community Board 10! Can you help? 

Harlem, Manhattan - Jonathan, one of the organizers of the lot at 227 West 115th Streetattended a Manhattan Community Board 10 meeting last night. The group needs to gather more core members to move forward. If you're a neighbor or connected to a local institution that wants to join in the fun this spring, contact Jonathan atjonathanriedel@gmail.com or 239-898-0317 to join!

Lots With Access
Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Keap Street Community Garden is having a meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, February 13th at 6:30pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (334 S. 5th Street). The weather is not in the way for this local group!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Don't forget: 100 Quincy Community Garden is having a meeting and membership drive THIS SATURDAY, February 15th. Email 100quincy@gmail.com for details.

NYC COLLABORATORS
This section of our newsletter highlights some offerings and events from our core collaborators.

The New York Community Garden Coalition is holding a press conference this Monday, February 17th at 11 am, 22nd St and Boardwalk, Coney Island, where Boardwalk Community Garden was illegally bulldozed last month.

Our friends at New Yorkers for Parks have 4 simple good ideas for our next mayor, including "Parks need to be considered as part of the larger infrastructure of neighborhoods and the city as a whole, and City agencies must coordinate to create a safe, cohesive public realm". Read more here.

Bronx Green-Up and NYC Compost Project are hosting a series of free workshops at theNew York Botanical Garden, starting with Crazy for Composting on this Saturday, February 15, 10 to noon, where registered GreenThumb community gardens may request an order of compost, soil, or clean fill for early spring delivery! For more details and a full list of upcoming events, take a look at their February schedule.

Job Opening: BIG!Compost and the New York City Compost Project seek an enthusiastic individual with composting operations experience to join BIG!Compost as a part-time Field Assistant for NYC Compost Project's Local Organics Recovery Program, a program of DSNY's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling. Read the full job description 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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant deadline is approaching! Neighborhood-led volunteer groups can win assistance with trash collection, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more. Due February 20, 2014.

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - February 6, 2014

06 February 2014

 

we moved to gowanus!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We moved! Yesterday we said goodbye to our space in Manhattan and hello to our new home at Build It Green! in Gowanus. We're so happy to be a part of a snazzy new co-working space surrounded by friends. Drop by and say hi while you shop for beautiful reused goods!
 

Interested in strengthening your community board? The new Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is seeking volunteers to serve on the borough’s 18 Community Boards. Read more in this article!

Mark your calendars!
Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there!

Tuesday, April 22nd and Wednesday April 23rd we'll be teaming up with the Tishman Environment and Design Center to host a symposium for land transformation facilitators from around the world to share the best practices.  Learn more about the call for abstracts (deadline tomorrow!) to share a short presentation on Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - 743 Blake will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the New Lots Library (665 New Lots Ave at Barbey St). They're gearing up for meeting with Community Board 5's Parks Committee on February 15th. Email or call Wayne to hear more: (206) 376-0019 or info@greenthescene.comyr.com

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors are working on getting the lot in their lives at 227 West 115th Street transferred to the Parks Department to become a garden. Join them by attending Manhattan Community Board 10's next Land Use Committee Meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 pm at 215 West 125th Street, 3rd Floor! 

Harlem, Manhattan - Ryan at 109 West 126 Street has been in touch with two Harlem based organizations, ScrapKins and Arise Harlem Youth At Risk, to be a part of community building activities. He's also interested in having bees and an apple tree in the garden! Shoot him an email if you'd like to help out: ryan.gaines2@gmail.com

Astoria, Queens - Two Astoria residents, Val and Ben, have been working hard for months preparing a proposal and gaining the support of the local organizations like the Astoria Parks Alliance and the New York Restoration Project to turn the lot near the bridge to Riker's Island into a much-needed garden.  They submitted their proposal to Small Business Services (the agency that owns the lot) who is passing it on to the Economic Development Corporation, which apparently manages/leases most of SBS's land.

Ditmas, Brooklyn - Q Gardens is on its way to a lease from MTA for their site! We introduced the organizers to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, who has submitted all the materials that the MTA asked for so that they can be the formal signatory on the lease (saving the group the trouble of forming their own not-for-profit corporation). Architectural drawings are being finalized. We've got our fingers crossed for Spring!

Hill, Queens - On 124th Street the Anti-Cancer Garden in the making has a bunch of great new photos of the press they've received in the last month!

Lots With Access
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - 100 Quincy Community Garden is having a meeting and membership drive on February 15th.  Email 100quincy@gmail.com for details.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - If you're interested in joining Java Street Community Garden, attend this mandatory first meeting of the season on Sunday, February 23rd from 6-8 pm at Word Bookstore (126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn).

NYC COLLABORATORS
This section of our newsletter highlights some offerings and events from our core collaborators.

Seed Swap!  This Saturday, February 8 head over to Park Slope Permaculture Guild'sand New York Permaculture Exchange's 9th Annual Seed Celebration & Swap at The Old Stone House (336 3rd St, Brooklyn) from 10 to 3 pm. More details here!

Bronx Green-Up and NYC Compost Project are hosting a series of free workshops at the New York Botanical Garden, starting with Crazy for Composting on Saturday, February 15, 10 to noon. For more details and a full list of upcoming events, take a look at their February schedule

The NYC Department of Sanitation is accepting applications for its upcoming Master Composter Course with various sessions taking place at botanical gardens in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (due tomorrow, February 7!), and Staten Island.

Job Opening: BIG!Compost and the New York City Compost Project seek an enthusiastic individual with composting operations experience to join BIG!Compost as a part-time Field Assistant for NYC Compost Project's Local Organics Recovery Program, a program of DSNY's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling. Read the full job description 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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant deadline is approaching! Neighborhood-led volunteer groups can win assistance with trash collection, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more. Due February 20, 2014.

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - January 30, 2014

30 January 2014
dreaming of spring!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We hosted a Community Land Access Workshop on Monday night in the Info Commons space at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.  We had a great turnout of organizers and folks who just happened to be in the library!  A few attendees took home signs to post on lots in their neighborhoods - that's the snazzy new sign on 2427 Mermaid in Coney Island above!  If you know a group or organization that could benefit from a Community Land Access Workshop, let us know! Email organizers@596acres.org.

Yesterday, our organizer, Mary Elizabeth Prall, hosted another workshop with students at Good Shepherds Services in the Bronx. We used our Land Advocacy Curriculum todiscuss the strengths that can be brought to a group working around a community project. We especially like hearing that strengths such as 'Speaking well with others/being nice' leads to the result of 'People will feel respected and included.' Cute!

Last Friday at Ideas for a Better New York, an event with the Planner's Network, we shared our ideas for the next administration (which you can read about here and here). Check out the Planner's Network resulting document (we contributed two pieces!):http://opportunitiesfornyc.org/

Mark your calendars!
Love composting? The NYC Department of Sanitation is accepting applications for its upcoming Master Composter Course with various sessions taking place in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there!

Tuesday, April 22nd and Wednesday April 23rd we'll be teaming up with the Tishman Environment and Design Center to host a symposium for land transformation facilitators from around the world to share the best practices.  Learn more about the call for abstracts (deadline February 7th!) to share a short presentation on Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources.

Community Land Access Advocacy Network
Our partner project Community Health Councils had a fantastic event in Watts, Los Angeles last weekend!  LA - we're working on your map of opportunities right now! Check out more at LAOpenAcres.org

In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed the Philadelphia Land Bank into law, impacting much of the city's vacant properties. The new entity, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, aims to streamline the process for acquiring vacant land by simplifying regulations, cutting red-tape, and providing more information about city-owned properties. Woo-hoo! Read more here.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Flushing, Queens - There's an anti-cancer garden in the works on 24th Street and they have a new website: http://sustyq.wix.com/anticancergarden

Corona, Queens - The group organizing around a lot on 111th Street reached out to GreenThumb last February and was told that MTA held an easement on this Department of Citywide Administrative Services property. Since then, this persistent team has done independent research with both MTA and the Queens Property Records Office to verify that there is no such easement. We're helping them re-approach the Parks Department to make this space real!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Check out this awesome update from Warsoff Wilds, a group formed around the lot at 48 Warsoff.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn - A teacher from a school across the street from the cute corner lot at 1662 Bergen contacted us about starting a garden for her students to participate in.  She has reached out to the lot's organizer and there's talk of of plan!  If you're a neighbor become a watcher to support this burgeoning idea!

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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant deadline is approaching! Neighborhood-led volunteer groups can win assistance with trash collection, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more. Due February 20, 2014.

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - January 23, 2014

23 January 2014
harlem: ready, set, grow!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

596 Acres is proud to have helped save a neighborhood space in Queens and facilitate its transfer to the the Brooklyn Queens Land TrustA new permanent garden was born on the corner of Foch and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, through our combined efforts and the vigilance of the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association (MMNA). MMNA has maintained the space since 1967; 596 Acres connected them with attorneys Mohen & Segal LLP to represent them for free in court so that they did not lose the land last year to a tax foreclosure and in the transfer to the Trust. Scroll down to see what garden-saving often looks like: papers signed! That's Rohan James from MMNA and Anthony Mohen, 596 Acres volunteer and partner in Mohen & Segal. 

Grant Deadline Coming Up!
The Citizen's Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grants deadline is on Monday! Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section below for more info.

Mark your calendars!
Tomorrow  at 6 pm is Ideas for a Better New York, an event with the Planner's Network at The New School (55 West 13th Street).  596 Acres will be presenting our suggestions for the next administration, which you can read about here and here. RSVPs are appreciated so Michael Mintz at michael.mintz@outlook.com

Hey, South Bronx! Want a community-lead farmer's market? A first meeting is being held this Sunday, January 26th at 6 pm at the Bronx Art Space (301 East 140th Street).  For more information email lily@lilykesselman.com or call 212-204-6518.

Join us this Monday, January 27th from 6:30-8:30 at the Grand Army Plaza Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for a Community Land Access Workshop. Plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects!

Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Ryan, the organizer for the lot at 109 West 126th Street (that's the lot pictured above!) heard from Housing Preservation and Development that he can apply to GreenThumb to create a garden. Become a watcher or shoot him an email to join this new group. They already have a Facebook page!

Harlem, Manhattan - 227 West 115th Street a city-owned site has the possibility of being transferred to the Parks Department. Let the planning begin!

East New York, Brooklyn - Join the team organizing at 743 Blake on Wednesday, January 29th at 6 pm for a meeting with Community Board 5 at 127 Pennsylvania Ave. Email Wayne at info@greenthescene.comyr.com to get further details.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - 1187 Fulton is presenting in front of Community Board 3 on Wednesday, February 5th at 6 pm. Please attend and show your support!  Become a watcher on the lot's page to hear about the upcoming meeting to prepare for the community board presentation.

Red Hook, Brooklyn - Neighbors surrounding two adjacent lots at Columbia and Woodhull are ready to turn this into a community space! Join them!

Lots With Access

20 and counting.... We love to hear how you are doing and share! Drop us a line at organizers@596acres.org with your news!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Congratulations to 462 Halsey Community Garden gardener Sashti on getting his awesome compost project funded! 

Crown Heights, Brooklyn - Help save the Roger That Garden Project, an iconic half-acre community garden that is in imminent danger of destruction as a result of a recent property sale. To find out more, volunteer time, or suggest a new location, please contact Emily Dinan at EBDinan@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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grants deadline is approaching! Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. Due January 27, 2014. More info here

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - January 16, 2014

16 January 2014

 

more east new york, brooklyn, lots labeled!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Last Sunday two members of our team labeled the city-owned vacant lot at Vermont and New Lots. "We noticed a strip of space running alongside the other side of the sidewalk has a tiny lime tree planted in it. As we were hanging the signs a woman came up to us and said she didn't know it was city-owned, but now she thinks her mother and uncle might be very interested in starting a garden here. Turns out they were the folks that planted the lime tree." Awesome!

Mark your calendars!
The Citizen's Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grants deadline is almost here! Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section below for more info.

Friday, January 24th for Ideas for a Better New York, an event with the Planner's Network.  596 Acres will be presenting our suggestions for the next administration, which you can read about here and here

Join us Monday, January 27th from 6:30-8:30 at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for a Community Land Access Workshop. Plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects!

Save the date for Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Making Brooklyn Bloom on Saturday, March 8th. 596 Acres will be there!

Community Land Access Advocacy Network
This article does a great job of describing the development pressure on land in New Orleans.  And there's this -- "That's where organizations like the New Orleans Food and Farm Network come in.  To help more communities short the food chain, the network has partnered with New York-based non-profit 596 Acres to build an online tool called Living Lots NOLA." Right on!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Coney Island, Brooklyn - Tonight the New York Community Garden Coalition is having its general meeting from 6:30-8:30 at the Coney Island YMCA at 29th and Surf. They'll be discussing the recent destruction of the Boardwalk Community Garden and sharing updates. Go lend your support! 

East New York, Brooklyn - Tonight join the team organizing at 743 Blake at 6:30 pm for a Community Board 5 at 127 Pennsylvania Ave. Email Wayne (info@greenthescene.comyr.com) to get further details.

Coney Island, Brooklyn - An organizer at 2427 Mermaid Avenue has been posting flyers around the neighborhood in hopes of gaining more volunteers! Become a watcher to stay updated about their upcoming meeting.

East New York, Brooklyn - This week the lots at 330 Ashford (pictured above) and 9 Chestnut got Cypress Hills Development Corporation as an organizer. Become an organizer, too, and join this local organization in creating two more vibrant neighborhood spaces!


Lots With Access
20 and counting.... We love to hear how you are doing and share! Drop us a line at organizers@596acres.org with your news!

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Check out Java Street community Garden's Collaborative Phase III project. This is where the first vacant lot we put a sign on is, two years later!

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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grants deadline is approaching! Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. Due January 27, 2014. More info here

New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. They lend materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres

News From the Acres - January 9, 2014

09 January 2014

 

think spring -- more & more gardens! in Harlem & in Brooklyn!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations to Harlem Valley Garden for getting a license for West 134th Street!  They are the 20th group that 596 Acres has helped gain access, and the 3rd site in Manhattan. Organizing started when neighbors saw signs our Manhattan Organizing Fellow posted on the lot this summer. Congratulations also to Green Space at 4th Avenue and Sackett Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The group has maintained a campaign to get access to this Department of Environmental Protection Water Tunnel site since 1994 and just before the holidays, they finally did!

This week, our organizer, Mary Elizabeth Prall, hosted a workshop with students atGood Shepherd Services in the Bronx. Students shared drawings of sites in their neighborhoods they'd like to see change - that's them above! Tree stumps, dead grass, and old cars were a common theme! We used our Land Advocacy Curriculum to discuss how vacant places impact our communities and ideas for how we feel they should be changed. If you teach, you can, too!

Thinking about approaching a private lot owner to ask for permission to use their land? We've got guidelines and a sample letter for you: http://596acres.org/en/resources/working-private-land-owners/

This Saturday and Sunday you can recycle your Christmas tree into nourishing mulch for plantings citywide or for your own garden at Mulch Fest 2014

Hooray for LaGuardia Corner Gardens and two other public spaces -- the judge ruled they are parks and deserve protection as spaces that the public relies on.  Any construction or other development that will interfere with the public's use of these spaces will have to be approved by the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo before it can move forward.  Read more here

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bushwick, Brooklyn - A group submitted an application to Green Thumb in December to have a piece of our public land near the intersection to Bushwick and Myrtle that is behind fences now transferred to the Parks Department to become a community space. Join them to support if you're in the neighborhood & cross your fingers from afar. 

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn - Thank you to Grain Collective, an architecture firm that is volunteering their time to help Q Gardens, a group organizing around a lot owned by MTA (that is actually a subway tunnel roof!), to prepare formal architectural drawings as part of their proposal to the Authority. 

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn - There are a handful of watchers keeping their eye on this little lot with a cute paved walkway at Prospect Place. Time for a meeting? If you live in the area become an organizer to help bring the crew together!

Lower East Side, Manhattan - A dog-owners advocacy group is looking for a space to turn into a mini dog park. Could this lot at 276 East 3rd Street be it? Reach out to the folks at www.nycbarkclub.org or contact the organizer if you have other ideas!

Prospect-Lefferts, Brooklyn - Join Maple Street Community Garden on Saturday, January 25 at 1 pm at the Crown Heights Public Library (520 York Ave) for a general meeting. Email maple3garden@gmail.com to put items on the agenda. They are part of our private lot network!

East New York, Brooklyn - The team organizing at 743 Blake is growing!  Email Wayne at iinfo@greenthescene.comyr.com to get your name on the list of supporters.

In Your Neighborhood - Is there a city-owned lot you'd like to organize around that needs labeling? Shoot mary@596acres.org an email to get a few signs put up and let the neighborhood know there's an opportunity to take a hold of. 

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 here. Below is a sampling. 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!

Get ahead for the Spring! 
Contact Hart's Seeds to receive a donation of seeds for your garden.
- Sign up to give away trees from the New York Restoration Project to your neighbors!

Citizen's Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grants deadline is approaching! Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. Due January 27, 2014. More info here

New York Restoration Project: NYRP's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces.  NYRP lends materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

yours,
596 Acres