Carlton Work Day – April 26th

Come out to Carlton Garden next Saturday April 26th to rebuild compost bins and clean out from the winter. We will be out there at 11am and will continue till 4pm.

Carlton Garden is located on Carlton btw. Greene and Fulton in Brooklyn

Workshop this Sunday: Mary, is that a weed? (and can I eat it?)

Come follow Master Gardener
Mary Garsia around the garden and
see which you keep, which you pull,
and which you take home for dinner!

Sunday, August 19
10am–Noon (weather permitting)

Warren St. Marks Community Garden
in Brooklyn, NY

Enter on Warren Street or St. Marks
between 4th and 5th Avenues

How Safe is Your Garden, Really?

I’ve gotten this through several listserves now–it looks like an important and timely event.

How Safe is Your Garden, Really?

Saturday, June 16th

NYCCGC 2007 Community Gardeners Forum
in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auditorium
10:00am – 1:30pm

Across the city, even “permanent” community gardens are being threatened—and planned to be destroyed.

Bronx: In the South Bronx, El Flamboyan Community Garden was awarded money to relocate and rebuild. The Bronx Parks Department was diverting the funds into a project that destroys the community garden.

Manhattan: In Harlem alone, over 20 community gardens are planned to be sacrificed, some for luxury housing. The latest casualty is Nueva Esperanza Garden, evicted on April 15, 2007.

We Still Need a Unified Voice. In 2002, Elliot Spitzer, then the AG, negotiated a settlement that gave gardeners powerful legal tools. That 1999 victory fractured our movement, leaving some gardens in Parks Dept. or other city agencies, some gardens in one of four different land trusts, and some gardens still in limbo. And time is running out on that 2002 settlement—we have less than 3 years left!

Join Us on June 16. Help us revitalize
the unified voice of community
garden citywide, and work with us
to preserve and strengthen your
garden—and all gardens.

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Just Food and Community Supported Agriculture

Just a reminder for everyone out there, its just about time to join your local CSA. If you are lucky enough to have already been a member, then you know just how wonderful the growing season can be!

For those that don’t know, community supported agriculture brings fresh produce from local farms directly to you at great prices. Simply put, this is one of the best community oriented programs in NYC. To get more info about joining visit the JustFood site.

And, if you can come out “JUST KIDDING! A COMEDY BENEFIT FOR JUST FOOD” this MONDAY, MAY 7 AT 8 PM. Click here for a full description.

Events this Weekend and reminder for the Weenie Roast!

The rain has subsided! It’s a little cloudy right now, but the sun will be out tomorrow. So what to do?

If you are around Union Square and reading this now, you could check outNYC Grows.

And there are, of course, the cherry blossoms. I love the map that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden set up to keep track of their “blooming status.”

Or, you could learn about the wonders of composting at the Carlton Avenue Community Garden today, starting a little after 3pm.

A great event that is happening all weekend long is the Clean Clothes and Fair Food conference. The conference began last night by questioning what “fair” means to both the producers and the consumers of food and clothing. There are lots of terrific events still to see and participate in, including a 3pm Rally for Fair Food at Burger King at 7th Ave & 40th St., a performance by Reverend Billy and his Choir tonight (8pm) at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 West 114th Street on Broadway, New York, NY, and a panel tomorrow morning at 9:30am entitled “From Supporters to Partners in the Struggle for Fair Food.” If anyone attends and would like to report back with details please contact me.

Lastly, don’t forget to get yourself to the Pacific Street Garden on Sunday for the Weenie Roast and a chance get your photo taken at one of the most beautiful gardens in Brooklyn!

Come out and Compost!

This Saturday gardeners at the Carlton Avenue Garden will be working the compost bin.

Carlton Garden has a 3 bin system that is currently being rejuvenated, so come out and learn what it takes to compost. It will be a great day to meet gardeners and learn about how you can join the garden. Folks will be arriving at the garden a little after 3 for the compost festivities, but feel free to stop by earlier.

We are located on Carlton Avenue, between Fulton and Greene.