West 104th Street Garden

July 29, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting/Beekeeping events at Brooklyn Commons

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If you’re interested in rainwater harvesting or beekeeping, check out these workshops and visit http://thecommonsbrooklyn.org for our full calendar and for more details.

RAINWATER HARVESTING Part 1: presentation with Q&A
Saturday, July 31, 1-3:30 p.m.

RAINWATER HARVESTING Part 2: hands-on workshop
Sunday, August 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This two-part class, taught by Tyler Caruso, a student at Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, can be taken in combination or separately.
$15 for Saturday alone; $40 for Sunday alone; $50 for both (suggested; pay what you can)

The Saturday afternoon presentation will provide an overview of rainwater harvesting: techniques, active and passive methods of water collection, history, best management practices, and applicability to conserving rainfall as a natural resource.

The Sunday workshop is geared towards do-it-yourself types who want to learn about installing their own rainwater harvesting systems. During lunch there will be an opportunity to meet individually to discuss your rainwater plans and projects.


This three-part series, taught by the knowledgeable and entertaining James Fischer from the Gotham City Honey Co-op and the NYC Beekeepers Meetup, can be attended as a set or separately. $6 each or two for $10 or three for $15 (suggested; pay what you can)

Session 1: What’s the Buzz?
Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m.

-Why keep bees, who keeps bees, how people keep bees
-Beekeepers’ year: what happens when
-What newbies ought to know

Session 2: Hive Inspection
Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m.

-How to inspect a hive and what’s happening at this time of year

Session 3: Overview of Bee Behavior, Pests and Diseases
Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m.

Understanding the behavior of bees is crucial to nearly every aspect of beekeeping. If you don’t understand their instinctive goals and correctly interpret their actions, you will be working against, rather than with them. Merely keeping one’s bees alive requires vigilance on the part of the beekeeper, but the good news is that New York is separated by the Hudson River from the US mainland, so we have a chance at controlling diseases and pests in NYC if we work together.


The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn

If you have questions, contact melissa@thecommonsbrooklyn.org


A, C and G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Bergen Street; B, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Atlantic-Pacific; LIRR to Flatbush Avenue; B63 and B65

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Aug 5, 7pm: Concert in the Garden SAVE the DATE!

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Dear Gardeners,

We hope you’ll join us for an evening of music on the East Garden Stage next Thursday, Aug 5 7PM-9PM featuring some home grown talent and some new friends! Details will follow soon but please save the date.

Alan Tenney

July 25, 2010

Jul 31: Harlem Green community gardens tour

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Thanks to Lucille Murovich for passing this along to us. Sounds like fun.

For Immediate Release:

Harlem Community Gardens are pleased to announce that “HARLEM GREEN,” the 5th Annual Harlem Community Gardens Tour, will take place on Saturday, July 31st(raindate: Sunday, August 1st),2010 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Tour will begin with a breakfast in the Joseph Daniel Wilson Community Garden at 219 West 122nd Street, and the last stop will be at the William A. Harris Garden on 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, where Tourists will experience a traditional, home-style Harlem Barbecue.

The Harlem gardens, all managed by community volunteers, are among New York City’s most extraordinary and best–kept secrets. Tourists will discover an amazing variety of trees, vegetables, herbs and f lowers as well as ponds, gazebos, rain-water harvesting systems, and more. The gardens are host to people of all ages. Some are shade gardens where folks can come to relax or cook a meal. The gardens run programs for toddlers, young mothers, youths and seniors; some have tutoring programs and environmental studies workshops for teens and other community folks. There are canning and preserving workshops. Some gardens host Community Supported Agriculture programs– “CSA’s”.

“Harlem Green” is supported by the Green Guerillas of NYC; Greenthumb; HUG (Harlem United Gardens);The NYC Community Gardens Coalition (NYCCGC); the Parks and Recreation Department of NYC ; Project Harmony, Inc., and the William A. Harris Garden.

Parks is providing transportation for those who would rather ride than walk.

For more information call 212.662. 2878 or 917.288.8053.

July 22, 2010

Annual Peach Harvest this Sunday, July 25th at 6 pm

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Dear Garden Members,

It’s time for peaches. The Annual Peach Harvest will be held on Sunday evening, July 25th starting at 6 pm. There will be plenty for everyone. If you aren’t able to come and would like us to reserve some fruit kindly email Alan Tenney (alan.tenney@gmail.com).

If you can attend please bring along a basket or bag and your patience. It may take a while to remove the fruit. For this reason your sturdy ladders (say 4 to 8 feet tall) are also invited.

A Farming Concrete weigh station will be in operation so we can record the harvest. These peaches will contribute mightily toward our federal grant weight goal!

Janice Vrana
Steering Committee Member

July 19, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting Info Session this Weds, July 21, 7:30PM‏

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Dear Gardeners,

This Weds, July 21 at 7:30 our Green Thumb Contact, Lou Ludyny, is hosting an information session on the rainwater harvesting system in the West Garden . We are delighted to have Robert Pollack, a gardener at La Perla Community Garden (W105th St and Amsterdam), visit our Garden and share with us their experience (now in its 7th year) of harvesting rainwater from adjacent rooftops. If you have a specific question but can’t attend, feel free email it to Alan Tenney (alan.tenney@gmail.com) and we’ll get Robert’s input. Thanks to Lou for organizing this event!

-Steering Committee

July 11, 2010

Reserve Your Space on the GreenThumb ACGA Bus!‏

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Get on the BUS!

Thanks to generous donations by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, The American Community Gardening Association, and The GreenThumb community Fund, Inc., we are able to provide discounted travel, conference registration, and lodging for registered GreenThumb community gardeners who want to attend the ACGA’s annual conference. For $200, you receive conference registration including most meals, a shared hotel room, and round trip bus transportation from Manhattan to Atlanta.

You must pay $100 ($99 + fee) in advance to reserve a space, first come first serve. Balance due in the form of a check or money order when the bus departs August 4th.

To reserve your space go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118394.

For more information and the password for the discount, call (212) 788-8070.

You must be a member of a GreenThumb community garden.

Once you register there, GreenThumb will send you a conference registration form to complete.

For information on the conference offerings please go to www.communitygarden.org.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER on the ACGA WEBSITE, your conference space is reserved once you sign up here.

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Farming Concrete – Record your edibles!

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Dear Garden Members,

There are now loose leaf binders in the garden that contain the sheets for recording what edibles you grow in the garden. Both are contain the basic Farming Concrete information as well as the sheets. One is stored in the shed of the west side and the other under the gazebo on the east side. There is presently one scale which is also in the gazebo. We plan to have another scale for the w/s as soon as possible.

We hope that Annette Jochum, from Farming Concrete, will be able to swing by this Saturday at the General Meeting (10 am-noon) to speak about the program and to start the data collection.

Happy recording,

Janice Vrana
SC Member

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