West 104th Street Garden

June 27, 2011

July 4 Potluck

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Next Monday, July 4th is our potluck 4th of July Party!
West Garden at The W. 104th Street Gardens
12pm until sundown/9pm

  • The larger grill will be available
  • Please bring something yummy
  • Also remember things like ice, paper towel, napkins & charcoal–and remember that charcoal that has been soaked in lighter fluid is not permitted.
  • Remember, No smoking in the garden, no intoxication or disorderly conduct
  • Children should be attended to at all times
  • Please keep the volume down (music & otherwise)
  • Thoroughly clean the BBQ & utensils at the end of the party

Most of all, let’s have some fun!!!

–Kristin Ligocki

You can email me w/ questions!


June 24, 2011

Upcoming Events from Greenthumb

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Here are a couple of events recommended by Greenthumb:

Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving – Monday, June 27

It is with great pleasure that we announce a lecture and discussion with Seed Savers Exchange: “Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving” presented by GreenThumb, Horticultural Society of New York and New York Restoration Project. We hope that you will help us reach the New York City urban agriculture community by sharing this invitation with your colleagues as well as the communities that you work with.

Seed Savers Exchange curator Shanyn Siegel will lead an informative presentation and discussion on the seed saving movement and guide the audience through the basic knowledge that is needed to begin saving your own seeds. Light refreshments will be served.

This event will be held on Monday, June 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Horticultural Society of New York.

Please RSVP to events@nyrp.org by June 24 to reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you there!

More Information

Register now for the American Community Gardening Association 32nd Annual National Conference
“Community Gardening Works!” – August 18-21

August 18-21, 2011
Columbia University

The conference includes, Keynote Speakers, Workshops, Garden Tours, Networking Events, Film Festival Gala Dinner & Silent Auction, Garden Bookshop

$300 Early Bird Registration until July 15, 2011 (includes ACGA membership)

First 200 registrants receive a free copy of the book “Restorative Commons. Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes,” edited by Lindsay Campbell and Anne Wiesen. 

Volunteers are eligible for $100 off registration fee.  Limited scholarships are available.

Please register at: www.communitygarden.org

June 23, 2011

Compost Committee In Action

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Part of the Compost Committee’s project goals for 2011 involve expanding the West 104th Street Community Garden composting operation to include participation by neighboring non-garden members. Toward this end, compost committee members posted literature about the project and distributed the flyers in the neighborhood. A drop off barrel was installed in the garden’s eastern lot to receive compostable donations from neighbors – primarily fruit and vegetable scraps.

Another aspect of this year’s project involves giving back some of the garden’s freshly-made compost to area street tree wells most in need of soil improvement. The garden’s Street Tree Committee identified a nearby tree pit and tree (!) in need of TLC.

By early June 2011, the first compost was harvested and distributed. The following pictures tell the story.

4 9 2011 1st compost work day cutting up old cornstalks

1st compost work day cutting up old cornstalks (2011-April-09)

Compost delivery to street tree Jean Jaworek and Susan Yarnell (2011-June-04)

Compost delivery to street tree Jean Jaworek and Susan Yarnell (2011-June-04)

Paula Gifford and Bridget Johnston sorting greens and browns (2011-June-15)

Paula Gifford and Bridget Johnston sorting greens and browns (2011-June-15)

Susan Yarnell prepping compost for screening

Susan Yarnell prepping compost for screening

Jean Jaworek and Susan Yarnell and street tree

Jean Jaworek and Susan Yarnell and street tree

Manhattan Ave W 104 street tree with compost and mulch

Manhattan Ave W 104 street tree with compost and mulch

June 4, 2011

June 2011 Events

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We have 2 special events scheduled so far for the month of June:

• The Flea Market will take place Saturday, June 18th at 11am. I will begin flyering this weekend for the event.

• The musician, Dian Sentino, a rhythm & soul singer will be performing on June 21st from 2pm-3pm as a part of the Make Music New York Festival. Check out her Facebook page:


• Also in the works, is a performance by the Autumn Horne which would be a children’s theatre production and one involving original playwrights http://www.autumnhorne.com/ and a performance by local comedian, Jason Verlaine.

Have a great weekend!

All the Best,

Kristin Ligocki
Special Events

June 1, 2011

Meeting Minutes May 14, 2011

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West 104th Street Community Garden

Garden Meeting/Work Day
Saturday, May 14, 2011

The members present voted in favor of authorizing a payment of $375 for labor costs to repaint the fence in the front of the east garden.

Ariel Behr reported that she had drafted rules for private events in the garden that correspond with the views expressed by members at the last meeting. In particular, the draft rules will require a $50 refundable deposit for events from members, and a $75 deposit from non-members, $50 of which will be refundable. Ariel will work with Kim Maitland to finalize the draft rules and event application process.

A member of the Citizens’ Committee for New York City appeared and presented a check for $290 to the Garden, which represents the proceeds of a grant for the community composting program.

The Port O San has been installed in the East Garden for the season. Melissa Glowski, the GT co-ordinator, explained that the application did not offer the option of requesting a wheelchair accessible toilet this year and none were available.

Melissa said that she has been following up with the City to get the damaged tree branch in the west garden removed and to deal with the retaining walls in the east garden.

Janice Vrana has stepped down as the contact for Farming Concrete. Barbara Garson volunteered to take on the assignment.

Members were reminded to remove pots from the east garden; in particular, the pots on the stage in the east garden should be removed.

Members who were present voted to keep in place the plastic and metal flamingos that are in the communal flower bed that runs along the front fence. All other personal items must be removed from community beds.

The water barrels in the east garden will be moved next to the Port O San to relieve the pressure on the retaining wall.

The DEBNA Plant a Thon on May 15 was announced, as was an electronics recycling event on May 21. (See previous news item for details).

A musician will perform in the Garden on June 21 as Part of Make Music New York. Kristen will provide further details.

The next garden workday is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 from 6-8pm.

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