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Earth Day BBQ & Potluck - A Huge Success!

Yesterday’s BBQ & Potluck was a huge success.  We owe a big thank you  to everyone who helped in the planning, who showed up and had a good time and who gave to our cause!  
We also want to give a big thank you to the local businesses who generously donated items for our grill.  Thank you so much for your support!
  • Tom Cat Bakery for all the yummy buns and rolls
  • Steve’s Meat Market for the delicious sausage
  • The Garden for the heavenly veggie burgers (we want the recipe!)
We had a great turn-out, and we raised over $600 which will go a long way toward helping us build out our community planting areas, build new raised beds, get a shed to protect our supplies and create a composting system that better meets our needs.
We’ll continue to have community get togethers and educational events throughout the season. If you’d like to participate, contact us at javastgarden@gmail.com.
Celebrate Earth Day!
At last, Spring is here! And we will be celebrating Earth Day and the beginning of growing season with our first fundraiser of the season: a Potluck BBQ on Sunday, April 21, from 3–6pm (definitely could go longer).
The entire Greenpoint community is invited, and there will be fun and food for everyone—even you veggies/vegans and kiddos, too. Friends are also welcome, and we look forward to sharing with you our plans for the year, what we’re growing, and how you can get involved.
If you’re planning on coming by, we ask that you bring your favorite dish to share (should feed four to six) - link to the potluck sign-up sheet is at the top and bottom of this note. We also are asking for a $10 donation, as well, to support our growing garden.
Pot Luck Sign-up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvbiH0j7FvgPdFo3YjVqWGJxdHlNdkY0NmZsdGc3Umc&usp=sharing
Donations: https://ioby.org/project/java-st-garden-collaborative-phase-ii
Please RSVP so we know how much charcoal and grilled goodies we need, pass the invite on to your friends, neighbors and family.  Help us get the word out!
Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Earth Day!

At last, Spring is here! And we will be celebrating Earth Day and the beginning of growing season with our first fundraiser of the season: a Potluck BBQ on Sunday, April 21, from 3–6pm (definitely could go longer).

The entire Greenpoint community is invited, and there will be fun and food for everyone—even you veggies/vegans and kiddos, too. Friends are also welcome, and we look forward to sharing with you our plans for the year, what we’re growing, and how you can get involved.

If you’re planning on coming by, we ask that you bring your favorite dish to share (should feed four to six) - link to the potluck sign-up sheet is at the top and bottom of this note. We also are asking for a $10 donation, as well, to support our growing garden.

Pot Luck Sign-up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvbiH0j7FvgPdFo3YjVqWGJxdHlNdkY0NmZsdGc3Umc&usp=sharing

Donations: https://ioby.org/project/java-st-garden-collaborative-phase-ii

Please RSVP so we know how much charcoal and grilled goodies we need, pass the invite on to your friends, neighbors and family.  Help us get the word out!

Hope to see you there!

New!  Compost bin, raised beds and 30 cubic yards of mulch. We will be green and growing in no time!

Big Changes in 2013

It is hard to believe our last snow fall is not even a week behind us as so much is happening at 59 Java St.

What’s new?

  1. We’ve listened to community feedback and changed direction a bit to add more veggie growing space and change to a more traditional community garden model.  We are working with Palette Architecture to reinvent the space and create a green haven in Greenpoint.
  2. Added an Education Committee to our Steering committee - so watch for info on workshops and info sessions throughout the summer
  3. With the help of GrowNYC and Pimco — put in 17 raised beds where members can grow food
  4. Accepted a donation of 30 cubic yds of untreated wood chip/mulch
  5. Received a new compost bin thanks to Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  6. Are participating in a documentary about community re-invention by projects using funding from the Greenpoint Environmental Benefits Projects Program
  7. Sat on a panel with other 596 Acres supported gardens at the GreenThumb Grow Together Conference — sharing our learnings with others looking to launch gardens in their own communities

… and we’ve only just begun!

Join us for our first volunteer work day on Sat., April 13, and our first BBQ on Sunday, April 21 celebrating Earth Day!

Learn, Grow, Thrive!

Java St. Community Garden

Passing the Gauntlet

As some of you know, Stella Goodall will be leaving the garden and Brooklyn for greener pastures, literally, as she is moving to England end of February.  We are happy to announce that her replacement as director will be Laurie Finch who joined our group in the past year and has shown amazing leadership qualities already as well as being a fantastic resource for growth to the Java St Garden Collaborative.  She has already organized a very productive collaboration with GrowNYC recently wherein a group of corporate volunteers spent the day mulching the entire garden space—we were amazed what they were able to do in such a short time!

Before shutting down for the winter, we inherited several great plants for the garden from a very good neighbor and friend and so you can look forward to seeing some new things blooming come springtime.  Also, Bevin Ross led our Daffodil Planting day with some 100 bulbs which will also be welcome once the cold subsides.

As we look forward to Spring, Laurie has got great things in store for the group and the garden as a whole.  Please continue to watch this space as they grow and flourish into a thriving open green space for the whole community to share in and enjoy!image

Stella Goodall, Laurie Finch, and Bevin Ross attended ioby’s 3rd Annual Benefit at Brooklyn Brewery last Thursday where lots of fun stuff was on hand for auction, plenty of good brew and snacks were served, and $10,000 was raised by the event for ioby’s on-going goodness-doing.  Java St Garden Collaborative was presented with a Heroes in Our Backyard acknowledgement as were all the other ioby-sponsored local projects.

Manuel Zuniga, garden member, and Tony, friend of the neighborhood with some of our cilantro which he purchased for a small donation to the garden.

Manuel Zuniga, garden member, and Tony, friend of the neighborhood with some of our cilantro which he purchased for a small donation to the garden.

Oct 2

Saturday’s BBQ Celebration & Fundraiser was a big hit!  We made new friends, some cash, and lots of burgers.  Thanks to all who came, donated, and participated in making this day happen.  We’re already talking about our Spring Fling, stay tuned…