Subway directions: take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station. Exit at the Prospect Avenue end of the station.
There will be activities for all ages! Help us with spring planting projects, go on a scavenger hunt, and learn all about composting. There will be music and sing-a-longs. Come take a tour of the farm and see what’s sprouting. Plus we’ll have crafts, plants, and books for sale!
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The event is free but donations will be accepted. Prospect Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible.
Got Seeds? Potential abounds as we approach spring. Come meet other gardeners and trade remains of your favorite packs, seeds you decided not to plant or seeds you have saved. Please label your seeds with variety and year. Learn about planting and growing seeds. Free seed catalogs. Art packs for sale from Hudson Valley Seed Company. Saved seeds from the OSH garden to clean and take home. Free seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Bring seedy snacks to share! Email email@example.com if you wish to add something to this event.
The farm has been pretty quiet since we trench-composted and leafed up most of our beds for winter. But spring is creeping onto the horizon! GreenThumb just announced their annual conference, which kicks off the season in NYC. All our members who have attended have gotten so much out of this day of workshops — this year’s topics include: food systems education, kids’ activities, vegetable growing techniques, and community garden design for the present and future.
Sat, March 30, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, 365 5TH AVENUE
After weeks of muggy weather, fall dropped just in time for our Open House. We had a small but enthusiastic group of visitors helping us find the bugs in the compost and the snails pretty much everywhere. We also harvested the last of our tomatoes (many still green), plus more okra, peppers, and green beans, and picked a lot of wild asters. We’ve been slowly planting some fall crops, including brassicas and root veggies. We may try some winter planting experiments this year as well.
We had beautiful weather for our Earth Day event this year, and we saw a lot of folks from our community come out to join us. They helped us sift compost and look for worms and learn a bit about climate change. After an extended winter, it was great to bask in the sunshine and plant seeds for the season. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and enjoyed the day with us! We hope you’ll come back throughout the summer.
We’ve had two productive work days so far, and in between we had our biggest snow fall of the year. Happily the snow was mostly gone by the weekend.
On St Patrick’s Day we did a lot of clean-up around the beds, bundling up branches and twigs, re-building a stone wall behind one of the beds, moving raspberries, and collecting soil for testing. Plus we planted onions and shallots in one of the raised beds.
First work day!
Rebuilding the wall
Planting shallots and onions
This week we took on the shed, pulling everything out, purging, and reorganizing everything that went back in. We had some daffodils that survived the snow admirably, but some especially wet compost that needed some extra help — we learned that this is a common spring experience as frozen greens finally thaw out. Jo gave an impromptu clipper sharpening tutorial. We noticed our recently pruned fruit trees blooming more than we’ve ever seen before (see main image above). Weather permitting, we hope to be back at it next week!
As spring nears, there will be a lot of great community events and classes happening! Here are a few that we recommend:
Making Brooklyn Bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This year’s theme is Greening Together: People, Plants, Justice and will lead community conversations regarding issues of urban ecology, wellness, stewardship, and the connections required of concerned citizens engaged in transforming lives and neighborhoods. Free with event flyer.
Grow Together: Honoring Our Roots, GreenThumb’s annual conference at BMCC on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The day will be packed with workshops and kids’ activities, like seriously packed! Show up early to sign up for workshops, as the popular ones will fill up quickly. All our members who have attended this conference in the past have come away with tons of knowledge, resources, and goodies. $5 entry fee, children 12 and under are free
Both BBG and GreenThumb have events for all ages listed on their sites — click their respective links to see more.
While new members are welcome at any point in the year, we’re having our annual meeting for current and prospective members next month. This is a great opportunity for new members to learn more about the farm and meet most of the people involved.