Fall Open House & final summer crop harvests

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.

It’s time to celebrate at our Fall Open House

Please join us for a community gathering to celebrate an excellent growing season.

Activities for all ages! 
+ Composting Demonstrations
+ Music
+ Scavenger Hunt
+ Bake Sale
+ more!

Saturday, October 13, 2018
11am–2pm 1194 Prospect Avenue

FREE but your donations are welcome! Prospect Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event

Welcoming spring with an Earth Day celebration

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.

Join us for Earth Day at Prospect Farm

Winter has been hanging on longer than we hoped, but it seems like spring might finally be winning out. Join us in two weeks as we begin planting for the season! 🌱

Activities for all ages! 
+ Composting Demonstrations
+ Music
+ Face Painting
+ Scavenger Hunt
+ Plant Sale
+ more!

Saturday, April 21, 2018
11am–2pm 1194 Prospect Avenue

FREE but your donations are welcome! Prospect Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event

Notes from first two works days of the year

Fruit tree blooming

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.

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!

 

Upcoming events around the community

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. 

Our neighbors Brooklyn Brainery are hosting two tree walks in Prospect Park on Saturday, March 24th. Beautiful Barks and Signs of Spring starts at 10:30 AM and Best Buds: A Friendly Tree Walk starts are 12:00 PM. $13 each

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.

Come be a part of Prospect Farm in 2018

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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018
4–6pm 30 Ocean Parkway

On the agenda: reports from 2017, planning for 2018, election of board members, and discussion of new initiatives.

We’ll be meeting in the basement “community room” of 30 Ocean Parkway (between E 7th and Sherman Sts). Enter the lobby and take the elevator down. There will be signs posted to guide you.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided by our members.

If you have any questions, please email prospectfarmbk@gmail.com.

Photos from Earth Day 2017

Repotting tomato starts

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors who came out amid rain showers for our Earth Day party! We were happy to have help planting seeds, re-potting tomato starts, and prepping a straw bale for planting — an experiment we will post more about soon! There were a bunch of young visitors exploring every corner of the farm on a scavenger hunt, checking out the worm bin, and getting their faces painted.

Some of those tomato seedlings are marked with their helpers’ names, so we hope they’ll  check back this summer and see the fruits of their labor — literally!

We still have a lot of spring planting to do, so we’ll likely be having work days more frequently over the coming weeks to get all the beds planted. The next scheduled is Sunday, April 30th starting at 10:30am and going to about 1:30pm. Check the home page or our Facebook page for more upcoming dates.

Special shout-out to members Rachel and Jo for taking most of these photos!