Almost-spring Work Day Feb. 25, 2012

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This Saturday February 25, 11am-3pm, stop by to help put together our first raised bed. At Prospect Farm we use raised beds for starting seeds and growing small crops of plants we don’t want to grow in one of the main garden beds. Some of us have already started seeds indoors; if you’re interested in joining stop by and let us know.

In addition, our brand new tool shed is now mostly ready, but we’ll be adding hooks and shelves inside.

Volunteer Sat June 11th, 2011

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Please come to Prospect Farm on Saturday June 11th from 10 am – 2 pm to help clear the top of Prospect Farm for our Phtyoremediating ornamental plant garden. Bring gloves, drinking water, and any tools you may have. Adults only please.

AND!

From 1-4 pm we will begin to level a flat area for our 3-bin composting system. Prospect Farm has been successful collecting food scraps. Help us turn your scraps into rich fertilizer for our crops. Bring gloves, drinking water, and shovels. Adults only please.

Volunteer Sat June 11th, 2011
@Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn
10am – 4pm

June Events Around the Neighborhood

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Prospect Farm will continue to plan volunteer events but there is plenty to help with around the neighborhood too.

Benefit House Party for the Brooklyn Food Coalition & The Indypendent Thursday June 2nd fantastic Indian dinner cooked by professional chef and Indy editor Arun Gupta, dancing under the stars, surprise announcements, and special guests including Jeremy Scahill (investigative reporter & author of Blackwater). Eat, drink, and chat with other activists and celebrate the coming summer.
445 6th Street (upstairs, between 6th & 7th Avenues, Park Slope, $20 advance/$25 door.
Tickets online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176136. Details: http://brooklynfoodcoalition.ning.com/events/bfc-the-indypendent-hosting-a

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BIG Native Planting Day, at the Church Avenue Communal Garden, June 4th This Saturday, June 4th, from 11am-4pm, Sustainable Flatbush will greatly expand the native plant gardens already underway at the Church Not only is this a rare chance to break ground on a native plant garden that will benefit the Flatbush community for decades to come (learn why here), it’s an opportunity to learn about plants native to our area, the many benefits they provide, and how they can be used in gardens. Avenue Communal Garden at the Flatbush Reformed Church.
Saturday, June 4th, 11am-4pm at Church Avenue Communal Garden at the Flatbush Reformed Church
 890 Flatbush Avenue (enter at East 21st Street and Kenmore Terrace).
Details: http://sustainableflatbush.org/2011/05/30/big-native-planting-day-june-4th/

Compost for Brooklyn Block Party June 5th Music, raffle, bake sale, and lots of great workshops including: Composting with Brooklyn Master Composters; Recycled Bottle Terrariums with Rani August and Jennifer Dorman; Planting Herbs and Herbal Remedies with Kristy Bredin; Recycling with Sustainable Flatbush; Bokashi with Vandra Thorburn; Make Your own Necklace with Rebutton Studios; Citizen science with Farming Concrete; Green City Challenge; Bring your broken stuff to be fixed by the Fixer’s Collective; Cooking with Miriam Garron; Trench composting with the Prospect Farm; Compost Tea with Jenny Blackwell and Luke Halligan from the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn; Pin the pollen on the pistil with the Flatbush Farm Share; and so much more.
Sunday June 5th at Compost for Brooklyn; Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street
Details: http://compostforbrooklyn.org/events/

Volunteer Sat. May 21st: Clearing for Compost Bins

Its time to get our new 3 bin compost system up and running. Join Matt and Oren on Saturday morning to clear and level an area before we begin building. All volunteers and members are invited.

Volunteer: Clearing for Compost Bins
Saturday May 21st (canceled for heavy rain)
10 am to 3 pm (or until finished)
at Prospect Farm

Bring gloves, drinking water, and tools if you have them. Children are welcome, but must be supervised by an adult. Email prospectfarmbk@gmail.com with your questions. Directions to the farm are here.

Digging and Sifting Saturday May 14th, 2011

Oren, our master composter will be conducting another round of digging and sifting soil for trench composting. Learn how we remediate the soil and make it better for our plants. Please bring gloves and water. Shovels provided, but please bring more if you have them.
No need to sign up, just drop by. All volunteers and members are welcome. Feel free to bring people out, but please do not bring children.

Digging and Sifting

Saturday May 14th, 2011
10am – 3 pm (or until we finish)
at Prospect Farm: 1194 Prospect Ave, between Seeley and Vanderbilt Sts
F/G Train to Fort Hamilton, exit towards Prospect Ave

May 7th Events + Volunteering

Friends of Greenwood Playground Spring Flea Market 2011

Saturday May 7th (rain date May 8th) come check out Prospect Farm at the Friends of Greenwood Flea Market from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be family-oriented musical entertainment, as well as food vendors, crafts, and treasures galore from your neighbors. We will be there to answer your questions, discuss our progress at Prospect Farm.

Greenwood Playground is located on the corner of Ft. Hamilton Parkway and East 5th Street in Brooklyn next to the F/G lines. See the Friends of Greenwood Playground website for more info: www.friendsofgreenwoodplayground.bbnow.org/

Volunteer Day Saturday May 7th 10 am to 3 pm

Stop by the farm after the flea market to help with some  clearing. All members and volunteers are welcome to help. Bring gloves, drinking water, and tools if you have them. Children are welcome, but must be supervised by an adult. Email prospectfarmbk@gmail.com with your questions. Directions to the farm are here.

Plot Manager and Planting Meeting Sat. April 23rd

Planting Crops and Sign Up April 23rd, 10 am
Do you want to help Prospect Farm grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and more? Sign up to be a plot manager for 2011. We will begin planning and planting on Saturday April 23rd (rain date April 24th) at 10 am, and are looking for 12-14 plot manager to dedicate 1-2 hours a week watering, weeding, and tending crops.

We plan to grow together as a group, which means no individual plots. Plot managers will be scheduled a day to water and tend crops. At the end of each week we will harvest together, weigh and record what we got, and divide up the produce to all members. In the future (this is the beginning of our second year) we hope to offer a CSA, and we feel this is a step towards that model.

Currently our steering committee has decided what to grow based on space, amount of members, and quality of soil. In the future we would love input from the dedicated plot managers. Our current list includes multiple varieties of: tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, spinach, herbs, zucchini, beans, eggplant, peas, squash and ornamentals: sunflowers, Seapink thrift, Ornamental Cabbage (Brassica oleracea), Pennycress (Thlaspi rotndifolium), Hemp Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum).

All plot managers must become members of Prospect Farm, paying a fee of $25 (or $35 with tshirt) paid in cash or check and committing an hour a week to work at Prospect Farm. Details are here: http://prospectfarmbk.wordpress.com/support-us/membership/.

Please respond to this post by email with questions or bring them with you on Saturday the 23rd: prospectfarmbk@gmail.com

If you can not make it there will be opportunites in the future to sign up.

Support Prospect Farm’s Compost System

Here is your chance to support Prospect Farm’s continuing efforts to reduce,  reuse and recycle!! Prospect Farm will be installing a 3 bin compost system in 2011 to streamline composting needs, improve your drop-off experience, and accelerate our process of soil remediation. We are working with Ioby.org to raise the funds in Spring 2011.

How You Can Help –> Simply go to http://ioby.org/projects/brooklyn/prospect-farm-compost-collection-bins

Every dollar donated to this project will be matched by funds from the Brooklyn Community Foundation. We will make double the money in half the time!  Contribute to your ever-growing neighborhood project PROSPECT FARM NOW!

Thank you for all the support you have already shown and for your continued  support & friendship. For questions please contact Astri at akingstone@verizon.net

Volunteer Saturday April 2nd at Prospect Farm

Prospect Farm invites you to the second half of our
2011 Spring Kick-Off Saturday April 2nd

Sunshine is in the forecast. If it rains the day will be moved to Sunday April 3rd. Volunteer, learn, sign up to grow or be a member in 2011. Spring Cleaning includes: trench composting, turning soil, preparing a new composting site, planting ornamentals, and more.

NOTE: We will begin accepting compost on Saturdays from 11am to 2 pm. Bring your food scraps down.

Saturday April 2nd
10 Am – 3 PM  at Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue btw Seeley and Vanderbilt St, Brooklyn
F / G train to Ft Hamilton Station
Bring drinking water, gloves and a shovel if you have one. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Email Questions: prospectfarmbk@gmail.com

Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com