Saturday, January 21, 2012

The F.E.A.S.T. Must Go On

Snow or no snow, 596 Acres will be hosting their F.E.A.S.T. #12 TODAY from 5 to 8pm at the Church of the Messiah in Greenpoint.  Current projects are listed here, so come out and show your love for the Java St Garden Collective!  For 20 clams you will enjoy dinner with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.  Admission is first come, first served, so get there early.  Read about F.E.A.S.T. Brooklyn here and get your snow boots ready to attend their 12th tonight at:

F.E.A.S.T. Brooklyn/#12 Proposals
Church of the Messiah, Greenpoint
129 Russell St btn Nassau & Driggs

But wait, there's more:  Tomorrow, Sunday, is 596 Acres General Assembly from 5:30 to 7:30pm which will focus on folks actively engaged in the process of converting vacant public land into democratically governed, community-determined food and green space. This will be a chance for all to talk about best practices, how our networks can best support each other and what about the 596Acres platform you found most useful and most lacking. 

Members of 462 Halsey Community Garden, A Small Green Patch, Myrtle Village Green and yours truly, all projects of 596 Acres, are all coming, as well as organizers who have inquired about other vacant public land.  Also invited are representatives from IOBY, The Design Trust for Public Space 5 Borough Farm Project, the Brooklyn Food Coalition and the 596 Acres team.

596 Acres General Assembly/Active Organizers
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue btn Hoyt & Bond

Oh yeah, and did I mention pie?  Yes, there will be Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Muppets Do It!

With the January blues well upon us, here's some inspiration while we wait out winter and await our turn to present our project to the city.

A hearing date is still pending, and we have begun to reach out to other agencies besides Green Thumb, i.e. CB1 directly, for a broader scope of opportunity to be granted access to the site at 59 Java Street. We all are sort of in new territory with this movement toward reclaiming unused public land for the benefit of surrounding communities, and so the "proper channels" are not so clearly defined or are becoming redefined.

So, for now enjoy this classic Sesame Street sketch and stay warm!

Sesame Street Garden Cooperation