Greene Acres Community Garden is located on the corner of Franklin and Greene Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Garden has also been known as Frank Greene Garden, Franklin Avenue Community Center, Sunflower Garden for People, Revolutionary Garden Workers Collective, and, not long ago, the Empty Lot on the Corner.
Next Wednesday at 7pm CUNY students will meet in the garden for World Book Night. The garden will give away 20 copies of The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan to celebrate the love of reading.
The witch hazel is in bloom, the hammock is up, and we're ready for spring! The next meeting is April 14 at 7pm in the garden. Important discussions and the dues vote are on the agenda, so please attend if you can. Saturday, April 19 from 11-3 is the next work day. Sunday, April 20 from 9-11am we'll have an Easter egg hunt. Wednesday, April 30 from 7-8pm is World Book Night, when we'll gather to give away copies of The Botany of Desire. Prospective members and visitors are welcome to all garden events.
Sunday, October 27 from 3 to 5pm the garden will host a Halloween party. All are welcome. Please come in costume for a pumpkin hunt, marshmallow roasting, and more spooky treats and surprises. We'd be grateful for volunteers, or donations like craft supplies, cider, or baked goods (you can sign up here). Help us spread the word with the flyer!
Our first tea party is this Sunday, July 28, 4-6pm. Using the plants in the tea garden, members will make teas, infusions, and other refreshments to share. Please bring snacks, tea and friends.
Tea plants on the berm this year: poppy, lemon verbena, hyssop, anise hyssop, rau ram, camelia sinensis, several types of yarrow, Corsican, orange, pineapple and grapefruit mints, lemongrass, borage, African basil, lemon balm, hibiscus, interesting thymes, ginger, wild ginger, red perilla, lavender, etc. .
Save the date: our annual block party is Saturday, June 1 from 11-6. Join us on Franklin Avenue between Clifton and Greene for a potluck BBQ, bouncy castle, crafts and activities for kids and more!. To volunteer, email greene.acres@gmail dot com. (No parking on Franklin Ave Saturday, June 1. Please move your car by 9AM.)
In honor of National Poetry Month, our blog Poetry Greenhouse welcomes submissions of poems honoring our Paulownia tree (soon to bloom). Submit up to three pages of unpublished poetry, no more than one poem per page. Include a brief bio and your neighborhood of residence. Send as a word doc or pdf attachment by May 15, 2013 to greene.acres at gmail.com.
The Kate Newby sculpture which we had hoped to acquire last autumn has been installed in the garden. Last week, rather than moving the piece from Ft. Greene Park
as initially planned, Kate created a new version especially for Greene Acres.
Longtime member Suzan Frazier helped install the work, and reflects:
Save the dates! On Easter Sunday, March 31, we will have an egg hunt at 9am in the garden. On April 21, we will have a member potluck from 1-4pm to celebrate Earth Day and the growing season. Then, June 1 is our annual block party. Everyone is welcome.
During the season, garden meetings take place the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the garden. Work days take place the Saturday following the meeting from 11-3. New members are always welcome.
Join us Sunday at 2pm to celebrate a great season at Greene Acres. Carve a pumpkin, meet our new chickens and design them costumes, and take a whack at a scary pinata. We will be serving home-baked snacks, hot cider, and teas from the garden. Go on, ghoul!