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On September 18th, the City Register published the name of the gentleman who purchased 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden.  His name is Herman Stark and his address is listed as 199 Lee Avenue Suite 308 Brooklyn NY 11211.  He paid $365,000 for this single 20x100 lot.

As far we can tell, the only reason someone would spend $365,000 for a 2,000 square foot lot would be to build a residential building.  Of course building such a structure would entail cutting down one of the tallest and most beautiful weeping willow trees in Brooklyn.  Is this really what the community wants to happen?  Is it really that important that we have more unaffordable housing in a borough already rated as one of the least affordable in the United States?  

Or would we rather have a community garden with a towering willow tree, surrounded by chickens, an aquaponics project, fruit trees and a cob oven?

Let your electeds know your preference.  Scott Stringer, the Comptroller, can be reached at 212-669-2156.  Robert Cornegy the local council member, can be reached at 212-788-7354.  Let them know you'd prefer a willow tree over a housing project!

On September 28th, garden members put up the sign you see in the photo.  We are asking for anyone who knows and cares for Imani Garden to send us an email telling of their experiences there and what they like most about the garden.  We're asking that you send your comments to " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ".  With your permission, we will publish your responses on this website.

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The weeping willow at Imani I, 87-91 Schenectady Avenue

 

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On Saturday October 17th at 1 PM, Guy D'Angelo, an organic farmer with 20 years experience growing on a 1/4 acre garden in Center Moriches Long Island, will be discussing fall crops and cover cropping at Imani II. Find out what plants you can grow in the fall in this zone and how to prepare your planting beds. Also learn about the advantages of putting a crop on your planting beds that will protect and enhance the soil over the winter. We will provide a demonstration of how to start your crop, how to cultivate and harvest it. Learn how you can extend the growing season even further with hoop houses over your growing beds.


Imani Garden II is located at 1680 Pacific Street in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. It has 13 raised beds, a 350 gallon water storage tank and a year around polycarbonate greenhouse.


To get there by mass transit, take the A/C or 3/4 trains to Utica Avenue. Walk Utica to Pacific Street and then walk west to Schenectady Avenue. Imani is located at the corner of Schenectady and Pacific Street.

 

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We just learned that, in a process still unclear to us, on June 18th, 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden, was sold to a private investor for the sum of $365,000.  In conducting a difficult referee sale, the community was overlooked and is now paying the price! Let us bring this great error to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s attention. Let him know that Crown Heights is who is suffering most from this dispute.  The other side lots in Imani are owned by the New York Restoration Project.  This sale goes forward on August 3rd.   Imani will be effectively cut into two pieces, and the 60 foot willow pictured above, an icon in Weeksville for a very long time, will be cut down.

 

Please ask Comptroller Scott Stringer to halt the closing.   Scott’s hot line number is 212-669-3916.  Tell him we need time to transfer the lot of NYRP where it should have been from the beginning.  

Also contact Stephanie Zimmerman, Council member Robert Cornegy’s Chief of Staff at 718-919-0740 x 106.  Ask her to have the Council set aside money to reimburse the City for the liens on 89 Schenectady.  

If you want more information about how you can help, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are working on an on-line petition and Facebook page to address this injustice.  Stay tuned for further developments.

 

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Gardeners relaxing under the weeping willow.  It may soon have a lot to cry about!

 

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Ngonda and Ntangou Badila With A Sign They Created

 

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Chickens Hard At Work in Imani Chicken Run

 

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Gardeners harvesting greens in Imani II

 

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Imani II raised beds and water storage tank

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Since at least the Bloomberg administration, NYC has been aggressivlely trying to paint itself as being "green".  The building codes are now requiring many green features and incentivising builders to add even more.  Builders get additional buildable square feet for adding water storage tanks on site and get tax credits for adding solar panels.  Bloomberg launched the "Million Tree" initialive and much progress has been made towards that goal.  PlanNYC initiated by Bloomberg and recently updated by DeBlasio calls for every NYer to be within a ten minute walk of green space.

Yet when the sustainability agenda collides that of real estate developers, guess who get thrown under the bus?  As you may already know, Imani Garden II at 1680 Pacfic Street, an established community garden with 13 raised beds, water storage system and greenhouse was put on a list along with 18 other gardens sent to developers as sites for "affordable" housing.  

Now we learned that, in a process still unclear to us, on June 18th, 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden, was sold to a private investor for the sum of $365,000.  In conducting a difficult referee sale, the community was overlooked and is now paying the price! Let us bring this great error to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s attention. Let him know that Crown Heights is who is suffering most from this dispute.  The other side lots in Imani are owned by the New York Restoration Project.  If this sale goes forward on August 3rd, Imani will be effectively cut into two pieces, and the 60 foot willow pictured above, an icon in Weeksville for a very long time, will be cut down.

To allow time for our elected officials to save the tree and the lot, please ask Comptroller Scott Stringer to halt the closing.   Scott’s hot line number is 212-669-3916.  Ask him to stop the sale so that the erroneous liens can be rescinded.  

Also contact Stephanie Zimmerman, Council member Robert Cornegy’s Chief of Staff at 718-919-0740 x 106.  Ask her to have the Council set aside money to reimburse the City for the sale price of 89 Schenectady.  

If you want more information about how you can help, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are working on an on-line petition and Facebook page to address this injustice.  Stay tuned for further developments.

 

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Imani I street view.  Weeping willow now has a lot to cry about!

 

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Imani II raised beds and water storage tank

 

 

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Are you part of the California drought problem?  Every time you buy a bunch of grapes from California, your contributing not only to some grower's bottom line, you're also consuming 24 gallons of California's water.  For details, check out this recent article in the New York Times about the Cali Drought.

Long before Napa and Central Valley become the nation's number one producer of grapes, New York had an established vineyard colony in the Finger Lake region.   While not reaching the levels of fame achieved by Napa, the the Finger Lake region still produces a passable riesling, and the climate is often compared to that of the riesling producing areas of the Rhine valley in Germany.  According to a 2005 study conducted about wine production in New York State, we have 31,000 wine bearing acres in New York and 1,384 farms producing grapes.  

So as the drought bears down, and California's water restrictions start to effect grape prices, you might want to look for a more local source.  We've actually got a nice grape vine growing along the fence at Imani Garden, which will be bearing grapes shortly, that is if Mayor De Blasio doesn't turn the garden into unafforable housing instead.  

IF this upsets, you might consider letting the Mayor know by writing him a letter.  Send us a copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Every little bit helps.  According to Paula Segal at 596 Acres, the City should be releasing in June the list of developers who've been awarded sites.  Stay tuned to find out if Imani has been awarded to anyone.

In the meanwhile, see you at the local wine bar!

 

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What's compost tea and how do you make it? Come find out on April 18 and 19 at Imani Garden! We'll be brewing a batch on Saturday and applying it on Sunday t...o our garden beds. Many soil biologists including Dr. Elaine Ingham believe that compost tea is an excellent way to amplify the biological activity in your compost.  For a 10 minute video that explains how to make compost tea click here.
We'll also be doing some work to get the garden ready for spring, including bringing leaves from a nearby park in a wheelbarrow brigade and cleaning out our water storage tanks and fish ponds.
Lots of fun. Bring some work gloves and if you have them, rubber gloves for cleaning the tanks and ponds.
We'll be providing some tasty vegetarian stew. Bring your favorite beverage and some hearty bread.
See you there! Donation of $5 requested to cover material costs.
Loving those worms in the compost pile at Imani!

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Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown announced an executive order mandating cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce water usage by 25%.  Unaffected by this order were the state's farms, which consume 80% of the state's water.  Why did farms get a pass on these reductions?  How much longer can they get away with it?  

Check out this article in the Daily Beast about the politics of water in California. 

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the state in 2013 exported the following amounts of food key to our nation's food supply:

 

  • Milk — $7.6 billion
  • Almonds — $5.8 billion
  • Grapes — $5.6 billion
  • Cattle, Calves — $3.05 billion
  • Strawberries — $2.2 billion
  • Walnuts — $1.8 billion
  • Lettuce — $1.7 billion
  • Hay — $1.6 billion
  • Tomatoes — $1.2 billion
  • Nursery plants— $1.2 billion


How will the rest of nation's food supply be effected by California's worsening drought?  What happens when the state's farms are forced to reduce water consumption?

Wouldn't it make sense for NYC residents to think about these questions now, before there's a crisis.  Community gardens certainly provide at least part of the answer.  In January, Mayor DiBlasio's Housing Dept. announced that 17 gardens were to be developed as affordable housing.  Let Mayor DiBlasio know that you want the 17 gardens saved from development so they can continue to provide residents with a secure and healthy source for fresh produce.  You can reach his Brooklyn liaison Kicy Motley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Send her a note today to express your concern.  

 

 

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On a cold February 10th morning about 100 intrepid gardeners gathered on the steps of City Hall to express their outrage.  It seems that Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the housing arm of New York City, had decided on its own authority to confiscate 17 community gardeners for "affordable housing".  Without any advance warning to the Parks Department that administers community gardens on City land, the affected City Council members or the community boards, on January 14th HPD issued a Request for Proposals asking developers to express interest in developing housing on 181 City-owned lots.  Buried among these 181 lots, among over 1,000 owned by the City, were 17 community gardens.

The response was swift and furious.  Within 24 hours, Antonio Reynoso, a Council Member from Williamsburgh, issued a letter to the mayor asking that all 17 of the gardens be removed from the list.  By the date of the rally, CMs Robert Cornegie, Rosie Mendez and Stephen Levin had also voiced their concern about the manner in which HPD conducted itself.

The question we have to ask ourselves: what role do gardens play in our communities?  Are communities more than just affordable housing?  In fact, the housing being offered by HPD is not even affordable.  Using something called the Area Median Income (AMI), under the RFP terms, only 1/3 of the units need to be affordable, meaning 2/3 of the units won't be affordable.  And HPD's definition of affordable is 80% of the AMI for a family of four.  Given that the AMI (based on regional statistics that include suburban counties) is $88,600, than means that one out of three units must be affordable to a family earning $70,880.  Hello, HPD.  That does not reflect the actual incomes of families in these communities.  These units will be affordable in name only.

Don't let this mindless land grab go unnoticed.  Sign our petition at Stop the land grab.

For more information on this situation, check out New York City Community Garden Coalition website.

Stay tuned for more developments!

 

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When we discovered that the vacant lot near Imani I was actually owned by the people, we were overjoyed.  We'd been trying to garden at Imani I for several years but due to a large willow tree, the garden got little light.  By contrast, the vacant lot at 1680 Pacific was just a few feet from Imani I and had no trees at all!

We asked the elected officials who represent us if we could garden there and were initially told no because it was under the jurisdiction of Housing Preservation and Development.  But to our surprise, they offered us a license revokable at will, to use the lot for gardening.  

Of course, our mistake was to accept this Faustian bargain, and sure enough just a few short years later, after we had invested over $5,000 in adding planting beds, a water storage tank and a beautiful greenhouse, our 60 plus past or present members are about to be evicted.  Why this lot was given to HPD, and not Parks, is a mystery.  It's a small corner lot just 30 ' x 87 ', across from the Weeksville Houses, down the street from a large Sanitation garage and a block from the LIRR elevated train line.  It's the only garden in a 20 block radius so if you want to garden in the area, we're it.  It's noisy and has been vacant for over 30 years.  If there was ever a house on the site, it was a long time ago, and it's probably been vacant for good reasons.  

But rather than fight City Hall, we took the bait and ran.  

Now, we have no choice but to fight the decision to turn our garden into housing.  After a meeting of garden members last night, we will be producing a video featuring garden members and inviting local elementary schools to come by for a visit.  If you'e like to find out how you can help, send us an email at " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ".

The deadline for developers to respond to the City's request for proposals is February 19th.  We have up until then to pursuade the City to remove our garden from the list.

Any help would be appreciated.

 

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In 2007 I was among a group of local permies who visited something called the Science Barge floating in the Hudson River.  It got a lot of media attention.  It focused on using solar power to do a lot of things, including growing vegetables with hydroponics.
 
Somehow, this little barge morphed into a big outfit called Bright Farms.  They're still based in NYC, and one of their first projects was supposed to be in Sunset Park on the roof of a manufacturing loft.  As far as I know, that never happened.  They do appear to have a large operation in Bucks County, and are gearing up for greenhouses in Wash. DC, St. Paul Minn and a number of other cities.
 
They have a large staff and are based in lower Manhattan with lots of money from venture capitalists.
 
 
Ok, I get this all sounds too weird to be true, but there’s a lot to like in what their CEO Paul Lightfoot is saying.  My key question: how do we feel about hydroponics?
 
 
 
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As the darkness of December descends on Imani, a group of volunteers completed work on the climate battery in the greenhouse at Imani II.  Just to recapitulate, the climate  battery concept was introduced by Jerome Osentowsky at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute to extend the growing season in their greenhouses.  Located in Basalt Colorado, CRMRI has been able to achieve remarkably warm temperatures in their greenhouses during cold winter weather using what Jerome calls a "climate battery".  At 7,200 feet above sea level, the greenhouses suffer very low winter temperatures, but also enjoy lots of sunlight.  CRMPI was able to capture the heat generated by the sun and keep it in the greenhouses using a climate battery. The climate battery consists of ducts located at the top of the greenhouse which connect to similar ducts in the ground under the greenhouse.  Using small fans, the heat available during the hot sunny days is blown into the ground where it warms the soil.  Jerome grows a number subtropical and tropical plants in the greenhouses.  When the cold is too intense for even the climate battery to overcome, the staff fires up the adjacent hot tub and lets the heat warm the greenhouse.  Now that's not just sustainable, that's a great permaculture lifestyle!

At Imani II. we've run 4" aluminium duct commonly used to exhaust household dryers along the top of the greenhouse.  We've connected this to 4" drainage pipe buried a few inches below the ground on each side of the greenhouse floor.  At the front of the upper duct is a 12 volt fan repurposed from a discarded computer.  The fan is controlled by a thermostat commonly used for attic fans.  When the temperature at the top of the greenhouse reaches 60 degrees, the fan comes on and blows hot air into the buried drainage pipes.  

To enhance the solar gain, we've placed six donated 55 gallon plastic drums filled with water along the sides of the greenhouse.  The water will capture the heat during the days and use it to warm the greenhouse at night.  We're also using the tops of the drums as platforms for our planting beds.

The fan is powered by two 6 volt deep-cycle batteries connected in series to create 12 volts.  The batteries are charged by a single 100 watt PV panel mounted on the south side of the greenhouse.

We installed an inexpensive ($12) electronic indoor/outdoor thermometer to measure the indoor and outdoor.  Because it has been raining here in Brooklyn for the past week, the differential has only been averaging a couple of degrees between indoor and outdoor.  I'm waiting on some sunny weather to see how much the sun raises the indoor temperature.

Today, Roman Yavich, Corey Hopp, Tommy and myself spread about 700 pounds of sand and gravel on the floor of the greenhouse on top of a layer of heavy plastic.  The plastic will prevent moisture from coming up into the greenhouse house and the sand and gravel will help retain heat.  

Finally we painted the drums black to increase their heat absorption.  

Total cost: $172.  The solar panel and batteries are not included as they were borrowed from our aquaponics system which doesn't work in the winter.

Below is the story in pictures.

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A solar panel affixed to the south side of the greenhouse charges two deep-cycle storage batteries

 

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An aluminum duct that runs along the top of the greenhouse ceilig is tied into buried drainage pipe.

 

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Plastic drainage pipe is buried in the floor to transfer the heat at the top into the soil.

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Sand is placed top of plastic on the floor of the greenhouse.

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Tommy and Cory spreading gravel on top of the sand  

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Roman painting the water-filled drums with black paint

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Some trays of micro greens on top of the black drums.

 

We will be monitoring the climate battery's performance over the winter months and will fine tune and adjust the system based on its performance.  As an old boss once told me, "all good big systems are based on good small ones".  As we learn about climate batteries in our little 10' x 12' greenhouse, we hope to apply our experience to larger greenhouses.  The goal: help feed ourselves year round, not just in the warm summer months.  After all, I do eat 12 months a year, and I suppose you do the same.  Let's learn how grow locally 12 months a year as well.

 

 

 

 

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Travis Frazelle and I spent a lovely Sunday morning moving the solar panel from the aquaponics system in Imani I to the new greenhouse in Imani II.  The aquaponics system goes quiet in the winter while the greenhouse scene comes to life so we figured the solar panel would be more helpful with the greenhouse.  We also removed the pump from the pond for the winter and moved the two six volt deep cycle storage batteries to the greenhouse. 

 

I salvaged a 12 volt fan from an old computer and hooked it up to the batteries (connected in serial to create 12 volts) and it works fine, as you can see below.

 

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Next step: bury 4 inch plastic drain pipe along the sides of the greenhouse.   We then tie 4 inch aluminum duct along the ridge at the top of the greenhouse and connect it to the buried drain.

We'll connect the 12 volt salvaged fan, controlled by a attic fan thermostat, to the front of the top tube.  

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We will cover the floor of the greenhouse with thick plastic, then sand and finally gravel.  

Finally we'll place donated six 55 gallon barrels filled with water on top of the buried drain pipe and paint them black.  These barrels serve as the base for our planting trays in the greenhouse.  These also store heat captured during the days.

Once the system is all in place, the fan will move warm air at the top of the greenhouse down into the soil under the barrels.  The fan will only come on when the temperature reaches 60 degrees at the top of the greenhouse. The black barrels will also absorb heat directly from the sun.  The heat will then dissipate slowly over the cold nights to keep our greenhouse warm.

We'll also be installing a thermometer to measure both indoor and outdoor temperatues to record the temperature differentials we are achieving.  

At the very least, we should be able to grow cold hardy plants such as lettuce, kale, cabbage and brocolli during the cold winter months.

Net cost: about $175.

More soon. 

 

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Has The Motor City become the Garden City!!

 

I’m just back from a seven day road trip to Michigan. The highlight of my trip was the tour of Detroit’s gardens. I just happened to be there in time for the 17th annual garden tour.

 


This has grown to be a huge event. Starting at the Eastern Market , this year’s tour was sold out when I arrived. Fortunately I was able to get a ticket from the waiting list. Just seeing the Eastern Market was an experience. It is the largest public food market in the US  with over 250 vendors every Saturday in three large “stalls”. The tour was mobbed with a lot of folks of all ages, genders and ethnicities. I was told there were over 600 in attendance. The tours were broken up into three bus routes, east, north and west and two bike routes. Two busloads of eager garden tourists toured each of the three bus routes. I took the eastern tour where we saw Vedic Village ,an organic paradise, Feedom Freedom Community Garden, about four lots tucked next to the gardener’s house that has been declared a “peace zone for life”, Three Sisters, about eight lots filled with vegetables, flowers and fruit trees, and, yes, beans, corn and squash (the Native American “three sisters”) and finally Faith Farm (Food Action in the Hood), being built following permaculture principles by a a local permaculturist.

 


Our tour guide, a young staffer at Keep Growing Detroit, was very excited by the whole reality that is gardening in Detroit. She told us that after seven years of struggle, local groups had just gotten an urban food policy approved by the City. This policy not only allowed farms in Detroit, it requires that these farms be organic! Another woman I met, Oya Makisi, who works for The Greening of Detroit, advised me that a for-profit farm that was recently approved by the City wanted to use industrial agricultural techniques but that they had to finally back down due to the new policy. This farm, called Hantz Woodlands, will grow oak and maple trees and mow grass to give the formerly abandoned lots a friendlier feel. They claim to have recently bought 200 acres from the City but plan to have up to 2,000 acres in their farm.

 


Another interesting operation is Recovery Park started by a drug counseling agency to help create jobs for those with barriers to employment. They’ve lots of plans and lots of partners but I didn’t hear of much recent activity from them.

 


All in all, a lot going on. I’d encourage you to look at this trailer for Grown In Detroit  And turn off the freeway for a better look the next time your driving through Detroit. You’ll get quite an eyeful.

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Lafayette Green in Downtown Detroit 

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Dinner at The Eastern Market for attendees of 17th Annual Garden Tour

 

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I just want to report that we're now picking up every three days from both Tinto Coffee shop and Punchline juice bar. We're getting getting about 8 gallons of organics from each collection. I'm hauling the material once a week in my bike cart directly to the compost bins at Imani II. We should be able to produce at least a cubic yard of compost this year for the garden from these collections.
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It seems that the drought in California is really kicking in.  According to today's New York Times, experts estimate that over 500,000 acres will not be planted in the Central Valley this year.  As you may know, the Central Valley is the single largest source for fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States.  The four most productive agricultural counties in the US are in the Central Valley.  The total agricultural production of the Valley amounted to $17 billion in 2002.  It is the leading source in the US for tomatoes, almonds, grapes, cotton, apricots, and asparagus.

No water has flowed in irrigation canals for three years now at some farms and drilling wells, if one can find a well-driller who isn't booked years in advance, is very expensive.  Without regular rain to replenish the aquifer, it's only a matter of time until the water in the wells dries up as well.

In a February 13th article in the National Geographic, Celeste Cantu, manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, states that "the cost of fruits and vegetables could soar" because of the drought.  In the same article, B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley who has studied 1,000's of years of drought history, states that "California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more."

Because we receive most of our fresh fruits and vegetables from areas such as California, the implications for NYC are clear.  We need to obtain a lot more food independence.   One of the ways we can do this, in addition to relying on local farmers, is to begin growing food on vacant lots. 

With some 596 acres of city land sitting vacant, growing in community gardens is a real possibility.  And because we need to eat year around, we need to grow food year around as well.  Growing fruits and vegetables inexpensively in the winter in the Northeast requires a special kind of greenhouse, one that maximizes the sun as a heat source. 

Several gardens have been developing this capability for years.  One example is at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute at Basalt Colorado.  Jerome Osentowski, their executive director, has been growing semi-tropical plants year around using what he calls a "climate battery" to capture the warmth of the sun.  More well known in the Northeast of course is Eliot Coleman, whose Four Season Farm in Maine is an example of what can be grown year round in a cold climate.

The Imani Garden, at Schenectady and Dean in Crown Heights Brooklyn, is about to build a greenhouse that uses a climate battery and a below grade design that should achieve semi-tropical temperatures throughout the winter with few external inputs.  Working with the architectural firm of SRY Rainbow, Imani and its sponsor Green Phoenix Permaculture with the assistance of Citizens Committee NYC, Project Green Thumb and New York Restoration Project, hopes to begin construction this spring.  By using earthbag construction that incorporates earth from the excavation to build walls on three sides of the greenhouse, construction costs will be kept to a minimum.

If you would like to attend a pre-construction fund raiser to help us raise funds for the construction and view the design for this new greenhouse, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks,

Greg

 

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A bunch of us took advantage of the beautiful weather on Sunday Feb. 2 to replace the frayed plastic on the greenhouse and remove a planting bed.  With the planting bed gone from inside the greenhouse, we'll have more room for benches to place our seeds.  We've purchased 150 peat pots and containers to keep the seeds comfy and moist.

 

We will be building the new benches next weekend on Feb. 8th and 9th.  If you'd like to get involved, shoot me an email.

 

Meanwhile Alijan Sethy of the design firm SRY Rainbow is sketching up a new greenhouse for us.  It will incorporate earthbag construction technology, be at least 12 feet high and use internal piping to create what Jerome Ostenkowski calls a "climate battery".  More about what Jerome is up to can be found at his website: 

 

http://crmpi.org/

 

Below are some photos of us at work on Sunday.

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The International Permaculture Convergence was an incredible gathering of over 450 permies in Cuba.  Three days in Havana and 7 days at a beach resort on the north coast.  Hundreds of speakers from 67 countries.

Come to a report Wednesday March 12 at 7 PM at the Brookyn Launch Pad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn NY.  This is in the Crown Heights section.  You can take the 2,3,4,5 train to Franklin Avenue.  Launch pad is between Sterling Place and Park Place.  Jonathan Rimerez and I will be showing photos and talking about our experiences. Get the real skinny on what's happening in Cuba and also get the low down on permaculture, a growing movement of gardeners and desiggners that just might save the planet from overdevelopment.

For more information and to RSVP, go to:

http://www.meetup.com/nycpermaculture/events/160922212/

See you there!

Greg

 

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Video shared by on in Urban Agriculture

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From San Francisco, this video articulates well the vision of urban agriculture as a tool for community buildings.  One of the key points is that we need to do a better job of capturing our cities' wasted resources.  And by the way you can also eat the vegetables!

 
 
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