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January 2014 Bronx Green-Up and Compost Project E-News

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BRONX GREEN-UP

Pre-registration recommended. To reserve your place or for more information, please contact Bronx Green-Up at 718.817.8026 or bronxgreenup@nybg.org. Be aware that space is limited for some events; priority will be given to members of Bronx Green-Up gardens and NYC Compost Project sites in the Bronx.

GreenThumb/NYC Parks Membership Update
Join Bronx Green-Up as we host GreenThumb’s Membership Update for GreenThumb gardeners. It’s that time of year when gardeners need to update their community garden membership lists. GreenThumb is introducing its new Membership Agreement Form, available in four languages, which can also be accessed online. Gardeners must ensure their garden records are kept up-to-date with garden registrations and current license agreements, and have no outstanding violations in order to be eligible to receive supplies, technical assistance, and services throughout the year. For more information, call GreenThumb at 212.788.8070.
Saturday, February 8 • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. • The New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education Building, Room 302

Bronx Green-Up Info Table: Bronx Parks Speak Up—Bronx Parks: A 20/20 Vision
Visit our table for free tip sheets, pamphlets, and workshop schedules designed to help gardeners increase their horticultural expertise. Event registration required. For more information, visit bronxspeakup.org.
Saturday, February 22 • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. • Lehman College • 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West • Faculty Dining Room of the Music Building

Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series 2014
The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is an edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in an urban setting. The program consists of six classroom sessions and additional hands-on gardening instruction in the field. Each student will have the opportunity to design his or her own urban vegetable gardening project as a final component of the course. The projects are open-ended with two main goals: to grow more food and to pass on what will have been learned to an identified group in your community. To request an application, please e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org or call 718.817.8026.
Six Wednesdays, March 5–April 9 • 6–8 p.m. • The New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education Building

Workshop and Information Table: GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference
Join Bronx Green-Up for a gardening workshop and then visit our table for free tip sheets, pamphlets, and workshop schedules designed to help gardeners increase their horticultural expertise. For more information, visit greenthumbnyc.org.
Saturday, March 29 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; specific workshop time to be determined • Hostos Community College • East 149th Street and Grand Concourse

NYC COMPOST PROJECT
Pre-registration recommended. To reserve your place or for more information, please contact the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx at 718.817.8543 or compost@nybg.org. Be aware that space is limited for some events; priority will be given to members of Bronx Green-Up gardens and NYC Compost Project sites in the Bronx.

MulchFest: Chip In! Mulch Your Tree! Help NYC Grow!
Bring your holiday tree to a designated park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city. Remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. You are encouraged to bring sturdy bags to carry home free mulch provided at specific sites across the five boroughs. For more information, visit NYC’s 2014 Christmas Tree Recycling Web site.
Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12 • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. • Locations throughout New York City

Crazy for Composting
Are you passionate about composting but want more from your bin? This Q&A session provides the practical tips, advice, and encouragement you need to take composting to the next level, whether you are just starting out or have been digging in for years. Registered GreenThumb community gardens will be able to request an order of compost, soil, or clean fill for early spring delivery. Registration required; e-mail compost@nybg.org or call 718.817.8543 to register for one or both sessions.
Saturday, February 15 • 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. • The New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education Building

Bronx Master Composter Certificate Programapplications due February 20
This comprehensive train-the-trainer course is designed to promote the practice of composting in homes, schools, and community gardens in the Bronx. The program is held at The New York Botanical Garden in the spring and consists of seven Tuesday evening classes, two Saturday field trips, and 30 hours of Bronx-based volunteer outreach service in compost education and promotion. Course material fee is $40; limited scholarships are available. For an application and course details, visit the NYC Master Composter Certificate Course Web page, e-mail compost@nybg.org, or call 718.817.8543.

NYC Compost Project Information Tables
Stop by for free tip sheets, pamphlets, and workshop schedules designed to help gardeners increase their composting expertise. Experts will be on hand to answer composting questions.

  • Bronx Parks Speak Up
    Event registration required; for more information and to register, visit bronxspeakup.org.
    Saturday, February 22 • 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Information Table, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. • Lehman Community College • 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West • Faculty Dining Room of the Music Building 
  • GreenThumb GrowTogether
    Event registration required; for more information and to register, visit bronxspeakup.org.
    Saturday, March 29 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; specific workshop time to be determined • Hostos Community College • East 149th Street and Grand Concourse
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Author: Nurse B.

I love getting my hands dirty working on greening projects around NYC. With a background in program management and environmental education, I work with others to create learning opportunities for our youth. I advocate for holistic living through consumer awareness and community activism.

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