Citizen Action Group Updates
PAST EVENTSRondout Valley Growers Association
On February 28, RVGA and Rondout Valley High School kicked off the 2013 School District Speaker Series with a roundtable conversation of farmers, students, parents and community members.
The Speaker Series gives the community the opportunity to meet and hear the stories of the people and families behind the 17 million pounds of food produced in the Rondout Valley each year. The series is collaboration between the Rondout Valley Central Schools and the Rondout Valley Growers Association, and is open to the public.
For more information about future events as part of the Speaker Series, contact Deborah DeWan.(email@example.com)
Earth Matter enlisted the help of nearly 10 volunteers on Governors Island to build an Aerated Static Pile that will produce compost for the onsite farm and to giveaway to Island visitors. GrowNYC provided more than 8,000 pounds of food scraps collected from local farmers markets to serve as the “greens” for the pile. That’s 8,000 pounds of potential waste kept out of the landfill. For the “browns” they used leaves and woodchips from throughout NYC and Governors Island. The pile, spanning more than 10 feet in length, will very soon be transformed into compost. The newly built ASP system will take over a lot of the compost turning needs for the pile. Given the colossal size of pile, turning it would be an incredibly arduous task.
Earth Matter will host several events and workdays this spring and during the Governors Island season. Volunteer opportunities range from zero waste event coordination on Governors Island, helping with the animals and the demo farm, triking Governors Island during the season to pick up food scraps from source separation stations, and monthly farm market food scrap compost builds.
If you are interested in volunteering, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Long Island Agriculture Network’s Grow to Give project was created in 2012 to help religious organizations utilize their land and inspire volunteers to grow fresh produce for the needy. Garden vegetables are harvested and then given to local pantries. While their partners are mainly religious congretations, LICAN has completed a Grow to Give Guide that can be utilized my many different types of membership organizations for building service gardens. By creating the guide, LICAN shares their experience in the hopes that others will learn from what they have discovered and establish more Grow to Give gardens.
You can watch a brief video about the Grow to Give program and its partners here.