Citizen Action Program News: June 2015

Upcoming Events

Rondout Valley Growers Association
Saturday September 26, SAVE THE DATE!  2015  RVGA Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue. Watch for details on their website ( and Facebook page ( – where you can find photos of the 2014 Barn Dance.  Sign up at the RVGA website for email updates.  Lots of volunteer and sponsorship opportunities to help create the harvest event of the year, a fabulous community event for all ages. Email: or call 845-626-1532. 

Honoring the Future
Honoring the Future has collected hundreds of signatures on a letter welcoming Pope Francis' historic visit to the U.S. and his upcoming encyclical on climate change.  Click here to add your signature. Signatures will be collected up until the Pope's visit to the U.S. in mid-September.  

Honoring the Future will also present a "Climate Art and Action" exhibition at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Information Center in Philadelphia starting June 30 and continuing through September, 2015.  The exhibition will feature 10 artists whose work addresses climate change.  It will be displayed in the windows of the Public Information Center, facing out onto the sidewalk, so it will be visible to pedestrians in this heavily foot-trafficked portion of Philadelphia's center city.  

Citizen Action in the News

Rondout Valley Growers Association
Shawangunk Journal: “Despite The Weather, Things Are Looking Up In Our Gardens” by Chris Rowley. May 21, 2015.

White Roof Project (Alumni)
Huffington Post: “White Roof, Low Energy” by NationSwell. May 22, 2015.

Rego Park Green Alliance
Times Ledger:, “Taking art to the next dimension” by Tammy Scileppi. May 29, 2015.

Essex Farm Institute
Press Republican: “Institute hires executive director”. May 31, 2015.

Past Events

Long Island Community Agriculture Network
With funding from the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund, LICAN is offering a series of free Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshops in four community sites across Long Island. This workshop presents an overview of organic vegetable gardening techniques and offers practical tips on how to plan and plant a vegetable garden or maximum productivity. Topics include garden design, soil enrichment, succession planting, and pest management. Click here for more information.

Rego Park Green Alliance
Sunday May 23rd at 63rd Drive between Alderton and Austin Rego Park. There was a collaborative community outdoor installation. RPGA is also launching a new residency using VR technology to create compelling stories around art, culture, and sustainability. To learn more go to

Stuyvesant Pathways
On Saturday, June 6th, it was such perfect weather---sunny, cool and breezy--- that Pathway volunteers: Cal Burch, Christian Sweningsen and Lee Jamison seized the day and the work gloves and Cal's chainsaw and headed for the woods. Eleven downed trees were cut and cleared from the one mile Asbornsen Nature Trail!

Sustainable Flatbush
Is happy to announce that their Healing Herb Garden and Compost programs are now part of Q Gardens — the neighborhood's newest community garden, located at Church Avenue and East 18th Street. Check out blog posts here and here to learn more about what's going on! Also stay tuned for updates on their very popular FREE herbal workshop series held each summer in partnership with Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and other new and exciting community projects they will be a part of in the coming months.
Here's to a great season! Note: Q Gardens compost open hours: Wed. 6:30 – 8:30pm; Sat.  11am – 1pm; Sun.  3 – 5pm

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