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News: June- July 2014 Upcoming Events

Compost for Brooklyn
Open House Iced Tea Party
Sunday, June 29th from 2-5
Newkirk Avenue and East 8th St.

Compost for Brooklyn invites all its neighbors--adults and children--to stop in and visit their urban garden and compost site. Activities include a walk around the garden for a look at their native plants, herbs and flowers, and even a step-by-step tour of the composting process. There will be a number of fun garden games for children. There will also be live music by Baharat. Baharat plays music influenced by Middle to Far Eastern cultures. Baharat is a band of musicians based in Brooklyn. The word Baharat is Arabic for spices. It refers to a spice blend that varies with each country. Participants can also enjoy refreshments including lavender lemonade and mint iced tea made from herbs from the garden. And throughout, there will be a group of friendly Compost for Brooklyn volunteers to greet you. We look forward to seeing you! Click HERE for more details. Compost for Brooklyn is also looking for volunteers; please email Natalia, their volunteer coordinator at:

Sustainable Flatbush 

Mukti’s Kitchen Comes to Sustainable Flatbush, Wednesday July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm: Sustainable Flatbush is offering Indian cooking classes with Mukti’s Kitchen in July. Location TBD.

Past Events

Sprout Farms
Saturday, May 10

Volunteer Day: A big thanks to our organizers who brought out so many people and provided tasty snacks and warm coffee.The volunteers spread netting over a handful of raised beds, repaired two raised beds, painted the remaining raised beds, sifted and distributed compost, and transplanted parsley, dill, mint and anise. Ten Eyck Garden was kind enough to share some of their wild violets, which were planted all along the south facing wall of the school building.

Rego Park Green Alliance
Underpass Scraping

Underpass Painting

The Rego Park Green Alliance is collaborating with the LIRR and local communities to create an underpass art exhibit. The Underpass Art Movement, which features multimedia art installations on sintra boards, is designed to promote a sustainable approach to dealing with the garbage and dilapidation present in many Queens Neighborhoods. Facebook page.

New York WILD Film Festival

On June 10 POV reviewed the 2014 New York WILD Film Festival on its blog. Click HERE for the article.

Brooklyn Food Coalition
BK Summer Food Festival
Sunday, June 1 from 3-6pm

BFC’s first fundraiser event of the year which featured live cooking demos, food workshops, family fun, dancing, music and best dish contents from Brooklyn's most delicious talents! Check out BK Summer Food Festival photos on FB! and the L4L campaign with school food engagement from the event! Congratulations to Brooklyn’s best Mac & Cheese contest winner Ogonnaya Dotson Newman! A warm and creamy dish with figs and mushrooms stole the hearts and stomachs of the judges.

Stewart Park Reserve Coalition
Annual Stewart State Forest Bike Tour

June 1 formerly called Bike the Buffer, takes place on the Stewart State Forest lands, New Windsor NY and is designed for mountain bikes, BMX, and hybrid bicycles. The ride offers three loops, each geared for different levels of experience, from beginner to expert. Besides a fun ride, we've got TONS of cool stuff planned - including a great lunch, drinks, ice cream, bike demos, massage, and more - see the ride info page!

Compost for Brooklyn Summer Block Party
June: Come with your e-waste recycling and food scraps; stay for the live music, workshops, and baked treats; leave with a free tree, bike bells, seeds and raffle prizes!

Lewisboro Land Trust
Mountain Laurel Hike
Saturday, June 7 from 10:00 am – 12pm

Hike the preserve’s newest trail, and see the “Mountain Laurels at Mountain Lakes Camp” while in bloom! Meet at camp office parking area just inside the entrance off Hawley Road, North Salem. Beautiful views and an exploration of this lovely preserve led by Peggy Nordgren.

Lewisboro Land Trust Annual Garden Tour
Sunday, June 8 from 10am-3pm

In partnership with the Lewisboro Garden Club, the Lewisboro Land Trust will host a garden tour that begins at Lewisboro Town Park (on Route 35) and concludes back at the park pavilion. The tour will conclude with a food, wine, and music reception at 3:30pm.

Earth Matter NY
Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 11 am - 6 pm Governors Island, NY

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra present a revelatory weekend welcoming thousands each year. All are dressed to the nines, dancing the Charleston and soaking up the atmosphere. Wear your finest roaring 20s style and educate event goers about separating their food scraps and compostable serviceware from recyclables and landfill bound waste. Great food, music and dance the day away with free entry to the event when volunteering for a 4 hour shift. To register as a volunteer, please email

Community Composting Build Sunday, June 15, 9 am-1 pm Governors Island, NY

Join us to build a compost windrow! We will combine 15,000 lbs of neighborhood food scraps with an equal amount of (GI) yard waste! No experience necessary, but closed-toed shoes are required. To register as a volunteer, please email

It's Your Tern Festival, Sunday, June 22, 12 - 4 pm Governors Island, NY

Join in the first celebration of all things tern and help bring awareness to this DEC "watched" bird species that calls Governors Island home. Fun for the whole family, activities will include boat rides for tern viewing, walking tours of the Governors Island, speakers, food, music, tabling, crafts, and an array of family friendly activities.


BioCities Inc., a project that focuses on optimizing the interconnectedness of humans and nature in urban areas, obtained its status as a nonprofit organization. On May 21, 2014 BioCities Inc. received designation as a 501c3 organization from the IRS. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing about their organization’s continued efforts!

Earth Matter NY, a project dedicated to advancing the art, science, and application of composting in and around NYC, obtained its status as a nonprofit organization. On June 5, 2014, Earth Matter NY received designation as a 501c3 organization from the IRS. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing about their organization’s continued efforts!